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Smithy1966
Smithy1966
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Hi I have just been diagnosed with mild copd but have been unwell since I have given up smoking but still cough through the night and only have 5 to 6 hrs sleep I cough for about an hr before settling down chest is tight and feel like my chest is closing in on me is this how life is going to be now ?

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sassy59

Morning Smithy, do you have any medication or inhalers to use? See you GP and explain what is happening and how you feel. Take care xxxxx

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Smithy1966
Smithy1966
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Hi yes I do have a ventolin one and eklira genuair inhaler which was helping but now struggling to do things I did not expect to be this bad with mild copd not been to work for 7 weeks because of all the infections and now have Vertigo x

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sepsep

hi, it is very common to experience chest tightness and scary sensations for a while after quitting smoking. People say this can last for days to months in some cases. Persevere and it will likely go completely in time if you are at the mild stage. I would mention to your gp, but it may help if you take a look on the quit site and search chest tightness after quitting. Many people report feeling very scared by the way they felt after stopping smoking, but down the line they feel so much better. Keep exercising, eating healthily and am sure you will start feeling better.

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Smithy1966
Smithy1966
in reply to sepsep

Thank you so exercise what should I be doing how long for and how out of breath should I get ?

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Hidden
Hidden

Hi nice to meet you. Ask your doctor/nurse to refer you to PR (pulmonary rehabilitation). This is a group which meets once/twice a week for a set number of months. There will usually be an exercise expert there also a trained respiratory nurse. You do exercises especially designed for lung problem sufferers then the nurse will have a chat and answer all your questions.

In answer to your question to get the maximum benefit from exercise you need to do it to the level where you are too breathless to sing but not to talk. Any less and you are not getting the full benefit, and any more will not do you any more good and might put you off doing it. x

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Smithy1966
Smithy1966
in reply to Hidden

Thank you for your advice will look into this .x

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Mandy6513

I only get a tight chest when i have an infection so i would go back to your doctor

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Smithy1966

Hi mandy have made a appointment for doctors tomorrow just so worried since last Oct I have had 3 infections and cannot believe I may have another one . X

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Mandy6513

It happens like that sometimes and often one course of antibiotics dosnt clear it up.

Get some sample pots while your there so you have them in the house to take a sputum sample with you its important to know whats being treated

Hope you feel better soon

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Smithy1966

That's the thing I don't cough up anything not even on my last infections to take any samples.

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Mandy6513

I get like that too which makes spotting an infection difficult some times but keep going back until your feeling better because your doctor should be able to manage your condition and if he cant you need referring to a consultant

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Smithy1966

I intend to only said to my husband last night they need to sort this special when I hear people get on very well with there life and work i just feel that I won't b able to go back to work at the moment feel so emotional so how long have you had yours mandy ? And what stage ?

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Mandy6513

I agree with you honey you can definitely be doing better than you are now ...there are lots of members on here who still work and once your doctor gets things right you will feel much better including emotionally :)

Unfortunately my doctor kept ignoring me because of my age and i spent almost a year on and off antibiotics then collapsed and was diagnosed with very severe copd and bronchiectasis ...Came home on oxygen 3 years ago ....

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Smithy1966

Thanks mandy Im sorry to hear about yours. im going to keep on to my doctor as you said I should be able to have some normal life and sleep speak soon its so nice to speak about copd with someone else who undetstands will let you know what my gp says tomorrow Steph

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Mandy6513

Things will be much better once your feeling well in yourself and it will happen x

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Smithy1966

😊hope so x

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Mandy6513

Trust me it will.....Let me know how it goes ,, you can always pm if you dont want to do it on the forum ...Keep your chin up honey x

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Smithy1966

Thank you x

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Smithy1966

Hi mandy the doctors think I may have Reflux from stomach so got to have tests for that which the acid causes couph and pains in chest x

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Mandy6513

That could be causing some of your symptoms and i know a lot of people on here suffer with it...How do you feel about that possible diagnosis and did they give you anything x

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Smithy1966

Well I can only wait and see found it strange that it could be that have given me Omeprazole capsules to take. X

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Mandy6513

There are a lot of people on here who suffer from it. Give them a go and see if it eases it,, I would have thought it should make a difference quite quickly but if you dont feel better go back x

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Smithy1966

Will do I will give them a week and go back to the doctors don't know how u cope x

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Mandy6513

Having the right diagnosis and getting on the right medications is one part of coping and the other is through the skin of my teeth some days :) x

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Dedalus

Hello and welcome Smithy

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Smithy1966
Smithy1966
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Hi thank you

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