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The athlete, exercise and pneumos.

 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:35 pm    Post subject: The athlete, exercise and pneumos.
 
I am currently recovering from a small pneumo (I'm in my 3rd week of recovery and being observed) and I am an athlete. Is there anyone else out there who is an athlete? My doctor told me to exercise as much as my body will allow to help inflate the lung. I went to practice today and blacked-out during a drill, so I found my limit. I could only do about 20% of the practice and even struggle walking my dog yesterday. I am currently on 2 different inhalers as well. I am getting another check-up and x-ray in two days. Has anyone else out there tried to get back to a sport? How long was the recovery? What symptoms did you experience along the way? Did you ever get back to feeling normal? Did the exercise help you recover faster? Did your doctor give you any limitations?
Thanks!! You "guys" are GREAT Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:04 am    Post subject:
 
Not on an organized sports team, but I consider myself an athlete since I train heavily with weights and in mixed martial arts. Once I started having left-sided SPs in Dec 2004, it kept going down afterward. A trip to the ER in Jan 2005 for a 50% SP and reinflation via a one-way valve. Then again to the ER in Mar 2005 with a 100% collapse that was on the verge of developing into tension pneumo. That was the final straw, I needed a chest tube right there and then open thoracotamy several days later.

I was trying to lift and run during all this time but the SP lung wasn't holding up.

Unfortunately, SPs can be a chronic problem for many until surgery is performed to cut out any blebs that are the sources of air leaks and to adhere the lung membrane to the chest wall so it can't collapse again. Since my surgery, I was lifting again within 2 months. Jogging within 4 months. But it took maybe 9-10 months to feel 99% normal again on the side I had surgery. The one exercise that I found best to "stretch" out the lungs are walking while taking slow deep breaths to use 100% of the lung capacity.

If you have another SP, you will likely need surgery. Once you have 2 or more SPs in the same lung in a short period of time like I did, any pulmonary specialist who knows anything will urge you to have surgery. It's the best chance you'll have to lead a normal life again. The surgery can be done through a small opening in your back that is guided by small cameras, this is called VATS. Or it may require a slightly larger opening (5-6 inches), called thoracotomy.

Just be prepared for all of this. You may miss a year of your sport while recovering. I'm one year post surgery and I've never been in better shape. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:46 am    Post subject: getting back to excercise
 
Hi there - I've had two pneumo's of 10 and 20%, both of which resolved themselves. My advice would be not to push too hard too fast. My body has always let me know when it was ready to return to excercise and when I tried to return too fast I would feel very breathless and get stitch like sensations. I think you should pay attention to these signs and although I totally understand the frustration of the whole thing, you'll be better working with your body than fighting it. I have got back to full excercise gradually starting with walking as soon as it's resolved, then cycling a weeks later, then swimming the week after that, then more serious sport like rowing only once I'm feeling 100%. I was told that doing some light excercise with the lung still down won't do any harm, but I personally doubt that it speeds the process up. Don't panic, you will feel 100% but it'll probably take a few weeks. The way I understand it, the air pocket outside of your lung can only be absorbed by the body at a certain rate per day. Good luck, I'm sure you'll be back on form soon,

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:30 am    Post subject:
 
I am an inline speed skater and I compete. Normally I have some powerful lungs and legs. This entire situation has been quite frustrating as I'm sure you all know. Thank you for your responses. This entire web site is exceptional. It has helped me so much. After absorbing all the information on this web site and communicating with others a realization hit me Shocked I think this has happened to me before. About 2 years ago I was having some of the same symptoms, but not quite as "grand". My doctor diagnosed me as having asthma. About 6 months later I went to a lung specialist to have my "asthma" checked because it felt like it went away. The doctor shamed me out of his office. The only thing he checked was the tube that you blow in to test you lung strength. Didn't ask me any questions and treated me like I was an athlete looking for an "edge". I think I experienced a small pneumo. After that, I got brave enough to go off my inhalers slowly and guess what? I could breath fine, so I thought I was going crazy. You "guys" are making me feel sane. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:29 am    Post subject:
 
It's been almost two months since my first and hopefully last pneumo. I'm not a pro-athlete by any means but I do play basketball quite a bit and I'm now playing again atleast three times a week for an hour or more. So far no problems other than building my strength up. I'm really glad my Dr decided to do surgery the first go around because after observing so many other sp stories it seems the ones who have the surgery always have a higher recovery rate. Of course there is always the OTHER lung(damn having two) which too could collapse. But so far it seems my stamina is getting better everyday. I'm not 100% but at this rate I could be soon.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:03 pm    Post subject:
 
I also enjoy sport - running, cycling, swimming, netball etc.... I have found that I cannot exercise at all whilst I have an SP but once its healed then I'm good. My PB running was the day before my second SP. The fittest I have ever been was just before going in for surgery! I am 1 year post-surgery and it takes time but I will try to get my fitness levels back. I don't imagine I'll ever be an olympic athlete though!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:06 am    Post subject:
 
Sam wrote:
I also enjoy sport - running, cycling, swimming, netball etc.... I have found that I cannot exercise at all whilst I have an SP but once its healed then I'm good. My PB running was the day before my second SP. The fittest I have ever been was just before going in for surgery! I am 1 year post-surgery and it takes time but I will try to get my fitness levels back. I don't imagine I'll ever be an olympic athlete though!


Same here, I hate Sp because I cannot train at all!
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