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I am sorry to hear this. Have you had a chest X-ray?
Costochondritis is a potential cause.
Therefore a chest xray would be the next useful investigation in identifying or at least excluding causes.
You really need to go back to your GP, hospitals will only help and should only help if it was an emergency.
Simple asthma can cause a small area of the lung to collapse.
Perfect, that is the right thing to do. That is my pleasure, do take care.
If small enough, yes.
If severe yes, but this would also present with severe symptoms.
If these are the symptoms you presented with to hospital and your saturations were normal then I wouldn't deem them serious. And on the phone you could easily maintain a conversation without being short of breath. So indeed your symptoms are significant, but I don't think serious enough to need to go to A&E.
I would agree with you. There is also a condition called Long COVID which may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.
I am logging off now given the time but wish you all the best.