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spontaneous pneumothorax / collapsed lung
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Posted 2010-11-08 8:40 PM (#125963)
Subject: spontaneous pneumothorax / collapsed lung


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Location: Khon Kaen, Thailand
Tue 9 Nov 2010, 8:25 am

Hello All,

I am writing for a friend of mine who was just released from hospital after suffering an episode of "spontaneous pneumothorax' or collapsed lung. I don't know if the cause is known generally or in his specific case, but it is more common in tall, thin, male caucasians. This is the first time I have ever considered myself lucky to be short and fat!

He has had episodes in the past, but I don't know how many. Episodes are clearly a medical emergency and if not treated promptly result in loss of life. He has been lucky. I don't know if he has already had surgeries or if he is only considering them, but there are apparently medical procedures which will reduce the possibility of future episodes.

He is around 40, has a normal lifestyle, but I don't know if he does anything strenuous such as sports, but he is active, works full time, and travels back & forth from Thailand frequently, so apparently he is not very limited by this other than the treat of a possible future episode.

Are any of you therapists or teachers familiar with or have any experience with working with people with this condition? Would asana and pranayama or other practices tend to invite or prevent future episodes? It doesn't strike me as there is any "intuitively correct" response to this question. It is either something you know about or you don't.

Thanks v. muc for any feedback.

Khon Kaen, Thailand

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Posted 2010-11-09 9:52 AM (#125968 - in reply to #125963)
Subject: RE: spontaneous pneumothorax / collapsed lung

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Wow Rex - I have only heard of that happening in cases of various traumas inflicted on people in TV shows. That's the one where they plunge a huge syringe into the chest - very dramatic! I had no idea it could happen spontaneously! I am sure a good program of asana and pranayama would help, but I would be extra super cautious about pranayama. Any sort of over-doing could probably be dangerous.
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Posted 2010-11-16 12:55 AM (#126104 - in reply to #125963)
Subject: RE: spontaneous pneumothorax / collapsed lung

Location: London, England
Hi Rex,
Don't know very much about this one, but do know that patients are told to avoid air travel, which might be of concern to your friend-I think it's because of changes in atmospheric pressure, but am not too sure, would have to look into it further. He might also avoid nightclubs-I have a friend whose lung kept collapsing, tall, male, smoker, keen on clubbing-again not too sure of the mechanism for this, but loud music seems to be a no-no.
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Posted 2011-03-21 4:25 AM (#207941 - in reply to #125963)
Subject: RE: spontaneous pneumothorax / collapsed lung


Posts: 258
...had never thought that loudness in the environment might help this incident Nick, but indeed years ago our drummer had such an incident and we had to rush him to the hospital. We were shocked then... He was 100% healthy and living a healthy life, was thin, but not tall, there was no apparent reason for this to happen to him. But he got totally cured and out of the hospital in few days. Must be more than 15 years ago when this had happened, since then he never again had such a problem, is now a family-man, but still playing drums as an amateur (and with less volume... I presume:-)
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