what does it feel like to breathe if you have a collapsed lung

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Dr. John Lipman answered:

What does it feel like to breathe if you have a collapsed lung?

Usu short of breath

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Collapsed lung (pneumothorax) if tiny will not cause noticable symptoms. If large, can cause shortness of breath, pain when taking a deep breath. Seen in tall thin pts, chest trauma (or lung/chest biopsy), smokers (emphysema). If tiny no treatment. If larger, a needle can suck out air and can manage as oupt with f/u chest xray. If very large, thin tube placed and suction overnight, f/u chest xray.
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Dr. William Nyman answered:

How hard to breathe with a collapsed lung.?

Depends

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Difficutly in breathing can vary significantly depending on: Degree of collapse or how much functional lung is compromised. How functional the remaining lung is.(Is there already underlying lung disease?) Cause of collapse and associated chest wall problems. Air, fluid or blood around the lung or an airway blockage. So, it can be symptom free or life threatening
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

No

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Holding one's breath a long time is not a known risk factor for collapsing a lung. The risk factors are smoking, and having lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive lung problems, etc... Also, a person who has had one spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is at higher risk for having another pneumothorax.
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Pain under ribs in my right backside, shortness of breath, hurts to take deep breath. Concerned it might be collapsed lung?

Chest pain

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Go get checked by doctor, lots of possibilities, that is one of them
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Dr. Oscar Novick answered:

How does it really feel when you get a part of your lung removed from a thoracotomy procedure due to pneumothorax? Do you feel short of breath?

Thoracotomy

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Immediately after surgery you do feel short of breath and it may be necessary to use oxygen for several months
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Dr. Bennett Werner answered:

Should I be concerned if my ct scan of my lungs shows mild bibasilar gravity dependent atelectasis. reason is shortness of breath.?

No

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If you take a few good deep breaths, you'll eliminate it. If CTs were free and had no radiation dose, you could prove this by taking a few deep breaths and repeating your scan.
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Dr. Philip W. Chao answered:

What does it feel like to have a collapsed lung?

Chest pain

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and shortness of breath. Get a xray of your lungs if your doctor wants to check for this. (sometimes fever too)
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

How can you tell if you have a collapsed lung?

Doctor's exam, Xray

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Symptoms of pneumothorax (collapsed lung) include sharp chest pains (especially with breathing), a dry cough, and shortness of breath. If the leaked air is compressing the lungs and heart, it is a tension pneumothorax (life-threatening!) and symptoms include a very anxious looking person with trouble breathing or talking, swollen veins in the neck, & bluish skin color (cyanosis). Confirm by X-ray.
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I have a collapsed lung and everytime i sneeze i feel that my chest hurts?

Inflammation

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Air in the pleural cavity can cause irritation leading to pain on chest wall movement, like coughing or deep breathing. Treatment depends on the cause of the collapsed lung, the size of the collapse, and other symptoms.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard answered:

Do I know if i have a collapsed lung?

Maybe not

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Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. Symptoms if present may include shortness of breath, cough, and/or chest pain. The first line of diagnosis for large pneumothorax is a good history and physical examination (stethoscope). Most smaller pneumothoraces can be diagnosed with good 2 view chest X-ray series. Occasionally, a CT-scan may be necessary.
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