Hi Peter M,
My problems started after a subclavian carotid bypass to create a new blood supply for my left arm prior to extensive stent work to repair 2 holes in my aorta. During the bypass my Phrenic nerve was "nicked" about a week after the stent surgery I had a coughing fit and I believe my phrenic nerved snapped. prior to that I could walk 3 laps of the ward with no issues after I couldn't do half a lap without stopping to get my breath. That was last August and I'm still waiting to see a lung specialist October 2020 being the first available appointment and now with what is going on it could be longer. An Xray shows elevation of the left side of my diaphram with my stomach pushing the diaphram up with a "gas bubble " forming in my stomach pushing up further. I can walk on a level path but not walk and talk, and even the slightest incline leaves me gasping for breath. I can't even carry a bag of groceries and for the fist time in my life I have to pay someone to service my vehicles. My GP is of the impression I'm as good as I'm going to get but as I havn't seen a specialist I'm not sure what the future holds but I wish there was someone doing Phrenic nerve repairs in Australia as I'm certain my flying days are over. best of luck everyone!