I am a 28 yr old male who quit smoking 6 months ago after 12 years of steady 1 pack a day intake. I quit because I had a persistant feeling that I could not breath properly, especially at night while lying on my back. I went through the typical period of hacking up phlegm, wich stopped about 4 months ago. Although I feel that I can breath much better than before, my lungs still have a "sore" feeling much of the time, especially after I do cardio excercise (i run for a half hour 3 times a week). I still have a mild cough, wich is only a little productive. I now also find that if I am around smokers or if take a few hits off a joint that drawing air into my lungs is quite difficult, and in addition to the "sore" sensation I feel that I cannot completely fill my lungs. I would see a doctor to get checked out but like many hard working freelancers I do not have health insurance. Anyone have an idea about what this may mean ?
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replied January 31st, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern.
Your symptoms are consistent with bronchitis with associated pleurisy.I would suggest you to consult a pulmonologist to evaluate it as without examination diagnosis is tough.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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