I'm a 25 year old male whom has suffered numerous pneumotharaces between the ages of 16-18 years old, resulting in 5 different bouts of keyhole surgery (3 on one lung, 2 on the other). Since then I have had several tests done to test my lungs, and roughly 3 years ago I had a test done to measure the capacity of my lungs. The results showed that both my lungs were operating at no more than 53%, and that the bottom half of my lungs are "dead".
Since the surgeries, I have always found myself becoming short of breath whilst walking, climbing stairs, or even just talking. I still play football, although since the surgeries I have reduced this to once or twice a week.
Is anybody else aware of any similar stories about their lungs? I see posts about people with 1 lung, but none from anybody with 2 half-lungs. I don't know if there is any way possible to improve my breathing, or maybe even improve my lungs.
Any advice and/or stories are welcome.