Though it's been over 20 years since I had a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) on the left side, I've experienced on and off for that long, an aching and sometimes searing pain in my middle back/chest, on the left side. In recent weeks, the pain has been mostly a dull ache, which has also spread to my left arm, and at times, it reaches my leg on that side. Taking a deep breath is achy, but not overly painful. Movement or stretching is what aggravates it the most, but at times, while just sitting (in a car, at my desk, anywhere) it aches. This is also sometimes a problem when trying to sleep - just laying down is sometimes uncomfortable. I've also experienced a great deal of fatigue, waking up after 8 hours and still feeling tired, getting a bit of a second wind, but then by the end of the workday, feeling exhausted again. My doctor has advised everything from seeing a chiropractor - which I will NEVER do again, that made it worse and frankly, the "adjustments" they perform scare the hell out of me - to trying yoga (not much help there either). I don't really know where to turn or have any idea what this might be, or if it's just getting older (I'm 45) and will have to live with it.
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