Respiratory Therapist/Chest Vibration


Dear Stephanie

In February 2013 i got chest infection, from that time i feel minor vibration on left lung from back when i inhale, i visited my family physian who is chest specialist, he checked my chest many time and said it is clear, i have no cough, no mucus, no asthma, no smoking. pls advise me, this vibration which i feel can be result of damaged alveli.

Zafar Iqbal

Hi Zafar,

I do not really know the nature of the vibrations you are experiencing or whether they are in the area where your infection occurred but I do know that some respiratory infections can have varied residual effects for quite a long time. If the vibration is in the area of your infection it is possible that some subtle structural and or functional alterations have caused the affected area of the lung to be out sync with the unaffected area in some way or otherwise stressed in a way that feels like vibration to you. And, in some cases nerves in the area can become hypersensitive as result of inflammatory processes during an infection and respond to lower than normal levels of stimuli so that it may feel like more is happening than really is. Other times the sensations can be referred from another area  to the area in which they are felt. The healing process itself also can create some weird itchy, kind of vibrational effects as well.

Ultimately, there are probably many possibilities or combinations and it could even be unrelated to the infection but my guess is that the sensation is not due to permanently damaged alveoli. I would give it more time if there are no urgent reasons not to and maybe keep a record of the situation, without focusing on it, so you can see how it changes or improves over time. It may disappear without you even noticing it....hopefully. Meanwhile, eat and drink to maintain optimum immune health so that you can heal better and faster and avoid inhaled chemicals such air fresheners, and cleaning products etc. as much as possible.

Best wishes for a quick and complete resolution in this matter.


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Stephanie Tyrrell


Respiratory Therapy is a very diverse field encompassing many specialty areas. I have experience in many of these areas and I am willing to answer any question I feel competent to answer within the scope of my experience in the following areas: neonatal ICU and transport, pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep studies, BiPAP/CPAP therapy, Holter monitoring, EKG, ventilator management, chronic and acute respiratory diseases,(i.e. COPD, asthma, restrictive disease, ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), pneumonia, etc) and therapeutics, arterial blood gases, and others. Please see my profile under Experience for a full listing of areas of experience.


I have worked in respiratory therapy for over 25 years in all facets of patient care including level 4 neonatal ICU and neonatal transport, Director of Cardiopulmonary, community health fairs and networking, staff therapist, pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep studies and BiPAP/CPAP therapy, Holter monitoring, EKG, cardiac clinics, pre and post cardiac surgery education and patient care, emergency and long-term ventilator management, chronic diseases such as COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis; acute respiratory distress syndrome, emergency room, home and nursing home respiratory care. I also provided temporary staff to area hospitals through an allied health business I owned and managed, while also working as a staff therapist for the business.

Certified Respiratory Therapist, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Licensed RT, NRP ((Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certified, BS Biology/Botany, MS Environmental Sciences - Toxicology

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Thousands of in-patient and out-patient clients in the hospitals I was/am employed by as well as a number of local hospitals that utilized the services of my allied health business. I currently work as a respiratory therapist at a general hospital and a rehabilitation hospital.

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