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Thread: Anyone ever had pneumothorax?
08-16-2011, 11:21 PM #1
Anyone ever had pneumothorax?
its a disease where theres an air leak in your lung and its deflates and air forms between the chest wall or something like that
not too sure but i recently experienced it
was wondering if anyone who plays badminton ever experienced it and still plays today and have any stories
i was hoping i could play badminton again this year after my recent pneumothorax which occured a week ago
08-17-2011, 08:11 AM #2
Yes, suffered approx 3 years ago with a Spontaneous Pneumothorax - This is not as uncommon as you may think and can happen to anybody, a small tiny defect in the lung wall can tear, sometimes though something as simple as coughing or a chest infection.
Many dont require specific treatment and will sort thenselves out, but I spent 4 days in hospital with a drain in my chest because I am asthmatic also. The chances of reoccurance are high in the first 6 months and I am sure you have been advised not fly in this period, but after 6 months and 12 months respectivley the changes of reoccurance drop dramatically.
I was back playing within 4 weeks, which is quite quick, just took it easy, My consultant was really supportive, the only concern was that if I played so hard that i ended up gasping for breath this could put unnecssary pressure on the newly healed lung. Since then never had any further problems.
08-17-2011, 01:03 PM #3
Good answer from sykes4211. If I may emphasize one point: Most people can safely return to full activity but you need to follow your doctor's advice for your specific case. Best of luck.
08-17-2011, 01:39 PM #4
An attack of Pneumothorax can be very painful! If it is a severe attack, you may even have to be admitted for an "aspiration" procedure to be done in hospital by way of insertion of a needle into the chest cavity to remove the trapped air. Were you by any chance a heavy smoker?
You may want to consult with a specialist for a breathing exercise regimen that is specific for this condition.