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RE: Subcutaneous Emphysema?
Do consider getting quick help (as DocWils suggests).

You may be aggravating that existing injury and setting back any healing you have already accomplish.

At least call the sleep doc and ask about to someone who is a medical professional and who knows you case.

Even consider calling the new doc and begging for an "emergency appointment" (not the ER) if you consider the ER an unsuitable choice.

Tell them that it hurts; tell them it is due to a ruptured lung injury.

Frequently if you press you will get expedited help -- squeaky wheel gets the grease and triaged can get you to the head of the line.

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01-28-2014 06:19 AM
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RE: Subcutaneous Emphysema?
(01-27-2014 06:53 AM)DocWils Wrote:  And have a look at how your hose is hanging , just to be sure it isn't the imprint of the hose.

DocWils, you got it on the money! I replicated the effect by taking a nap with the hose firmly wedged against my neck. So maybe I got ahead of myself with the whole SE think, but I am still concerned over possible complications from CPAP and my earlier lung damage ... so I am keeping the appointment to see the pulmonologist.

Thanks again for all the advice ... now I just need to create a new logon ... too embarrassed too use my old name again Smile
01-30-2014 02:04 AM
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RE: Subcutaneous Emphysema?
There's an old story about a guy who goes into his doctor's office and says: "doc, it hurts when I move my arm this way" The doc looks at him and says:"Don't move your arm that way."

Sometimes the simple solutions are the right ones Wink

Seriously - you described the possibility of a very serious condition, and it stopped presenting very fast, which is odd, and showed no other symptoms - to me the first thing to to is look for the obvious answer, which is often a non medical one - a lot has to happen to you to have SE, and before jumping to that conclusion it makes sense to ask what other factors are involved. The greatest problem with the Internet, IMHO, is that we see way more "med school syndrome" patients than ever - they get a little something or other, probably innocuous, look up that symptom, see a link to other things, since the search engines don't filter things according to logic but how many times it is hit on, and jump to the worst conclusion. They come into us with a foregone conclusion, forcing us to think along those lines, and sometimes we miss the real problem, which might either be nothing serious or something even more serious that could have been caught had they not come in with a diagnosis already - I force myself to NEVER listen to any diagnoses from patients so as to have fresh ears and eyes for the real evidence.

Keep your appointment. It would be wise; and ask for an Emphysema test anyway, just in case, but I am glad that it was something way more simple.
01-30-2014 07:16 AM
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