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Chest discomfort
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Chest discomfort

Almost everyday between the hours of I'd say 9:30 at night and whatever time I wake I get this horrible discomfort in chest and makes it very hard for me to breathe. The discomfort happens when I take deep breaths, but if I don't take deep breathe when this happens I feel like I'm not getting enough air. Also i have had this cough, day to day it changes  one day it will have phlem Other days it's day. This all clears up after maybe 5-15 minutes and I can go on with my day. The cough however will last all day. I have had this cough for almost 2 month. Qnd this strange feeling my chest followed with breathing troubles for a few months or longer. I am a heavy smoker, I do have heart problems in my family history. Today at 10am this chest discomfort happened again, felt like my lungs were brig strangled and have a very phlem-y cough. What's going on with me? Please help.
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The symptoms you describe, including a productive cough are consistent with the diagnosis of cigarette smoke induced lung disease, such as emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis.  However, in the context of a new onset cough in a person with a heavy smoking history, other equally serious lung diseases, including lung cancer, are also a possibility.

I strongly recommend that you seek medical care without further delay, either with your primary care physician and/or with a lung specialist (Pulmonologist).  The chest discomfort and the recently developed cough may not be the reflection of lung disease but, especially with your family history, the chest discomfort could be secondary to heart disease.

In either event, these are the symptoms of potentially quite serious disease and must not be ignored.  Please do seek medical assistance without delay and regardless of whatever proves to be the cause of your symptoms, do work with your doctor to exert a strong effort to discontinue smoking.

Good luck
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