I am a 44 year old male and suffered from my first lunge collapse two years ago, then again in November 2010 and again in February 2011
In March 2011 I went in for surgery and got what many of you seem to have described in some way or the other: A tiny bit of the lunge was cut off and then the top lobe of the right lung was stapled. Also the inside of the pleural cavity was 'roughed up' to get the lung to 'stick' (although I did not seem to have any blisters). In short all went well and I'm after 2Â½ months ok.....But:
I feel short of breath when exercising. It's like I don't convert the air like I used to and the air is not transformed to energy. So I'm far from being able to run like I used to. Can do 5-7km. Sometimes well but mostly with effort and used to run 14 for fun . Also I sometimes feel like I have a 'fist in my chest that I would like to cough up'.....I don't have tissue numbness or anything like that.
So basically I'm ok - I guess - and have heard that this can take time. Up to 6-12 months before your lunge is ok again. Why I'm not sure?
Anyone feeling like this or have been through something similar and who can't exercise like they used to?