Getting back on the wheel...

  • lmy2010

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    Jan 03, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    So, about two months ago now I was at my workplace gym doing cable rows continuing on with my self-paced adaptation of the Realjock Strength Foundation 12-week plan, where I spent about 2 months doing week 1 over and over again, and had just started slowly phasing in week 2, when I had to stop and felt a sharp pain in my chest exacerbated by breathing. It was kinda scary but I managed to drive myself to the hospital after being unable to fall asleep due to the pain (I tried really hard to chug throught it, either really brave or stupid...) and a chest x-ray later it was discovered that I had a collapsed lung, or Pneumothorax. It was diagnosed as spontaneous pneumothorax, meaning that it was random and could've happened at any time for any reason, but I can't help but think it is intrinsically related to working out.

    So my question for discussion would be, does anyone have any advice on getting back into the groove of things after something like this happens? Or more specifically if anyone can share on the causes and aftereffects of Pneumothorax? Since getting out of the hospital and ending terminal leave in late November I've only been able to get myself to do some basic cardio (20 minutes or so on the treadmill at a good pace). It's like I subconciously feel fragile now and am worried it will happen again. I also remember before I started this work-out regimen during my research phase I read something about guys getting collapsed lungs but can't find it again and I don't remember the context, except that they were doing something wrong. Thanks for any and all contributions.
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    Wow - tough situation for you. Sorry you had to go through that. I'm not a doctor or an expert, but I saw no one responded and thought I'd bump it up.

    You should really consult with an expert in your area to help you. Would your insurance cover any physical therapy? Have you had a complete physical? You might also want to consider working out with somebody who can push you if need be to help you overcome your fear. If it turns out that physically everything is okay again than you'll have to give yourself time to build back up to where you were before and to overcome the fear you have. I'd start with consulting a doctor first.
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    Jan 07, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    It could happen again, but you could also get in a car accident driving to work. Why worry about it?

    And a spontaneous pneumo is not the same thing as a collapsed lung. They're usually pretty minor and go away on their own. I've had one; it wasn't a big deal.