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Old 03-16-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

I am a 31-year old, male, non-smoker, not on any meds, and for the past 6 weeks or so I have had an issue where, especially at night while sleeping, I will awake and my left lung feels like it isn't inflating properly, just very tight. If I try to take a deep breath it is really uncomfortable and tends to make me start coughing.

On a few occasions I have had very little mucus and it was white/yellowish/greenish in color. After getting up and up and about in the morning it is less noticeable but still feels like my left lung is not working to full capacity. I will also occasionally think I hear a gurgle or wheeze in my lungs that quickly stops. I also have a few times felt short of breath like my left lung just isn't working.

I went to my doctor several weeks ago and I was told that my lungs sounded fine and it was probably allergies. But the issue still has not improved, and I still have occasional unproductive coughs. I tried Mucinex but nothing came of it, and it did not improve the condition.

I am getting frustrated, as I have never had this happen before, and it is worrying to me, as I don't want to develop a more serious condition.

Does anyone know what it could possibly be???

Thanks!

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

Hi...I would suggest you go back to the doctor and say you're having a lot of discomfort continually and want to have an x-ray. Since you are having coloured mucous expelled, you might have an infection.

Definitely it seems an x-ray is in order to at least rule out infection or anything else that might be going on.

If the doctor is suggesting allergies, you should consider to be referred to a respirologist who can do the appropriate testing regarding lung functioning and to check for asthma.

Do you have fits of coughing?

Are you having any pain at all?
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

I think you should see another doctor for a second opinion, and also have a chest x ray taken.

 
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

I appreciate that. I only have coughing fits at night when I try to take a deep breath after awaking. My chest feels VERY tight, almost like it can't expand, and the discomfort quickly escalates into a pretty severe coughing fit. But during the day I only occasionally cough.

There is no pain, just the extreme discomfort when trying to breath, like the left lung is unable to expand properly, almost feels like I am trying to fill a deflated balloon inside a jar. It takes many deep breaths to "Stretch" it back out to where it feels like it is inflating properly again and the discomfort lessens a little.

I am having very little mucus, I will occasionally cough up a little bit and it is indeed colored.

 
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

You do need to insist on an x-ray for sure. AND insist on seeing a specialist. You might have post nasal drip that can be contributing to the coughing, especially if you don't have it during the day...

What are your plans at this point?

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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

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You do need to insist on an x-ray for sure. AND insist on seeing a specialist. You might have post nasal drip that can be contributing to the coughing, especially if you don't have it during the day...

What are your plans at this point?

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Well, I went to the doctor, he took an X-ray, and has referred me to a specialist.

He gave me some codeine cough suppressant, a Z-pack, and a couple of Inhalers.

I will definitely keep you guys posted.

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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

I'm happy to hear the x-ray was done and that you're getting referred to a specialist...woohoo!!

Curious what inhalers you were prescribed?

Definitely keep us posted!
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

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I'm happy to hear the x-ray was done and that you're getting referred to a specialist...woohoo!!

Curious what inhalers you were prescribed?

Definitely keep us posted!
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Thanks!

The inhaler was "Ventolin HFA" and I am still having a tough time sleeping at night, as it feels like my left lung is collapsed at times. Hopefully I get a call soon about the specialist.

 
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

Have you had a collapsed lung in the past? Are you having pain? or just difficulty to breathe?

the x-ray will show if you do.

Let me know when you see the specialist.
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

I have the exact thing going on with my lungs right now. I feel fine all day, then at night, my chest gets uncomfortably tight and I have coughing spells. When I wake up it all comes up and goes away. I am currently taking an inhaler and that helps a little, but this has been going on for over a month now and now i'm getting worried. Also, I know I HAVE asthma. I've had it since I was a little kid, but it never ever got bad before. But I think it's strange that I only get this way at around 9 p.m. Also, I am a non-smoker.

 
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

em99...what inhaler are you on? a combined steroid/long lasting bronchodilator?

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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

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em99...what inhaler are you on? a combined steroid/long lasting bronchodilator?

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The inhaler is called Ventolin HFA (albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol)

 
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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

Hi..and you're to take it how often?

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Re: Left lung feels "full" and "tight" when taking deep breath it is uncomfortable...

I usually take it in the evening when my symptoms become worse. It does make quite a difference, but does not last all night. I sometimes wake up with extreme lung tightness. But then like 20 minutes after I wake up, my symptoms disappear.

 
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