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I don't know where to start really do this is gonna be a long one.
I am female, 5ft 3 and 30year's old.
I've been a smoker for a long time. Full time smoker since I was 14, I've been smoking for the entirety of my adult life. I am now 30. I smoke 20 a day. I quit 3 years ago using a vape but only lasted 4 months! I've quit again, using patches. It's been 3 days.
I have been having chest pain on and off for over a year but since January has been constant. Have been to the gp multiple times and hospital and had acute chest pain investigations several times (blood test/ecg/chest X ray).
The pain was in the centre of my chest on the left side, every day until the beginning of this week, it had moved to my back and side, mid back on the left side. No change on breathing in or out.
I went back to the gp, a different one to who I usually see - not by request, just the way it worked out. She listened to my chest and I had an expiratory wheeze on the left side. I did peak flow and scored 350 which is bellow what it's should be for me. I have to go back for spirometry. This worries me as no doctors have considered my chest pain to be respiratory before. She had given me a blue ventolin inhaler to see if this helps. My oxygen level on the finger probe was okay. 98%.
I am also worried because until this point I did not notice that I was particularly short of breath but I am now! I have noticed that I am unable to take a very deep breath and constantly want to. I don't know how long it has been this way but maybe a while, I've not really thought about it.
I am wondering if I have done some serious damage having been smoking for so long? I don't want to do anymore googling... I've pretty much convinced myself I have lung cancer now.
I too never considered I may have a lung problem. I do not have a cough. At all, I have been more aware of this since my appointment on Thursday and I have coughed once. I do not have any chest tightness.
Though it has only been 3 days not smoking my chest pain is much improved, still there but intemitently not constant. So now I'm pretty sure the fags are source of my problem, are my lungs going to recover from this?
I have also notice mucous, feels stuck behind my nose/upper throat. struggling to loosen it and am constantly throat clearing. I don't have a sore throat but did have a single tonsil stone yesterday... gross I know. I sound a bit like I have a sore throat but I dont. Don't know whether these things are just from not smoking.
Wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms and what can do to improve things. Any advice or insight would be greatly accepted.
Many thanks and sorry for the long post.
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