I've just come out of hospital for a small right-side pneumothorax. I developed chest pain during a flight last week but ignored it and it settled down after a couple of hours. However, on the way back on Wednesday the pain suddenly became much worse and I was very breathless.
Again I ignored it for a couple of days (stupid, I know), until I visited the GP on Friday. At the hospital the x-ray confirmed a pneumothorax on the right, and also air trapped under the skin where it had leaked out from the lung. Because it seemed to be resolving anyway (the doctors thought it had been bigger earlier in the week when it happened), I just spent 24 hours on high-flow oxygen and that seemed to speed up the resolution and the next x-ray was much better.
The doctors didn't really tell me much about it, and I have a couple of weeks before I see my consultant. Does anybody know why it happened? I wasn't having problems with my asthma at the time (I have brittle asthma and bronchiectasis), and I'm not male/tall/thin as one nurse suggested! I'm pleased it wasn't more serious, but still a bit confused....