Hello there! I'm new to this forum and hope you can help. I was admitted to the hospital with a large pleural effusion a few days ago and told I needed a chest drain which could take a couple of days as there's around 2 litres of fluid on my lungs. I suffer badly with anxiety (the biggest wimp!) and immediately had a panic attack. As it's Christmas they decided I could come back in a few days to have it done to mentally prepare myself. I'm going into Southmead hospital in Bristol and they are hugely confident with their abilities to do this procedure as it's a regular occurance on the respiratory ward. They said they will account for how nervous I am (morphine, sedative as well as aneasetic) and were friendly and reassurring. I can't find any experience online that match this pain med course they're offering and have only found accounts where people are saying the chest drain is "painful, traumatic, worse than childbirth!!" And I was not expecting such scary responses. Does anyone have experience with a two day chest drain with morphine and pain care? Is it as traumatic as people say? Is there any light at the end of the tunnel because I've truly terrified myself. Honest and hopefully reassuring comments are welcome to prepare me for what will be likely will be appreciated. The possible underlying cause is pneumonia or in my opinion TB as my ex boyfriend had a collapsed lung a few months after we broke up around 18 months ago from pulmonary TB and as much as I tried to get tested people seem to have always ignored my pleas as it's so hard to catch. But it seems so random an occurrence that it points to this in my opinion. I have read that dealing with the tb infection causes pleural effusions to drain on their own if they're not infected which always gives me hope of recommending that course of treatment.
Your forum seems honest and helpful and non judgement will how terrified I am. And I'd appreciate abd trust any comments you'd have!
Thank you so much, Terri xxx