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28 yo. Quit smoking two weeks ago. Tight chest. Pft nov Fvc 79 fev1 98% pft feb Fvc 110 fev1 115. Fev1/Fvc 83%. Both have low pef. Copd? Asthma?

28 yo. Quit smoking two weeks ago. Tight chest. Pft nov Fvc 79 fev1 98%  pft feb Fvc 110 fev1 115. Fev1/Fvc 83%. Both have low pef. Copd? Asthma?

Hard to tell,: With those findings, further testing is needed. Unlikely to be COPD, given your age, please keep the follow up with your doctor / pulmonologist for continuity of care and better management, take medicines as prescribed, good luck ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


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I quit smoking 5 days ago and am dealing with chest tightness. Will this go away with time?

I quit smoking 5 days ago and am dealing with chest tightness. Will this go away with time?

It should!: Congratulations! Try to be patient and confident - this will eventually be a good health move and you'll be glad you succeeded. A suggestion I give patients: W/out the cigarette, do the smoking breath pattern for several minutes at a time up to as often as you smoked. Inhale fully. Hold it. Blow out a full exhale. It's good for you and missing it is partly why quitting's hard. ...Read more

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Quit smoking 4 days ago and am now coughing, is this normal? Wheezing at night and chest tightness in the morning stopped the first day i quit.

Quit smoking 4 days ago and am now coughing, is this normal?  Wheezing at night and chest tightness in the morning stopped the first day i quit.

Yes: It is quite common for cough and wheezing to increase after smoking cessation. The hair cells that line the resp. Tract wake up and start working, moving all the junk that you have accumulated in your airways. This can go on for several weeks, but tends to improve within a month. Stick with it! take adequate fluids to allow your lungs to liquify the mucus and get it out. Try support groups. ...Read more

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Persistent dry cough for ~4 weeks. Quit smoking in april. I race in open water swims, cough started after first race. Could this be from the water? A little chest tightness, no other symptoms.

Persistent dry cough for ~4 weeks. Quit smoking in april. I race in open water swims, cough started after first race. Could this be from the water? A little chest tightness, no other symptoms.

? Asthma: Exercise induced asthma comes to mind, but it could be a lot of other things. Infection, allergy, or bronchitis are possibilities. You should probably see your doctor, who can do an exam, possibly a chest x-ray, and possibly evaluate your lung function. ...Read more

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My girlfriend quit smoking for two weeks ago but she is experiencing tightness in her chest. Is this common?

My girlfriend quit smoking for two weeks ago but she is experiencing tightness in her chest.  Is this common?

Possibly: Nicotine withdrawal is very common in smokers who quit smoking "cold turkey". They experience all kind of unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms. Although, chest tightness is probably not the most common one, i guess, it is potential to have some unpleasant sensation in the chest, however, she will need to watch for other symptoms - cough, phlegm production, painful respiration, fever etc. ...Read more

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Just quit smoking 2 days ago and my chest has felt tight and i go though a coughing fit a couple time a day. Is with normal ? Cough drops have seems to help the coughing

Just quit smoking 2 days ago and my chest has felt tight and i go though a coughing fit a couple time a day. Is with normal ? Cough drops have seems to help the coughing

Yes: Smoking causes the hair cells that line the air passages to stop working, which keeps all the crud that smoking puts there, and all the mucus that the body makes to get rid of it, stuck in the lungs and air passages. When you stop smoking, the hair cells start to work, and all this stuff starts to come up. So cough is common, can last weks, and is a good sign - you are cleaning it out. Good luck. ...Read more

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I quit smoking around 2 months ago. This week i have suddenly found it hard to inhale deeply and my chest feels tight What could this be?

I quit smoking around 2 months ago. This week i have suddenly found it hard to inhale deeply and my chest feels tight What could this be?

Unlikely that your: present symptoms are related to your victory over smoking. There are several possibilities here. Please see your doc for diagnosis and treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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For 1wk wake up with slight tightness in chest, wheezing. Goes away after ~30min. Quit smoking 2yrs ago, had same symptoms b4 quitting. ?

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Is it normal to have SOB chest tightness and what feels like occasional weak or irregular respiratory rate 3 weeks after smoking cessation?

Is it normal to have SOB chest tightness and what feels like occasional weak or irregular respiratory rate 3 weeks after smoking cessation?

Yes: following smoking cessation, the tiny hair cells that line the respiratory tract start working again, and start moving up all the accumulated junk and mucus that has accumulated there. This can result in increased productive cough, pain with coughing and even shortness of breath. But it is a good sign, and will stop after several week to months. Congrats on stopping, and stay quit! ...Read more

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Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Everyone is: different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Not smoking can make things better but you need to see doctor. Better off w/out e-cigs. Peace & health. ...Read more

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Can smoking medical marijuana lead to asthma? I've been using medical marijuana for about a year. Now I am having periodic wheezing and chest tightness. Could my smoking be causing asthma? It doesn't always happen while I am smoking. .

Can smoking medical marijuana lead to asthma? I've been using medical marijuana for about a year. Now I am having periodic wheezing and chest tightness. Could my smoking be causing asthma? It doesn't always happen while I am smoking.

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Yes, : Yes, asthma is an inflammatory of your respiratory tract that can lead to partial and even full obstruction. Smoking is both a trigger and aggravating factor in this disease. You need to be evaluated by your physician to manage this problem. ...Read more

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Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm.No chest pain.What it could be and how long cough last?

Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm.No chest pain.What it could be and how long cough last?

