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Emphysema symptoms would include:
Bringing up phlegm (if chronic bronchitis also is present)
Tightness feeling in the chest
Barrel-like distended chest
Swelling of the ankles
Lethargy or difficulty concentrating
Both of these conditions would cause you to have shortness of breath both while resting and more so when jogging. Given the length of time that you smoked and the time that has elapsed since you stopped there is another likely cause of this problem and that would be anxiety. The body after having nicotine for a very long time is "hard wired" into having it to function normally. You may not be aware of this but the body could be giving off a signal that you want a smoke. This would get worse of course if you were resting and doing nothing when the brain can focus on this craving. While jogging the brain is busy with many other things and so the focus is not on the lack of nicotine.
Since you smoked for so long I'm sure that you will be having some shortness of breath as a result but the increase when resting would be do to the anxiety. This can take several months and up to a year to fully pass and the body to stop craving the nicotine/habit of smoking. This should resolve by itself without medical intervention but if you experience chest pain, excessive shortness of breath, etc. you will want to get in with the urgent care clinic and they may prescribe something to calm the anxiety.
So if this were copd or emphysema it would be very difficult to run a mile. In 11mins ?I can run a half mile in 5 mins I also did that 6 min walk test thing Dr use I covered 580 meters with no problem at all. I also walked 5 miles 2 days ago...xanax does help with the shortness of breath but does not take it away completly.....what do u think of the exercise I can do?
Yes if this were either you would have extreme difficulty jogging at all. Given the fact that you smoked for so many years you are doing good in your pace. If the xanax helps it may need to be adjusted or another medication prescribed so you will want to discuss this with your dr. You will normally experience some shortness of breath since you smoked for so long until the lungs get cleared and back to a healthy state.
So what your saying is by me constantly thinking about my breathing I'm causing it to become short can the mind and anxiety really do this?
Yes I did I ran a mile today in 10 mins 30 secs which is 30 secs faster then a week ago....I also had sex with my wife and had no issue I can complete all these tasks without difficulty....I feel like when I think about my breathing all day...it just makes it worse.....do u really think this is anixity and not perminate lung damage??
I understand that I did smoke for a long time but I thought the lungs repaired themselves after a while
Thanks for your help sir...one last thing xanax does not treat sob caused by copd and emphasyma correct?