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    Emphysema/COPD

    So I use to vape marijuana until a week ago when I started feeling breathless and have a semi non productive cough at times with some phlegm. Now I feel breathless even at rest. I had a ct scan about 5 years back and it showed nothing to be concerned. But why I kept smoking was a bad idea. Now I feel I need another ct to prove if I am having emphysema or copd. I am scared I just gave myself a death sentence. The symptoms came on gradually for a week before I quit due to the burning that the machine was causing internally.

    What should I do? I read a normal xray wont see it and I have a bad doctor that is difficult to handle. I called seeking a referral to a Respirologist will find out Tuesday if he listens this time. Could I have caused a fatal disease in this 5-8 year time frame? Scared I just lost my whole life. I am 33 years old male.

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    Quote Originally Posted by SEANML View Post
    I have a bad doctor that is difficult to handle.
    Translation: I have a good doctor that recognizes my HA

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    Maybe so but I still think something more serious is happening. Been breathless for a few days (stopped vaping 2 days ago). The breathing started getting weird a few weeks ago. I should have stopped vaping at the first sign of breathing issues. Sorry I want it to be something temporary. I hope your right.

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    This happens to me because of anxiety. Sometimes I don't feel like I have anything to be anxious about, and the breathlessness will be the first sign. Some time later I begin to actually feel worried/anxious about something. Deep breathing exercises usually help a lot to reset my breathing when I feel that way.

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    thank you all for your help and input. It means alot. So worried I really messed up.

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    is it possible that I caused copd/emphysema . I burnt my lungs bad from the vaping. Darn it I should have stopped on the first signs of breathless. Now Im going to die young :( argh why was I so stupid.

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    anyone have opinions? I know this is not a medical place. Just looking for input. Maybe calm me down. I don't think its anxiety. I have a cough to with phlegm. I didn't think emphasema/copd came on acutely (I think thats the word)

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    Honestly, I don't think anything I, or anyone else says will help you. Your health anxiety is spiralling and I really think that is more the problem than your chest.

    Are you on medication? Are you talking to anyone?

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    I take meds for sleep that help with my moods and mental issues.

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    Re: Emphysema/COPD

    I just really need some reassurance. My dr is of no help, he still hast not called me to discuss this issue on hand. I just wonder if I have it or not now.

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