• 5 months ago

    Wheezing wheezing my lungs!

    Please help!

    I'm 26 and I've smoked for 6 years. It's been on and off and I averaged about 5 cigarettes a day.

    About 2-1/2 months ago, I came down with a really bad respiratory infection with wheezing when I exhaled sharply. My Doctor prescribed prednisone and albuterol to help. I was hacking out green phlegm constantly for about 2 weeks. The infection cleared up but the wheezing has remained since and it's been 2-1/2 months now.
    Sometimes in the morning, I will cough out some grayish phlegm, sometimes it will appear greenish. I can still hear 'wheezing' when I exhale sharply. I also feel the need to clear my throat a few times throughout the day and when I try spitting out, it will appear clear with some white in it.
    I returned to my doctor three weeks ago and she said it can take longer for smokers to recover but how long is longer? She prescribed more prednisone from that visit.
    I haven't touched a cigarette since the infection and I don't intend to anymore.
    I'm terrified right now after reading about chronic bronchitis and COPD. Please, what are your thoughts on this? I'm freaking out!

Responses

  • 3 months ago

    RE: Wheezing wheezing my lungs!

    Sometimes these chest infections take a long time to clear up. Took one of my friends the better part of a YEAR for it clear completely. See a pulminologist if it continues. Sorry to tell you though, smoking is only going to excerbate the problem. Also to smoke when your lungs/chest is in a really compromised state is really not smart. I highly suggest you get on the patch and hang up this habit for good. Well wishes.