Tight Chest, Breathing Difficulties, but No Coughing or Wheezing
I quit smoking exactly 4 months ago. I have chest tightness and difficulty breathing. I take Advair 250/50 and can inhale ProAir when needed. I get 98% oxygen, according to the finger test. I have been diagnosed with asthma. Have had a negative chest x-ray and blood work and EKG. I feel like something is always stuck in my chest or esophagus. I've rarely coughed since I quit smoking. I only wheeze or discharge rumbles after a nebulizer treatment. Because I have an allergy cluster, i.e. eczema, numerous allergic reactions, I'm still being told that I have asthma. However, I'm concerned about the fact that I can't bring up mucous. I've used Mucinex, apple cider vinegar, and always feel better after a hot shower. I have thought a few times maybe I don't have a mucous problem. Is this just asthma? Is this just related to quitting smoking? If so, is it normal to have mucous just sit there?
I had a lot of issues up until the 4 month mark, and I also had been using advair for 5 years prior to my quit. My physician said it was asthma....... Since my quit I don't use my advair all that much which leaves me to believe that it was probably not asthma, but smoking related.
After 4 months I began to feel better & breathe a whole lot easier. I had sinus infections, bronchitis and pleurisy so I can relate. I smoked for nearly 40 yrs. so it's what I expected.
You might want to make an appointment with a pulmonary specialist if this doesn't ease up.
Congrats on your 4 month quit!
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