After Pneumothorax tube insertion

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hello i had a tube insertion 2 weeks ago due to primary spontaneous Pneumothorax and my right lung recovered well after the tube insertion, but unfortunately i have a pain on my back that rises to my chest and makes it harder to be to breath and then i cough, that happens every time i kneel down or pick something up from the ground in addition to that i also hear like popping sound on my middle chest thats keep popping, i would love to know if this is normal after the tube insertion or i should be worried.

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    Hi,  Is your tube still inserted?  I am going to assume that it has been removed and your pneumothorax was resolved.

    I had this happen 3 times now.  Each time, when my lung re-collapsed, I began having a popping noise in my chest that I noticed every time I laid down.  When I would bend over I would feel a bubbling feeling in my chest.   This was my experience, and you might be experiencing something completely different.  I would recommend contacting your primary physician or your pulmonary physician and explain your symptoms and ask them to order a chest X-ray to see if there is another pneumothorax.  It will give you piece of mind if nothing else.

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      My last pneumothorax was the beginning of March.  I was admitted to the hospital.  In the ER the put a chest tube in to keep the pneumothorax from getting any worse until they could get me in for surgery.  Two days later I had a VATS procedure with pleurodesis.  They used a talc solution to adhere my lung to my chest wall and keep it from collapsing again.  So far it has been successful.  It was a very painful procedure, but then again a pneumothorax is very painful also.  I am still in a bit of pain in my right lung where they ‘glued’ it to the chest wall.  From the research I have done, It seems that this is normal.  I have had several follow up X-rays and they all are good.  They were not able to get biopsies from my lung, due to intubation issues, so I do not know the exact cause of mine.  They were thinking that it might be from endometriosis, as I had it really Bad when I was younger.  It only got better because I had a hysterectomy after my daughter was born.  They left 1 ovary.

      I hope this helps.  If I can answer any other questions, please let me know.

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      Tbh I just want to know if I should be worried about the popping sound and the pain, knowing that I didn’t glue my lungs yet they said that I will do the glue surgery in 2 months, btw do u recommend the glue surgey ?
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      IMO, yes, you should be concerned about the popping and the pain.  

      Yes, if you want to stop having pneumothorax, the VATS procedure with talc is what needs to be done.

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      There isn’t anything YOU can do to “solve” it!     Go to the doctor!!!   

      The Doctor will determine  what needs to be done and will do it.

      I simply stated what my experience was and what had to be done.  You have to first find out if there is even a problem!!

      Call or go to your Doctor or the ER.  

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