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I am a 36 yr old female, never smoked in my life but the past few months I had a panic attack when I went to the doctor in July 2017 and had to take deep breaths all day for a few days. I also noticed my blood pressure spiked during this time. As my breathing returned to normal so did my bp although slightly higher than it was but in the normal range. After the breathing returned to normal I still had to take a deep breath as if I was missing air in my lungs but not as frequently as before. I then started to wake up every morning coughing mucus which had no blood in it. I still cough mucus now but this mucus isn't like when I have a cold or flu where it quickly comes out. This mucus feels like its deep in my throat and is harder to cough out. I may blame it on being out of shape but I also feel a shortness of breath when running up the stairs or when my throat feels congested and I am eating. I went on vacation and came back with a cold which gave me the most awful congestion and pain my ears for 2 weeks after I came back home. I went to the doc and told him about the congestion and the mucus. He said he heard some wheezing and said it could be the asthma I had before as a child and to take mucinex. He didn't seem too concerned because I had to remind him of the wheezing before he told me to take mucinex and if it didn't subside in a few days to come back for an inhaler. Reading about COPD on google is making me wonder I could have it? I only have the wheezing and the cough when there is mucus in my throat though and the mucus I cough up hasn't been increasing the past months. I sleep on an elevated pillow but I still have the mucus in my throat in the mornings. I don't feel the mucinex work on me but just noticed it gave me an itchy throat.
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