Hi everyone. I am new here and very worried. I have quite a few chronic health issues( Interstitial Cystitis which is a vert painful bladder disease, Chronic Gastrointestinal issues, Fibromyalgia, chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Last month my doctor suggested I try medical cannabis for my severe bladder pain. I ended up trying something called Cannabis oil through a vape pen. that I purchased at a medical cannabis dispensary. I have never done this before in my life so when I bought the stuff I asked the person at the dispensary to explain to me how to use the device. Well unfortunately he gave me the wrong instructions. He said to take a nice breath in and hold a few seconds. Well I immediately starting coughing and it felt like someone poured hot acid down my chest and in my throat. it was so awful. I thought I was going to die. The burning in my chest and in my throat was just terrible. This was on a Sunday( May 15th). I called the dispensary right after the whole incident and told them what happened. The guy said I took too big of a hit and apologized saying that the other person who sold me the stuff should have told me to take a Small puff since the cannabis oil is concentrated. He said I should feel better after a few hours. Well it took 2 days for me to start feeling better. Then on the fifth day I felt bad again. I felt burny and irritated in my upper chest and throat and felt like I had that feeling of having to cough all the time. I ended up going to the ER and they did a chest x-ray and checked my oxygen and said they were both fine. The doctor said he believed I had aspiration Pneumonitis. He said basically I was just very irritated from inhaling the cannabis oil and that it was similar to aspirating liquid into the airway. He said it should get better after a few days. After about 4 to 5 days I felt a lot better and eventually felt back to normal for the last two and half almost three weeks. Well last night I had something in my throat that made it tickle and I coughed some. You know when you feel like you have that tickle in your throat that makes you cough. Well now I am all irritated in my upper airway again. I feel like I did before with the constant feeling like need to cough and a little burny inside.
I had no respiratory issues at all before I took that one puff from the Cannabis oil vape pen. I am terrified that somehow doing that one hit of the medical cannabis oil vape pen that it permanently damaged my lungs some how. I have a very good friend who also has the same bladder disease I have( Interstitial Cystitis). She however also got Bronchiolitis Obleritans about a year and half ago. She said out of the blue she got a dry cough that just escalated. At first they said she had Asthma but the treatments for that did not help her. Then they told her she had COPD and when she explained that she never smoked a day in life they retracted that diagnosis. All the while she was getting progressively worse. Well within 6 months she ended up at Mayo Clinic and was finally dx with Bronchiolitis Obleritans and told she needed a lung transplant. They were not exactly sure how she got it, but said it may have been a medication she had taken, but called hers idiopathic. She ended getting the transplant a year ago and is doing pretty well right now thank God. I of course I am terrified that from inhaling the medical cannabis from that Vape pen that one time, that it may have damaged my lungs. How common is Bronchiolitis Obleritans? Could inhaling pure cannabis oil from a vape pen one time( a too big of a hit due to the person at the dispensary giving me the wrong instructions on how to use the device) cause irreparable damage? I mean it has been a month since the whole incident. I mean like I said, I felt back to normal the last two and half to three weeks and then last night I guess I got a tickle in my throat and it caused me to cough a bit and now today I do not feel good again in my upper chest and feeling like I have to cough all the time again. Not sure what to think. Do you think using a cannabis oil vape pen could have caused me permanent damage or could I be developing BO from that?? I am so worried. Any advice would be appreciated.