As some of you may know, I'm a bit of a worry wart..in fact I'm obsessive about it. I quit smoking 4 months ago and since that time I've noticed my breathing is a bit more taxed and I just feel a bit funny. It's almost like I've been swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool all day, my lungs just feel gunked up. I've had the spirometry test done (passed at 106%), had an X-Ray, blood work, ER visit, and have a heart appt. this week. I feel like maybe they missed something (which I know sounds ridiculous that 8 different doctors missed something).
Internet sites say that my cilia grows back in two weeks and is fully functional, hell that after a month I should be feeling great. This of course makes me feel worse because I'm sitting here at 4 months feeling like crap. Also, all the doctors believe this is all related to anxiety..which is just fantastic.
I guess what I'm looking for is comfort from your stories out there. Did you feel short of breath for a while? How long did your symptoms of feeling off, unhealthy, anxious, etc. go on after quitting. Does anyone have any reasonable explanation as to why I might be feeling this way as my body recovers? Is it possible to pass a Spirometry test with 106% reading and still have COPD or lung disease?
I'm 32 and smoked for roughly 12-15 years, about 7-10 cigs a day. I'm terrified I've stopped smoking too late and my life will be forever destroyed by picking up this stupid habit.