Recently I’ve been having SoB all the time but I didn’t know if it was anxiety or something medical, so I went to the pulmonologist. My pulmonary function test was slightly low, but he looked at it and said “you don’t have copd “ how does he know this ? Also he listened to my lungs and said they sound fine , so how do lungs that sound fine produce an abnormal test result ?
I feel like such an idiot for having ever smoked, let alone got to the point I did. I had my first cigarette at 16, and smoked occasionally since then until going to university. At uni the amount I smoked went up to about 3-5 a day on average (sometimes more, sometimes less). I suddenly had a revelation before my final exam back in April and stopped totally cold turkey, no patches, no vaping, nothing.
It’s been more than a month now and I have had a cough, sore throat, chest pain, occasional dysphagia and night sweats since quitting. I used to love cycling and have tried to get back into it, but found myself wheezing going up a hill. I’ve had health anxiety since quitting and have probably diagnosed myself with 3 different cancers and several other conditions since then. I seem to feel short of breath sometimes, and I’m praying that it’s just the anxiety. Going to the GP tomorrow to get checked, he measured my breathing with a stethoscope last time and told me it’s unlikely I’ve done any lasting damage. But I’m still terrified. I don’t know how I’ll tell my parents or live with myself if I’ve given myself COPD when my life hasn’t even properly started.
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So on my birthday in October my now ex boyfriend bought me a juul and I started smoking nicotine and all the chemical that come with it. I eventually moved on to a myle but I was smoking this very excessively for months as well as being very sick all those months since it was the winter. At one point I was so sick I was coughing up green phlegm. I just came back from college and I quit smoking and am not sick anymore but it was harder for me to breathe. The other night I went out with a friend and used her juul throughout the night. The next day my throat was sore and my lungs felt worse. I went to the doctor and she told me my throat was irritated and my lungs are tight. She prescribed me anoro to loosen my lungs as she said. I looked it up and it’s a medication for COPD. Is it likely that I developed popcorn lung/COPD from smoking and being sick those few months?? I’m very scared. My doctor didn’t tell me I have COPD, she just said come back in two weeks, but why would she prescribe me that medication
I'm asking this on behalf of my mom who is 52 with COPD and emphysema. She has other health issues we've been trying to diagnose, and I was wondering if a certain pain she has could be part of the COPD.
It is like a tight band or girdle around the top of the stomach, bottom of ribs. It often wraps all the way around to her back. It seems to make her short of breath and at it's worst the pain is so bad she will cry. Standing straight sometimes slightly helps, but not always and not by much.
I’m 19. I used to smoke weed with cigar wrapper and with regular leaf etc. For about 7 months but I quit ever since I had issues. I’ve been coughing for about 3 weeks now and the cough has gotten a little better. I used to have a really itchy throat and constant clear phlegm production. Although the phlegm production has went down as the weeks went by I still do have some production every now and then. It is still sticky sometimes a lil white. I felt fatigued for 5 days and lost weight although I played soccer and didn’t eat well. when I visited the doctor they did x ray and blood tests they said it was allergies. Sinus problems and rhinitis. I had shortness of breath a while back but that’s when I smoked weed and I was probably paranoid. I have had chest pain but it has went away for the most part and my heart rate wakes me up in the morning. Not sure if it’s bc I’m paranoid trying to figure out what’s wrong with me.
I'm 17 (turning 18 in July) and I see my pediatrician some time soon. If you're wonder why Im even on this sub, it's because I'm almost certain I have COPD. I say that because at 16 I picked up smoking(not cigarettes, but something arguably worse which is weed and I know what you're thinking: "that's not worse than cigarettes" but for 6-8 months I was smoking it out of fucking ALUMINUM, then after that I switched to a weed distillate pen which is notorious for being unsafe) to cope with the death of a close relative and from about 2008-2011 I lived with my dad who is a heavy cigarette smoker. My symptoms are constant phlegm and slight pain when breathing deeply/a generally weird chest feeling after walking a mile that lasted the rest of that day. That last one has only happened once and I find it really weird because just 3 weeks earlier, I walked around Disneyland for about 12 hours with no issues at all whatsoever. All of this started after I got bronchitis back in the beginning of April. For a while I chalked up the phlegm to the bronchitis but I don't think it's supposed to last this long.
Anyways, I'm going to my doctor soon for a completely different issue which is my gallbladder. What should I do at the appointment? Also, how difficult is it to live with COPD? Can I even live a full life at this point? Besides smoking, what else should I avoid? How long does diagnosis take usually?
Today (well technically yesterday) I walked just over a mile to get home and about .1 mile from my house I got this weird feeling in my chest and it hasn't gone away since. Its like there's a slight pain in the middle of my chest and back that gets slightly worse whenever I breathe as deeply as I can. I find it especially weird since I walked a mile the day before this happened and had no issues. Anyone else experience something similar?