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Hi there,

The symptoms you are describing (i.e. the vibrating, the "constricting of your left lung") are all your subjective interpretation of symptoms you're feeling. What you think you are feeling is not actually what is happening to your lung. When people have one lung which is "constricted" it is usually because of an obstructing tumour. How do I know you don't have an obstructing tumour? Because you're posting messages to this forum. People who have obstructive bronchial lesions are very ill and often have collapsed lungs requring hospitalization. HOWEVER, tightness in the chest IS a symptom and it can definitely be part of asthma whether primary asthma, or bronchoconstriction induced by a viral infection (which goes away once the virus is gone). If it's been going on for 5 months, it's more likely you have some form of asthma (if it's not just you being hypervigilant about your body). Did the lung doctor ask you to do pulmonary function tests where you have to blow in to a tube?

Finally, I note that you have written "chronic bronchitis" and COPD. You've obviously been doing reading on the internet haven't you? :) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an entity comprised of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is almost uniformly due to cigarette smoking. So you think you might have it? VERY doubtful. How do I know? Because you don't have a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis or alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency disease, and secondly, you're only 21. People with smoking induced COPD have a MINIMUM of a forty pack.year history of smoking. To calculate a pack.year, you take the number of packs of cigarettes you smoke in a day and multiply it by the number of years you've smoked. A forty pack.year history is smoking 25 cigarettes a day for FORTY years. Or smoking 50 cigarettes a day for 20 years. Think of just how many cigarettes that is! Many people have MORE than that. Most people with severe emphysema have up to 70 pack.year histories.

So, don't worry about it. You may have asthma, but COPD you do not! :) Also, it would probably benefit you to stop trying to interpret the mechanism of your symptoms, because it's going to just make you more hypervigilant.
[QUOTE=cgranulomatis;3967316]Hi there,

The symptoms you are describing (i.e. the vibrating, the "constricting of your left lung") are all your subjective interpretation of symptoms you're feeling. What you think you are feeling is not actually what is happening to your lung. When people have one lung which is "constricted" it is usually because of an obstructing tumour. How do I know you don't have an obstructing tumour? Because you're posting messages to this forum. People who have obstructive bronchial lesions are very ill and often have collapsed lungs requring hospitalization. HOWEVER, tightness in the chest IS a symptom and it can definitely be part of asthma whether primary asthma, or bronchoconstriction induced by a viral infection (which goes away once the virus is gone). If it's been going on for 5 months, it's more likely you have some form of asthma (if it's not just you being hypervigilant about your body). Did the lung doctor ask you to do pulmonary function tests where you have to blow in to a tube?

Finally, I note that you have written "chronic bronchitis" and COPD. You've obviously been doing reading on the internet haven't you? :) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an entity comprised of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is almost uniformly due to cigarette smoking. So you think you might have it? VERY doubtful. How do I know? Because you don't have a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis or alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency disease, and secondly, you're only 21. People with smoking induced COPD have a MINIMUM of a forty pack.year history of smoking. To calculate a pack.year, you take the number of packs of cigarettes you smoke in a day and multiply it by the number of years you've smoked. A forty pack.year history is smoking 25 cigarettes a day for FORTY years. Or smoking 50 cigarettes a day for 20 years. Think of just how many cigarettes that is! Many people have MORE than that. Most people with severe emphysema have up to 70 pack.year histories.

So, don't worry about it. You may have asthma, but COPD you do not! :) Also, it would probably benefit you to stop trying to interpret the mechanism of your symptoms, because it's going to just make you more hypervigilant.[/QUOTE]

It sounds like you are well informed on this. I did take a spirometry test (I think thats what its called, where I blew into the tube) and the doctor said it was normal. But, at that time my right lung wasn't feeling the tightness I'm describing. Like I said, it's a cycle; my right lung will tighten up then I can make myself cough up phlegm and then it will ease off a little (but still linger). This happens on average twice a day, usually starting with the morning. Lately, its been feeling better but I'm STILL coughing stuff up and when my lung gets tight, inhalers don't help too much.

By this point I would think a viral infection would be out of the question? I can't see how asthma really fits the bill either nor can I find anything else that might be my problem.

I realize I'm being a bit neurotic, but, after almost 6 months now, at 21, applying to grad schools soon and my whole life ahead of me, this has made my overall mental health deteriorate a little and I'm just looking for answers.
[QUOTE=Mathieujofis;3969998]It sounds like you are well informed on this. I did take a spirometry test (I think thats what its called, where I blew into the tube) and the doctor said it was normal. But, at that time my right lung wasn't feeling the tightness I'm describing. Like I said, it's a cycle; my right lung will tighten up then I can make myself cough up phlegm and then it will ease off a little (but still linger). This happens on average twice a day, usually starting with the morning. Lately, its been feeling better but I'm STILL coughing stuff up and when my lung gets tight, inhalers don't help too much.

By this point I would think a viral infection would be out of the question? I can't see how asthma really fits the bill either nor can I find anything else that might be my problem.

I realize I'm being a bit neurotic, but, after almost 6 months now, at 21, applying to grad schools soon and my whole life ahead of me, this has made my overall mental health deteriorate a little and I'm just looking for answers.[/QUOTE]
Why do you think it can't be asthma? What does asthma mean to you? Also, if you don't think it's asthma, what's your theory as to why your right lung feels constricted? When you had the spirometry done, did they give you any puffs of ventolin?
[QUOTE=Mathieujofis;3969998]It sounds like you are well informed on this. I did take a spirometry test (I think thats what its called, where I blew into the tube) and the doctor said it was normal. But, at that time my right lung wasn't feeling the tightness I'm describing. Like I said, it's a cycle; my right lung will tighten up then I can make myself cough up phlegm and then it will ease off a little (but still linger). This happens on average twice a day, usually starting with the morning. Lately, its been feeling better but I'm STILL coughing stuff up and when my lung gets tight, inhalers don't help too much.

By this point I would think a viral infection would be out of the question? I can't see how asthma really fits the bill either nor can I find anything else that might be my problem.

I realize I'm being a bit neurotic, but, after almost 6 months now, at 21, applying to grad schools soon and my whole life ahead of me, this has made my overall mental health deteriorate a little and I'm just looking for answers.[/QUOTE]





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