Pneumothorax - Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of pneumothorax?

Symptoms of a pneumothorax include chest pain that usually has a sudden onset. The pain is sharp and may lead to feelings of tightness in the chest. Shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, cough, and fatigue are other symptoms of pneumothorax. The skin may develop a bluish color (termed cyanosis) due to decreases in blood oxygen levels.

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Comment from: thoraxe, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 01

I was 15 at the time and I was in severe pain taking a test, and I started to move. It felt a huge amount of pressure on my heart which made every step horrific. I was rushed to the emergency room and saw an x-ray that my left lung was half deflated. I spent 5 days in the hospital to recover. One year later, the same lung collapsed; 13 months later again after taking a 4 mile bike ride without noticing. I had VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery) which caused the lung to stick to the chest wall. It healed in the same amount of time but after having been in the hospital for 10 days from the lung being inflated and then the VATS. Four years since the last time and I couldn't be healthier but pains are still there, random, sometimes they are intense and sometimes they are able to be dealt with. First time it was apparent something was wrong but the second time I've had panic attacks with worst pain.

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Comment from: Carr, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

My pneumothorax onset was early morning and sudden, just as I began jogging. I had recently quit smoking. My most unpleasant symptom was a weird sensation when bending forward from the waist; it felt as though little bubbles were travelling upwards as I leaned over. The symptoms were somewhat alleviated by raising my arms up high and holding them for several seconds.

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