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I've been under chest tube treatment for 18 days for my right lung which was 75-80% collapsed. Too long because I refused to undergo open surgery or VATS as recommended by doctors. Got 3 surgeries already in the past for other illnessess, afraid of having another one :-( This is the most painful and teriffying episode happened in my life. Sitting position while sleeping - oh, sleepless nights throughout my hospital confinement. Tears and a lot of prayers. My daily treatment to expand my right lung aside from chest tube drain? A special breathing exercise (yoga breathing and cough like breathing) with the use of incentive spirometer. I need to hit a mark with this apparatus. Pain reliever was increased and introduced through IV. Chest X-ray every 2-3 days. Slow and painful...but X-ray result shows improvement from 80% down to 60, 50, 20, until on the 18th day, X-ray result showed full expansion of my right lung! Doctors were amazed and I was in tears of joy! Had hi res CT scan after lung has fully expanded to check for any bleb...no bleb or any abnormalities. Very unusual, according to doctor. I was an active person, I run, play badminton and non-smoker. A month earlier prior my hosp confinement, I took a diving lesson, my first time to dive. Five days after diving, I flew, a 45 min on the plane. Then a month later, this SP occured. The sad thing is that there is chance of recurrence. No more strenuous activities like I used to do.
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