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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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I am having breathing problems

Im 26 YR old female that recently stoped smoking but did so for 11 years before I stopped. The last 3 mths I've been having trouble breathing and my lungs hurt so bad. Pain and burning and it seems hard to take in a satisfying breath. Its suddenly hard to do small things like walk across a room talking at the same time. I had asthma as a child but have never had trouble with it as anadult I fear the worse and don't have insurance. I went to the er a mounth ago and they did a xray and said my lungs looked fine but that they wouldn't long because I smoked so young. He never told me strait out or did any breathing test but on my discharge paper they put cops. If this is the case why didn't he tell me. Why is it all of a sudden so bad. And is it normal for it to pop up so bad out of no where. Could this be a lung infection or a related problem with my heart. Because I get sharp pains in it sometimes. ( daily) oh also dr said oxygen levels were good and so was blood counts.
Thu, 12 May 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
hello and welcome to healthcare magic!!
well the effects of chronic smoking for 11 long years will definitely be there and copd is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is seen in chronic smokers where the lungs start losing their normal elastic tendency what you are experiencing is mostly because of that i feel you should continue the medications given and also you can take nebulisation for breathing discomfort periodically.take care.
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