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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:23 am    Post subject:
I know people tend to react when i write this, but still do Wink

STAY AWAY FROM THE COFFEE! ( alot of coffee)

it causes alot of discomfort for your body.
some coffee is probably good for you, but not alot in one day.
Contact me for ANY questions.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 1:10 am    Post subject: Caffeine and stress!!!!
Hi im new here just found this site
Glad to hear others find their pneumo's happen under stress(in the nicest possible way)
I have been asking my doctors and specialists whether they are stress related as all mine have happened during exams (more stressful as i have got older) also just before holidays which obviously become more and more stressful due to flying. Apart from the first which happened after a fall at the snowdome, although i was quite stressed as hadnt been in a while.

It just really annoys me how doctors both nhs and even privately completely dismiss anyhting you say could have caused it, then go on to say 'well we know very little about them' as a whole and in answer to other questions. It seems that they may need to listen to the patient slightly more.

I find the caffeine idea very interesting, as at around the time of my second one i started drinking a fair few red bull right until a little after my third.

On a side note i dont want anyone to take this the wrong way but about a year after this at around 17 i started smoking cannabis very occasionally and drinking more often (both stupid i know) as started to go out more which i found releived stress not that i was under a lot of stress constantly just a certain times quite heavily. I went 2 years without having another pneumo, then about a month before my last one i completely stopped drinking (other than the odd beer) and cannabis then got to my exams and had another. I am not saying smoking cannabis is not really bad for you IT IS but i did find it mellowed me out and helped me sleep after going out or chill when very stressed, just trying to say that i really think stress, lack of sleep(more caffeine also) and bad diet are major causes. And obviously smoking!

Just before my 4th (My last pneumo) i had two cans of red devil, EVIL STUFF as i hadnt slept or eaten very well and had stayed up revising then sat an exam and it happened just after. Caffeine and stress! Wont be doing that again in a hurry, oh well hindsights great!
4th SP only 19, there must be an alternative to surgery
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:13 am    Post subject:
The strange thing for me was my first and only SP (two weeks ago) Happened about two days after a semi-stressful situation. It happened in the morning during a shower. I don't think I ever felt so relaxed/positive as I did that morning within the last few months before it happened. I am so happy to have found this forum, and agree that with our research can uncover some of the mysteries of this issue...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:02 am    Post subject:
I also believe that stress can be a factor contributing to SP. But doctors don't acknowledge that.

I had 2 SPs.
In the 1st instance I had an extended period of work-related stress (physically manifesting itself as tension in the shoulders and fatigue after a day of work).
In the 2nd instance I was not stressed at work but had a very very busy period in my life, basically trying to do too much in 24 hours. It didn't manifest in a particular way, but I think you can call that stress, too.

But, again, I believe that stress is only a contributing factor, not the main cause of SP.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:38 am    Post subject:
Hi all ,
Ya i def think stress has alot to do with sp. When it first happend to me i was under immense pressure at work , and had worked 30 days straight , now there is 3 people doing the work i was doing by myself for a whole month , and they are currently recruitiing another. The day i got sick with sp i was flat out at work m, i had 20 different things to do...my family warned me to slow down but i didnt listen. Now i try not to let anything upset me or stress me out, its definatly a factor, all of my nurses and doctors agreed
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:10 am    Post subject:
..i just thought id stick my nose in and say:
I was asleep (so not very stressed - unless i was having a nightmare Smile ) ...and the SP on the other lung, i was playing on the computer, and i sneezed.. but not an overly stressful day on that ocassion either.

Not that im dismissing what anyone's saying here, or argueing, just putting in my input.. as someone above said [who also said they had SP's when they were knitting, etc]- im sure the triggers/causes are numerous and varied.. god knows what caused mine to happen in my sleep.

- Still, as one of the many people who has just had it happen out the blue for no 'reason' im sure im not the only one who feels desperate to put some sort of explanation/cause of it, and to be able to point my finger and say "thats why it happened" - but i guess we're just unlucky folks

Best of luck people Wink
"Hope everyone is feeling okay and stress free these days!"
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:20 am    Post subject: Snap!
I'v just suffered my 1st SP. It's been made all the worse as I was supposed to be emigrating and starting my new job 2 weeks ago. Now I can't fly Sad

I had to add my comment on here after reading about the links to stress. It all makes a lot more sense to me now as my SP came on at the time I was moving house and packing up ready to emigrate, finalising everything in my old job and sorting out the final arrangments for my wedding. It was an extreemely stressful time.

The doctor at my local hospital said it only comes on at times of rest. prehaps it waited for me to blink?!

I also drink insane amounts of coffee and always have done. I am going to try and limit myself from now on.

My obvious problem now is that I am stuck in the wrong country and can't get to where I need to be by boat. Doctors say 6 weeks to fly, CAA say 2 weeks to fly, my airline says as soon as my lung has reinflated I can fly. Who to believe? I need to get there asap but don't want t kill myself in the process. My SP is very small and has been left to treat itself. I've got my follow up xray in the morning but it feels like it's still there.

Any advice please?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject:
Sorry to hear about your first Pneumothorax, if it is only a small collapse then please try and be reassured by that as hopefully it will re-absorb quickly.

In reference to flying, sadly I too was told 6 weeks of no flying although I am aware of the conflicting opinions of other organisations such as the CAA and airlines. Unfortunately in the very unlikely event that something did happen during the flight a travel insurance company would seek opinion / clarification from a independant doctor not the airline or CAA before considering your claim. That would mean it would be highly unlikely you'll be covered before the 6 week period.

If you read through many posts here you'll see that your frustrations are felt by many but with time you'll learn to become more accepting of things!!!

The pain associated with the pneumothorax will be exacerbated by the heaps of stress you are under at the moment, so try and manage that otherwise you will feel like you are not recovering.

All the best[/b]
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 11:21 pm    Post subject:
Interesting topic on an excellent site!

I've had 4 PSP's since December, most of which have happened not during, but just after, a very stressful period in work. Its almost as if its my body's way of saying: "dont put me through that again or else"! Smile
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