Is there a connection between sudden, intense pain and an equally sudden reduction in breathing capacity? I have bronchiestasis/IPF and was having a good year, ie not much change in my condition. Then I had an operation, under local anaesthetic, for nasal polyps. After 50minutes in theatre, much of the time in intense pain, I returned home and found, in the next few days, my breathing capacity was drastically reduced. I could no longer walk upstairs without getting out of breath!
My GP found no trace of infection, put me on a short course of steroids and said he did not know whether the op could cause this exacerbation. The ENT consultant, when I saw him later, said the op should not have caused a problem but had they used general anaesthetic, that might have affected my lungs. My lung consultant said an infection might have caused it - but, of course, this had already been ruled out by my GP.
I am 78, male, and otherwise (!!) in good physical condition. This is not a whinge, as I realise that I am, in many (most) respects, a very lucky person having great support at home and still able, with breathing breaks, to go for walks, do my exercises and manage "my bit" of our large garden. But something went wrong here and I just wandered if anyone out there can shed any light on the matter.