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I am very aware of my lungs being there they feel heavy and

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I am very aware of my lungs being there they feel heavy and if i try to breathe deeply my chest feels tight from my shoulders to the bottom of my ribs and i have noticed for the past year or so i can't walk fast or talk at the same time as walking i get too breathless and start puffing like i have been on a treadmill and i get heart palpitations that i can feel in my throat i just put the breathlessness down to being a smoker but just the other night my husband told me my voice seems different i don't have a cold or cough,
He does not know about the other symptoms he just came out with it while we were talking over dinner I just brushed it off and didn't tell him about the other symptoms as i don't want him to worry but i must admit I am worried there is something wrong I am 40 years old and smoke about 10-12 cigarettes a day since i was 13 years old
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This is Dr. David

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do you have excessive anxiety or worry symptoms?

Dr. David :

excessive anxiety can cause your symptoms

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of feeling like your lungs are very heavy.

Dr. David :

asthma could cause your symptoms as well.

JACUSTOMER-mfsd0i6i- :

No i dont suffer panic attaks

Dr. David :

that is good.

Dr. David :

you could have asthma which could be causing your symptoms

Dr. David :

you can see your doctor and get lung testing to with a pulmary function test to check for asthma.

Dr. David :

smoking can cause asthma

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and reactive airways.

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have you worked towards quitting before?

JACUSTOMER-mfsd0i6i- :

I used to work as a lab assistant until march this year i was sent for a lung function test the person said that in the results they dont mind if it goes over or under by 6 but mine was - 12 i did not understand any of this as i do not know anything about how the test works

Dr. David :

lung function testing checks your FVC or full vital capcity and FEV1 forced expiratory volume at one second

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and compares it to other people your age and sex.

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into a percentage.

JACUSTOMER-mfsd0i6i- :

so do you think i dont need to worry about it ?

Dr. David :

it sounds like you had a simple breathing test.

Dr. David :

if you are having symptoms, you should go back to your doctor again.

Dr. David :

and have your lungs tested again.

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and ask about help to quit smoking.

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there are medications to help quit smoking

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and support groups as well to help you quit smoking.

JACUSTOMER-mfsd0i6i- :

i know i have tried and failed many times to stop smoking my problem is i actually like smoking stupid i know so do you think i need to see my GP about my symptoms and brethlessness ? i ecen get breathless when i am doing housework !

Dr. David :

yes you should see your GP about your symptoms.

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and get an exam

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or else you will continue to worry about these symptoms.

JACUSTOMER-mfsd0i6i- :

what kind of exam ?

Dr. David :

ask if you have asthma.

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a lung exam

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chest xray

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and a full breathing pulmonary function test.

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see if you have asthma.

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or if anxiety could be possibly causing the problem

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or if your smoking is causing problems.

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ok thanks for your help

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Hello.

Heart disease is underdiagnosed in your age group, and this can be angina. It can also be heart failure. The arrythmia...palpitations...can indicate a serious problem. You require an EKG, and probably a holter monitor.

Yes, this could be lung disease, but does not sound like asthma. If you are a long term smoker, COPD is more likely. this can often cause palpitations.

Other heart and lung problems need to be ruled out as well.I would not wait for the EKG [ECG] this is critical and you should not wait a day to get this.

I am a double board certified doctor and clinician, having taken care of patients hands on for more than 20 years.

Discuss this with your husband right now. Consider A & E for the ECG.

They can also arrange a home monitor, check your spirometry and do an x ray...all of which should not wait!!