Does chronic smoking cause chest tightness?
I am a 52 year old female, smoke regularly (I know, I'm working on it) and yesterday, all of a sudden, I began to feel a tightening in my throat area. It almost felt like a sore throat was coming on and what I was feeling was constant, it didn't come and go. However, when I sat down to watch t.v. an hour or two later and fully relaxed, not smoking, the pain moved to my chest. It's almost in my esophagus area. I don't have a cough, no pain in my arms, back or jaw. When I bend over, (forward) the pain becomes more intense. It's as if it tightens, when I lay down the pain may or may not subside until I get up again at which time it continues. Yes, it' constant. I'm kinda scared. No headaches, fever or anything like that. What do you think it could be? I'm other wise a healthy person.
kindly visit a pulmonologist immediately
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This is Dr.Riyanka and I am glad to be helping you with your query.
Chronic smoking as you know is injurious to health.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of obstructive lung disease (commonly seen in chronic smokers) is characterized by continous poor airflow due to blocked airways which typically worsens over time.In COPD there is increased inflammatory response in the lungs resulting in narrowing of the small airways and breakdown of lung tissue known as emphysema.
When chest tightness occurs it usually indicates an underlying lung condition like an infection in the lungs or narrowing of airways which can result in difficulty breathing.
COPD treatments usually include:
1. quitting smoking
2. inhaled bronchodilators and steroids
3. vaccinations to prevent secondary infections
As of now i request you to visit a pulmonologist so that he can give you bronchodilators and steroids which will relieve your symptoms.
Also he/she may advise you Pulmonary Function tests to know the status of your lung function.
You may also be referred to a cardiologist to rule out any cardiovascular pathology caused due to chronic smoking.
Hope this answers your query. Don't worry .
Do write back if you have any further doubts.
Get well soon
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