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Coughing spasms and I get shortness of breath and tightness in the left side of my chest and I cough up phlegm over half the time when I cough.

Bronchitis. Or possibly pneumonia. It's also possible it's a virus like a cold, but given the severity of the cough you should get checked by a doctor ASAP. They may want to do blood tests and a chest x-Ray and you may need antibiotics. . Read more...
Lung disease. If this is new it could be a pneumonia. If you are a smoker this could be COPD or emphysema. You should be seen and evaluated, as there are treatments that help with both. Read more...
Chronic bronchitis. It sounds like you may have a form of COPD called chronic bronchitis. See your primary care doctor and get evaluated, diagnosed and treated. Read more...