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I'm 24 and smoked since I was 12. Have been a pretty heavy smoker for the past 4 years. Smoking about a pack, sometimes more a day. Since December (3 months ago) I developed this congestion in my left lung (felt more like left side of throat at first) that had me constantly clearing my throat keeping me up at night. It really only seemed to bother me while trying to sleep. Now its all day and 10x worse at night. My lung feels like its coated in very think phlegm and/or a blockage in the left side of throat (or top of lung). I can't cough it up and it's really irritating, especially when trying to sleep. I get wheezing in that lung quite frequently lately as well and also get back, chest, rib, and shoulder pain but is dull, or not too bad most of the time.
I'm scared because I see these symptoms when I search lung cancer symptoms but it also says most times these symptoms aren't lung cancer so I came here hoping to find some answers.
Could it be something simple? Maybe pneumonia or an infection? Should I be worried?
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