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Thu, Feb 13 8:44pm · Paralyzed Diaphragm in Lung Health

Hello Randolph, this is John. I to am a Masters swimmer along with the senior games. When I first found out about my diaphragm problem I also had to stop after a 50. That was two years ago. I kept on swimming though and I'm up to doing 100's without stopping. Doing 200 kicks and pulls. Started doing IM''s about a month ago. On average I'm doing about 2000 yards in a workout. Have you checked into phrenic nerve damage? I had open heart surgery about a year before this diaphragm problem started and I thought maybe during the surgery that nerve got nicked. Doctors are saying no, because the diaphragm would have stopped working sooner. There is a test called EMG, electromyology that can check the phrenic nerve. If it is the phrenic nerve I haven't heard of any procedure to fix it. Keep swimming it does get better, take care

Aug 5, 2019 · No cause found for recurring right hemidiaphragm paralysis in Lung Health

Hi this is John, has anyone mentioned or checked the phrenic nerve that controls the diaphragm?

Apr 14, 2019 · Paralyzed Diaphragm in Lung Health

Hi Dee, Finally getting around to answering you. I originally thought my diaphragm problem started because of my heart valve surgery. It started just a year after the surgery and my heart surgeon and two pulmonologists all agree that if any damage to the phrenic done during surgery would have shown up right away. I have been thinking about maybe scar tissue that might have grown up around the nerve. I had three drain tubes in my chest that were pulled out several days after the surgery. I really get short of breath when I'm swimming. Which I use to do a lot of and still try. I recently inquired at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale AZ about an electromyography test on the phrenic nerve. I was turned down because of Medicare Advantage Plan that I am on. I'm guessing if I want it done it will be out of pocket. I still use a spirometer a couple times a week just to make sure I'm not losing any lung volume. Other than the swimming I'm doing pretty good. When I remember I also do breathing exercises. Take care, John

Mar 19, 2019 · No cause found for recurring right hemidiaphragm paralysis in Lung Health

Merry, may I correct you, It's called the phrenic nerve. Two of them, one for each diaphragm.

Mar 12, 2019 · Paralyzed Diaphragm in Lung Health

Brenda, It's John, I'm glad to hear the diaphragmatic plication worked for you. After reading about Brian I was a bit concerned. I have a couple of questions. Did your doctor get your phrenic nerve checked out? I'm thinking this would be the first thing to get checked. May I ask where you had the surgery done? As I mentioned to Brian in an earlier post the only place I could find was Cedars-Sinai Hospital in LA. As far as getting the phrenic nerve checked for me that would be the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale AZ . Take care

Mar 4, 2019 · Paralyzed Diaphragm in Lung Health

Hey Brian this is John, I saw your post about your paralyzed right diaphragm and the surgery you had. I also have a paralyzed right diaphragm. Been dealing with it for just over a year. I have done some research on the diaphragm plication surgery from the Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Cedars was the only place I could find close to where I live. From there website the information that I got, they are saying the surgery is done by minimally invasive means. That does not sound like what you went through. Maybe things have changed since the three years since you had the surgery done. I might have to check with Cedars and get some more info. Physically I'm not doing to bad, I still swim as much as I can, go for walks and do other exercises. I also do breathing exercises. I'm trying like hec to stay ahead of this thing without surgery. Good to hear from you. I hope things get better, take care

Feb 4, 2019 · Phrenic Nerve damage in Lung Health

Jennifer, been doing the Bowen technique about two months now and haven't really noticed any change. I don't believe we have anyone in the town I live that is certified on Facial. Still swimming though and doing as much exercise as I can.

Jan 11, 2019 · Phrenic Nerve damage in Lung Health

May I ask what kind of problems? Has it been confirmed a phrenic nerve?