View Full Version : COLLAPSED LUNG

05-17-2005, 01:26 AM
my best friend's right lung just collapsed and they put a tube in on her side i guess to suck the air out surrounding the lung. does anyone know anything about collapsed lungs? how long it takes to heal? etc?<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-frown.gif" border="0">

05-17-2005, 07:28 AM
collapsed lungs happen for all kinds of reasons, it sounds lilke you are describing a pneumothorax. Everyone is different so it is hard to guess on how long she will have it. Assuming it was a spontaneous pneumo (they can just happen by coughing) your looking at the tube being in for 3-7 days. But, it really depends on the size of the pneumo and cause, I am just giving you a vague guess.

Luke, RRT

05-17-2005, 08:39 AM
One of my good friend's lung collapsed two years ago as she was wiping down her counters. She was in the hospital for a week, and then discharged as perfectly healthy. Other than scuba diving (which she is no longer allowed to do), there apparently isn't anything that she could do to keep it from happening again, or to make it happen again either for that matter. (So she can continue cleaning the kitchen, as her husband pointed out)

My friend doesn't have CF, but she is a very small person with little bones, and she was told that small boned females are more likely to have this issue.

Sorry I don't have more info, but hopefully your friend heals quickly and is back on her feet again soon!

-- Jenica

05-17-2005, 11:05 AM
I have had three Pneumothorasis. And it is no fun having them. The first two healed on their own within a week, the third one required surgery. Reasons behind these is a hole developes in the lung causing the air to leak in the surrounding cavity, this hole can be caused due to the lung damage. In my case it was explained the damage to my right upper lobe from CF made the lobe less structural, like a building without the supports, and from infection or whatever caused me to cough and it collapsed. I feel for your friend, if the chest tube hits a nerve the pain can be awful, making sleeping, therapy and walking painful. Most times they heal on their own, I am sure she will be just fine.

Wish her well.

27 w/cf

05-17-2005, 04:04 PM
I have never had one, but i've always wondered...What does it feel like and how do you know that you have a collapsed lung?

05-17-2005, 05:55 PM
Well each of mine presented itself differently, but when you know - you know. Shortness of breath - I mean to the extreme, if a large portion is collapsed. Pain in the upper shoulder region, pain when laying down, sometimes I had a wooshing feeling when I bent over, dry cough -no sputum production. My second pneumo I thought I had bronchitis, but yet knew it was more cause I couldn't lay flat. It all seems a bit fuzzy, but I just know that I knew - if that makes sense.

27 w/cf

05-18-2005, 09:24 PM
<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border="0"><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-frown.gif" border="0"><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">my bf is in now with a collasped lung, hisfifth one. a lot depends on corbon dioxide building up in your blood to. so they put you on ivs while you are in there, they say might as well why you are here. a lot depends on you as to how fast you recover. if you are down, the carbon can stay in you for a while.its hard to be up beat when you are in, but we manage. a little goofyness, and a lot of joking around helps us. she needs to stay up beat, and take the smallest dose of meds, so you are not a zombie. try tollerating the pain as much as possible, try to stay awake as much as possible in the day, you heal faster, and sleep better at night. some of this sounds crazy, but it works. the first day or two you dont want to talk or any thing. it gets better, you look foward to going home, and you try to take precautions, and you are careful on what you do, like lifting etc... dont know if this helps, but everyone is diffrtent. we are on the transplant list now, <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border="0"><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0"><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border="0"> its hard to answer for someone else, we can only tell what we have been through. good luck.