Pneumothorax and inflammation problems -- a connection?
For 42 years, I have had a cascading series of "itis" problems: dermatitis (eczema), iritis, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and colitis-like symptoms. The series began a few months after my first pneumothorax, 42 years ago, the first of 14 over about 30 years (ended 10 years ago with lung surgery).
I solved 99% of the itis problems by going to an alkaline-producing diet, but I can't get rid of the remainder of the symptoms. Is it possible that my presumably diminished lung capacity could be adding to a general acidity problem?
The diagnosis suggested but never confirmed was that I have leaky-gut syndrome. Could inadequate oxygen be contributing to an acidosis-like condition?
With a restricted diet, I have almost solved the problem, but I don't understand the solution. Suggestions?
The description of all these "itis" problems suggests you have some type of autoimmune disease. Diminished lung capacity, with or without inadequate oxygen, would cause none of the symptoms you have mentioned, even with your history of pneumothoraces.
As with many chronic bowel diseases, changes in diet may be helpful. You should see a gastroenterologist.
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