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Breathing difficulty i never had when i was smoking.

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I smoked from my 13 to 23. On my 23rd birthday i decided to quit smoking. It seems that since that day i started having breathing difficulties. I wake up sometimes during the night because i am wheezing and can't breathe, wake up in the morning every day wheezing, get out of breath really easily... I used to go jogging and i could jog for 30min before having to stop but now, after 3 months of quitting smoking, i can't jog for more than 5min! I just can't breath at all. The air goes out easily but when i try to get air in i just can't. It feels like i have something inside blocking the air and i start wheezing. What can be the cause of it?
Oh and even though I've stopped smoking my boyfriend hasn't and so he smokes a lot inside the house with the windows closed...
Can it be asthma? I know i have sinusitis but i never had this kind of problems before when i was smoking.
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replied April 29th, 2012
Smoking is one of the leading causes of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It can cause mucus buildup and asthma like symptoms. I would get with your doctor before you have a bad "attack" and talk with him about this. Its not somethng to play with. Theres a really simple test they can do called a spirometry where you just breathe into a mouthpiece and the computer collects data. This can determine and rule out asthma and COPD. Hope you get it figured out!
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replied May 12th, 2012
I have had asthma since i was a baby and practically grew up in the hospital because of it. I started smoking when I was 17 and now at 33 quit about 4 months ago. Since I quit I've noticed my breathing has become worse. I'm curious if i would be better off just to start back? I take my rescue inhaler much more than I used to and it scares me to think I was too late. Is therre any relief to expect in the future?
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