This is Dr. David
do you have excessive anxiety or worry symptoms?
excessive anxiety can cause your symptoms
of feeling like your lungs are very heavy.
asthma could cause your symptoms as well.
No i dont suffer panic attaks
that is good.
you could have asthma which could be causing your symptoms
you can see your doctor and get lung testing to with a pulmary function test to check for asthma.
smoking can cause asthma
and reactive airways.
have you worked towards quitting before?
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
lung function testing checks your FVC or full vital capcity and FEV1 forced expiratory volume at one second
and compares it to other people your age and sex.
into a percentage.
so do you think i dont need to worry about it ?
it sounds like you had a simple breathing test.
if you are having symptoms, you should go back to your doctor again.
and have your lungs tested again.
and ask about help to quit smoking.
there are medications to help quit smoking
and support groups as well to help you quit smoking.
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 !
yes you should see your GP about your symptoms.
and get an exam
or else you will continue to worry about these symptoms.
what kind of exam ?
ask if you have asthma.
a lung exam
and a full breathing pulmonary function test.
see if you have asthma.
or if anxiety could be possibly causing the problem
or if your smoking is causing problems.
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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!!