A collapsed lung feels like a sharp, stabbing chest pain that worsens on breathing or with deep inspiration.
This is referred to as “pleuritic” because it comes from irritation of nerve endings in the pleura (inner lining of the rib wall).
Pain often radiates to the shoulder and or back.
Can a partially collapsed lung heal itself?
Treatment depends on the cause and size of the collapsed lung and how long you have had it. A small pneumothorax causing mild or no symptoms may heal by itself. You will feel immediate relief, but it may take several days for your lung to fill with air again completely.
Can you have a collapsed lung and not know it?
A collapsed lung happens when air enters the pleural space, the area between the lung and the chest wall. If it is a total collapse, it is called pneumothorax. If only part of the lung is affected, it is called atelectasis. If only a small area of the lung is affected, you may not have symptoms.
How long can you live with a collapsed lung?
How long will the effects last? A small pneumothorax in a healthy adult may heal in a few days without treatment. Otherwise, recovery from a collapsed lung generally takes 1 or 2 weeks. You may have regular visits with your healthcare provider during this time.
How do you get a partially collapsed lung?
A collapsed or partially collapsed lung happens when air invades the pleural space, the area between the lung and the chest wall. Causes include: A blunt or penetrating chest injury, like one caused by a car accident. Lung diseases such as pneumonia or lung cancer, because damaged lung tissue is more likely to collapse.