I have been diagnosed to have c.o.p.d., however it is not advanced. When my doctor listens to my lungs he said they sound good. I have done the pulminary tests (where you do different breathing tests into a tube), and that has turned out normal. I also have an anxiety disorder, panic. So I know the c.o.p.d. and the anxiety make it really hard to breathe normally. I'm on two inhalers... sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. At times my chest is really tight but I can still get a deep breath. Sometimes when my chest is tight it gets better like maybe when the sun goes down , or a specific time like that. I read that allergies can cause tightness in the chest, causing asthma, therefore making it hard to breathe. I always seem to be congested, my ears pop open and shut, I have to clear my throat sometimes. Sorry to be gross, but sometimes pleghm will come up, but not so bad I have to spit it out. I have also had surgery for acid reflux. My PCP said that if the acid reflux is acting up again, it can make it hard to breathe. I'm sorry, I don't know the "extremely long" name for the surgery I had, but basically the doctor went in and tied my stomach around my esophegus to keep the acid from rising. My PCP said smoking can cause this to open up some, and that allows acid to rise. UGH... I'm a walking hot mess. Are there any doctors here on the site? Or anyone who can help?? Thanks so much.
I'm not a Dr but yes, it is possible to have asthma and COPD. Actually asthma often leads to COPD. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease so it is caused by chronic obstruction of the pulmonary system and asthma can be a causative factor. Asthma doesnt always present as wheezing and what people would normally think of as an asthma attack. Some people with asthma only present with a chronic cough or a constant need to clear their throat. Your Dr is right that acid reflux can also make the chest feel tight. You state he mentioned smoking, if you smoke, you really should do your best to try to quit. If you have respiratory problems smoking only compounds them. It sounds like anxiety may be a big factor too. I suspect that when your chest feels tight and your inhalers dont work that it is anxiety causing the tightness. The tighter the chest, the more it aggravates the anxiety, until it becomes a viscious circle. Has he given you any antianxiety meds to take? When you have tightness of the chest and difficulty breathing you should try the inhalers first. If that doesnt relieve the tightness then try the antianxiety medicine. Between the two it should help a great deal. You can also try a TUMS or something like to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach so it is not backing up and aggravating your breathing. You may have to approach it from multiple angles since there seems to be multiple causes. Hopefully after a while you will begin to recognize which factor is causing the symptoms.
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