A Spontaneous Pneumothorax is the sudden onset of a collapsed lung caused by the collection of air in the space around the lungs – but without any visible causes like lung disease or traumatic injury.
In most cases of Spontaneous Pneumothorax, a small area (called bleb) in the lung is filled with air and ruptures, allowing the air to leak into the space around the lung.
In this article, we break down 4 Symptoms that you might be going through a Spontaneous Pneumothorax:
Shortness of Breath
Having a collapsed lung means that you will not be able to inhale as much as you normally could. The lung is not going to have enough space to expand, and will not be working at full capacity. Hence, if you keep breathing normally, you might experience a shortness of breath.
Tying in with a shortness of breath, your body will feel more fatigued if you have experienced pneumothorax. Not getting the right amount of oxygen will tire out your muscles quickly, leaving you exhausted more often.
In spontaneous pneumothorax, your lung is going to be fighting for space to expand and breath in properly. The overexertion will result in your chest muscles trying harder than normal to take in the necessary oxygen. You could very well end up with chest pain ranging from mild to severe due to it.
If your body cannot get the right volume of air, it will automatically adjust its breathing mechanism to inhale quickly. Fast breathing is a common symptom of pneumothorax, and happens to be a reaction to the lack of oxygen inhaled by a collapsed lung. Rather than breathing deeper and slower, you now breath quicker and shallower.