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How soon can i fly after having a collapsed lung?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:35 pm    Post subject: How soon can i fly after having a collapsed lung?
 
hi, ive had 3 collapsed lungs now, 2 on my left lung and 1 on my right lung. the most recent of these was 4 weeks ago. All 3 have been small and haven't required a needle or and operation, just rest. The thing is i'm going on my first lads holiday to malia next friday, and the doctor advised me not to go, saying i should leave it 6 months before flying again. i really dont want to miss the holiday and having read some of your stories i am thinking of going. i just want to know if anyone has flown this soon after having a collapsed lung. my lung has been healed for about a week and half/two weeks now, so it would be 3 weeks since its healed when i step on the plane, does anyone think that is ok? i'm just really worried about getting one whilst on the flight, because if i get a serious pneumothorax then the doctor said it could be life-threatening. please any comments would be greatly appreciated, or if anyone has had any experience similar to this.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:56 pm    Post subject:
 
personally id listen to my doc , im sure my consultant said around 6 - 8 weeks
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:54 pm    Post subject:
 
i had a sp flying to portugal, it was scary but how do you know whats going to happen? personally id fly if you r ok before you fly. whatever you do dont forget travel insurance, if you do have sp abroad at least you will be compensated.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:09 pm    Post subject:
 
Well i've done a lot of research about it and it seems that it is safe to fly one week after a non-traumatic pneumothorax and two weeks after a traumatic pneumothorax. The information the initial doctor gave me seems very dated when very little research had been done about it. I went to see my GP today and he said that on an trusted up to date medical website studies had shown that it is safe to fly 5 days after an x-ray has resolved the pneumothorax. Ever since one doctor told me to wait for about 6 months before flying again last week my mind has suddenly convinced me i have pains in my chest, yet before the doctor told me not to fly i'd felt fine for over a week and a half. It's amazing how strong your mind can work to convince yourself you have a pain, yet when i'm out with my mates or concentrating on something else then the pain goes. Anyway i'm flying on Friday and although i'll be slightly nervous hopefully everything will be ok. Wish me luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject:
 
Well I got on the flight to Malia and although i was really nervous my lung was fine. I partied loads over the 2 weeks and was fine, and my lung was fine on the flight home as well and i had the best holiday ever. I can't believe my doctor almost made me miss my holiday, i think they need to update their knowledge.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:04 pm    Post subject:
 
Remember. Doctors practices medicine! They are not grand wizards of alchemy or book keeping for that. Most are trying to help. They just don't know much about what is going on with us... or lots of other things.. but some try.
They just don't have time or money to put into our small number that have the blemps. The death toll from SPs is very low or if at all.. I don't recall reading something about someone having a sp when driving and then hit a tree. So doctors put us on a burner WAY in the back.
Back to topic! Do what you have to do to live man. Just remember that you are at risk and plan accordance with that in mind.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:16 pm    Post subject:
 
It's really interesting you mentioned this because I find whenever I dwell on things too much and get consumed with anxiety over a pain or twinge it just gets worse, however when I'm distracted I tend to forget about my problems and the pains relent. The mind does play a big role in recovery from these collapses and operations, and also in living with the condition day to day. However I'm certainly not saying it's all in the head !! which I hear from far too many doctors.

lee18 wrote:
It's amazing how strong your mind can work to convince yourself you have a pain, yet when i'm out with my mates or concentrating on something else then the pain goes.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:08 pm    Post subject:
 
My husband has his first SP 5 days ago, one week before we were due to leave for France for 8 months! From here in NZ that's 4 flight, 2 domestic of approx 90 minutes and 2 long haul of 11/12 hours each. He is out of hospital now after 2 days on a chest drain, and has been given mixed info about when it could be safe to fly.
His specialist said 3 or 4 weeks initially while the doctor that dischrged him from hospital said 6 weeks. From what I understand it's a relatively arbitrary number that they would say to everyone, as the British CAA have 2 weeks on their website, as does British Airways.
He's pretty anxious to get over there as he has committments there already, but obviously we don't want to endanger his health.

Any advice from experienced people would be really welcome!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:34 am    Post subject:
 
I would think 2 weeks is cutting it close. It takes time to heal.
Just let the flight staff know He just got over a SP.
I do not know of someone with our problems dieing from a SP.
We all can say this tho. They are in no means fun. Laughing
Look into some good health insurance just in case He might have to go to a hospital.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject:
 
Rossoe wrote:
It's really interesting you mentioned this because I find whenever I dwell on things too much and get consumed with anxiety over a pain or twinge it just gets worse, however when I'm distracted I tend to forget about my problems and the pains relent. The mind does play a big role in recovery from these collapses and operations, and also in living with the condition day to day. However I'm certainly not saying it's all in the head !! which I hear from far too many doctors.

lee18 wrote:
It's amazing how strong your mind can work to convince yourself you have a pain, yet when i'm out with my mates or concentrating on something else then the pain goes.



It's funny. I feel pains in my lungs while I'm reading in these forums. My brain must get pain flashbacks from reading the experiences of others.
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