CPAP machine - lung pain

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I had pleurodesis over 30 years ago. Since then, I have had a few episodes where a bleb popped and it was painful, but I knew the lungs could not collapse. I started using a CPAP machine a few weeks ago due to snoring and sleep apnea and I have noticed some minor lung pain in the mornings. Today it is starting to feel a bit worse - like possibly a bleb has popped. Wondering if anyone has had problems with using a CPAP?  I’m curious if the increased air pressure on the lungs could be a problem for those of us who have had pleurodesis.  Any input would be greatly appreciated. 

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    Hi @southerngal

    never heard of a CPAP machine before, was this given to you by your doctor?

    i would say if it wasn't it might be a good idea to run using something like that by your doctor just to check that it doesn't cause more harm that good for somebody who had had lung issues like you.

    hope this helps


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      Thanks Owen!  A CPAP machine is used when you have sleep apnea. It uses positive air pressure to keep your airways open to prevent the breathing problems during sleep caused by sleep apnea.  It was given to me by a doctor, a pulmonologist. I had told him of my lung problems, but he didn’t seem too concerned.  I saw him again today and told him about the popped bleb.  He lowered the pressure a bit and said to try it again, that the benefit far outweighed the risk from the blebs.  I certainly see his point, but I doubt he can really understand how painful those little suckers can be when they pop!  smile

      I will give it another try - I sleep better with the machine than I have slept in 10 years. 

      Thank you for your reply and your concern. 

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