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Advice pleasee
Oct 8, 2013
Hi guys..... I'll greatly appreciate any responses

30, smoked 10 yrs, live in a polluted city in latin America for 5 years.

quit cigs jan, used to smoke weed and then when started getting a slightly tight chest the following day and/or slight diff breathing in smoky environments quit and removed situations from life, was just hoping it would go away and my lungs were healing ....

then started with increasing tight chest after exposure to smoke... this developed to include some slight mucus prod. would usually get a tight chest the next day.

went to the beach for 2 weeks and all symtoms pretty much went away though did have a little tight chest at one point, dont remember what happened.....I didn't smoke obviously.

got back to city and had some near immediate clues that my lungs weren't happy, slight small little sensations ... this was temporary but got worse after each exposure


saw an ear,nose throat doc and he said respiratory allergies without being specific and gave me a steroid inhaler and some asthma tabs.

took those for a few days after a party bad tightness episode the following day. so I went to see a pulmonologist and he checked me out and said I *might* have early COPD though without doing a PFT....

he put me on celestone, took me off ENT's drugs, a powerful gargling mouth wash as I had a super sore throat esp on one side, an expectorant and antibiotics just in case. the expectorant cleared lungs in about 2 days but inflamed throat like crazy...that got better quick.

left city again and some improvement in symptoms tho went to NY and Phila so although like mountain air compared to home I was still sensitive to irritants, especially perfume I noted started giving me tightness for an hour or two after slightly prolonged exposure (a few mins)

since back I'm now on Zenhale 200/5 2x2 day which I feel helps I think, but really Im not sure. have had some wheezing, maybe 2 or 3 times but since taking meds it's only happened once. I did some fairly vigerous exercise yesterday (skipping indoors in filtered air - no breathlessness but some wheezing after followed by some coughing)

mucus is a minor issue now, after exposure to irritants i get a little. cough, none to speak of apart from once or twice every couple of days or like yesterday after exercise....

chest tightness for an hour or two following perfume is most noticeable thing.... no idea qwith smoke as I run a mile if someones smoking....

day I got back home from trip the the US (my home here is polluted and at 7200 feet) I woke up 5 hours after arrival with shortness of breath and a wheeze was a bit panicky, took inhaler (from ENT) and celestone and within an hour or so I was ok....

what do you think? Any and all replies will be greatly appreciated. :) some folks on COPD forums have suggested I have asthma rather than COPD.... I need to wait for permission to do a lung function test cos doc says so....

feeling kinda desperate





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