Good sign: It is very common coughing after quitting smoking. Some people seem to cough more than usual. The cough is only temporary and might actually be a sign that your body is starting to heal and recover. Speed the process by using humidifier or vaporizer and drink plenty of fluids. Congratulations! ...Read more

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Hello. I have just quit smoking and I feel as those my chest is heavily congested with mucus. I don't know what's going?

Hello. I have just quit smoking and I feel as those my chest is heavily congested with mucus. I don't know what's going?

Paradoxical: I've heard that as the cells in your bronchial tubes and lungs begin their repair process it can cause such effects. You are urged to bear up and use symptom relief as possible - if you're not sure it is not a flu or other condition see your doctor to verify. They'll be pleased w/ you for quitting and the warm admiration may feel good. Mucinex (guaifenesin) can help - drink lots of water! ...Read more

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bad Chest pain. Center of chest below ribcage.And the pain goes to my bacK. E.r. Dr. Said to quit smoking. I've never smoked?.

Forget the ER doc: Shame on the ER doc for not knowing you're a non-smoker. Pain in that location which radiates to the back is really more in the abdomen than chest. 2 concerns I would have are: pancreatitis and peptic ulcer. You need further eval. Please see your family doc or go to a different ER if you otherwise don't have access to care. ...Read more

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Had flu about month ago and i quit smoking week started experiencing pains in my back and chest and sides are these common symptoms?

Had flu about month ago and i quit smoking  week started experiencing pains in my back and chest and sides are these common symptoms?

Flu symptoms: They can be when you have the flu but not month later. Doubt any connection to flu or cessation of smoking. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 2 months ago and have recently started running. I've been experiencing slight but continuous chest pain. Should I be worried? Thanks!

I quit smoking 2 months ago and have recently started running. I've been experiencing slight but continuous chest pain. Should I be worried? Thanks!

Possibly-don't panic: At 24 you are young for concern, but any chest pain, espec in a smoker, should be eval at least clinically. Simply more hx could poss allow for a more definitive answer.Some people do experience a worsening of sx's shortly after quitting smoking as the lungs start to clear some of the toxins. Cont pain is a actually a little reassuring, if it was a heart prob by now it would likely be obvious. ...Read more

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I quit smoking almost 6 months ago. Smoked over 22 years. Lately I have chest congestion, coughing tastes like glue. Why? What can I do? Rattly chest?

I quit smoking almost 6 months ago. Smoked over 22 years. Lately I have chest congestion, coughing tastes like glue. Why? What can I do? Rattly chest?

You are experiencing: The long term effects from tobacco withdrawal. It is one of the worst drugs that we use so carelessly for years. All you can do is to treat the symptoms, particularly lung infections, as they occur and wait for your system to get over these long lasting effects. ...Read more

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Been to many docs for chest pain. Quit smoking due to this. Still feel pain. I exercise all the time, can run miles. Smoked day ago couldn't breathe?

Been to many docs for chest pain. Quit smoking due to this. Still feel pain. I exercise all the time, can run miles. Smoked day ago couldn't breathe?

Reactive airways: The cigarette smoke likely irritated your airways and caused them to constrict. The constriction is likely why you had difficulty breathing. You may be exposed to other environmental factors that also bother your lungs and can consider seeing an allergist for both pulmonary function tests and/or allergy tests. Probably not a good idea to smoke in the future. Good luck. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today. Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs. Is this normal after 4 weeks?

I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today.  Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs.  Is this normal after 4 weeks?

Yes! Your lung cilia: is trying to return to normal and 'brush' all that debris out of your lungs into your throat to cough or swallow to get it out of there! It is going to take time to do depending on how serious a smoker you were, or how many packs per day for how many years that you smoked. So, do hydrate and drink liquids to reduce the viscosity of phlegm. Cool mist humidifier & a HEPA air filter may help too. ...Read more

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Hello. I have just quit smoking and I feel as those my chest is heavily conguested with mucus. I don't know what's going?

Hello. I have just quit smoking and I feel as those my chest is heavily conguested with mucus. I don't know what's going?

Paradoxical: I've heard that as the cells in your bronchial tubes and lungs begin their repair process it can cause such effects. You are urged to bear up and use symptom relief as possible - if you're not sure it is not a flu or other condition see your doctor to verify. They'll be pleased w/ you for quitting and the warm admiration may feel good. Mucinex (guaifenesin) can help - drink lots of water! ...Read more

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My husband is having severe chest pains. He just quit smoking 24 hours ago. He's 33 years old & in great shape. Should I be worried?

My husband is having severe chest pains. He just quit smoking 24 hours ago. He's 33 years old & in great shape. Should I be worried?

Don't worry: But, support him. If he is more worried than you are used to - don't minimize his feelings and offer to take him to an urgent care or ER. He's not likely to be having a medical crisis - but middle aged men do have heart attacks. Again, it's not likely and would not be connected to quitting. It's more that he's having w/drawal efx and they can be hard. I'll write a breath suggestion in a comment. ...Read more

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Just quit smoking, saw 2 doctors for chest pain, they checked with stethoscope and they said I was fine. Should I go again? Coughing black phlem

Just quit smoking, saw 2 doctors for chest pain, they checked with stethoscope and they said I was fine. Should I go again? Coughing black phlem

No need: It is common for ex-smokers to experience a tight and uncomfortable feeling in their chest. This just goes away with time. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health and quality of life. Congratulation! ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Tightness (Definition)

Chest tightness is the feeling of a "squeezing" or a pressure in the chest. Sometimes there is an associated breathing difficulty. There are numerous potential causes. Heart attack, angina, pericarditis, chest wall pain, heart rhythm condition, esophagus spasm, lung condition are ...Read more


Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more