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Problems with my lungs. Almost assuredly correlated with my

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Problems with my lungs. Almost assuredly correlated with my cigarette habit. I am not asking why smoking cigarettes is causing health problems. That is obvious. Cigarettes are terrible. I am asking why smoking so few cigarettes has such great impact. I have smoked about a pack a day for over a decade. Started getting attacks. Decided to quit. Tried to quit. Got down to one cigarette a day. Stressful job position change. Now I smoke about four cigarettes a day. Still feel awful, of course. However, if I smoke just one extra cigarette, I have attacks. My throat feels closed off. I am CONSTANTLY coughing up garbage. Wheezing. Coughing. Sleep apnea. I feel fine (awful) with four cigarettes, but if I smoke just one extra one, I end up coughing it back up for about an hour and a half to two hours until my lungs are clear. Then I'm okay again, and my sleep schedule is already ruined. Again, I'm not whining about the fact that I can't smoke tons of cigarettes every day with no repercussions. When I can quit I will. I am just worried. Is there an underlying issue that is causing this? It's not normal. Four cigarettes per day is very light smoking. Why am I limited to that? Many people smoke much more than I do without these issues. They aren't constantly coughing at work. They can sleep at night. Why am I so sensitive to this?

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil Kumar replied 1 year ago.
Hello,
What is your age and gender?
Have you undergone any investigations so far?
Are you taking any medications?
Shortness of breath?
Any other medical history?

Thanks.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I am a 31 year old male.


No investigations. I simply contributed it to the fact that I smoke, but now I smoke so little.


No medications.


I do have slight to moderate shortness of breath associated with it.


No other medical history. I literally have nothing.

Expert:  Dr. Anil Kumar replied 1 year ago.

Hello,
Thanks for providing more information.

Firstly as you have wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, sleep apnea so you shouldn't ignore your symptoms and it can increase the risk of lung cancer.

You need to undergo Chest X-ray, spirometry, CBC, ESR, Echocardiography and a clinical examination by your regular doctor.

Now your main question is that you feel such symptoms when you exceed cigarettes more than 4 a day.

So this is because of the fact that high amount of nicotine impair your pulmonary function test.

Everyone has his own capacity to tolerate nicotine however it's effects are same and they 'll also get same symptoms in next few months to years if they continue to consume one pack of cigarette per day.

All cigarettes can cause damage to the human body and even a small amount is dangerous.

You should concern about your current condition which shouldn't be left it untreated.




I hope this helps.
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