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I think i may have asthma, im not sure though.
When i breathe out to let the excess air out of my lungs, i wheeze, when i breathe in my chest is tight and i have to take short and more frequent breaths in order to breathe properly. Late at night im constantly coughing, i do in the daytime, however it seems worse at night. When i breathe in, sometimes i have strong sharp pains in the areas underneath my right collarbone. Im finding it hard to sleep because of this constant coughing and although im so tired, even when im not coughing i cannot sleep. When im playing with my baby sister i cant even do normal things like dancing for a few minutes without feeling dizzy and very short of breath also going up and down the stairs is a problem. I understand that this may be due to the fact that i smoke, but ive never had this problem before. Ive even cut down to 3 cigarettes per day from 10-20 perday, and after two weeks this doesnt seem to be mking any difference, if anything,i feel worse

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replied November 14th, 2009
Asthma Answer A7895
Hello and welcome to eHealth Forum!

There are two possibilities that you should look at. One is asthma. This can cause phlegm with black particles, cough, wheeze, and breathlessness. The other is smoker’s lungs. This also causes phlegm with black particles. Asthma is an allergic condition and can also happen in response to an allergy to smoke.

Nicotine in smoking causes palpitations and heart disease along with atherosclerosis. This can also cause you to be breathless, dizzy etc.

Since you are having so many symptoms, it would be wise to consult a chest specialist ASAP, maybe immediately show your PCP and get a referral. You need to quit smoking under expert guidance. Hope this helps. Take care!

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