I'll skip straight to the point and keep this post brief and detail oriented. I'm looking for some help with my chronic physical pain.
Brief Physical Bio:
I'm 26, average weight and height, smoker of 10 years (approximately 15 cigarettes a day for the past 4 years.) Don't drink or use drugs. Mildly physically active.
Tests done: Regular check ups, Chest X-rays (annually the past 3 years (Results, "Within Normal Limits")
Summary of symptoms: Upon waking, when I begin breathing I feel resistance as though my lung capacity is unwilling to accept an average breath of air. I forcefully inhale a deep breath to expand my lungs (Very painful accompanied by a creaking or purring of the chest) at which point there is a sharp pain within my chest. This is followed by a bout of sharp coughing and slow controlled deep breaths. (lasting 4 to 5 minutes) to regain a healthy, comfortable sensation while breathing normally. About 60 seconds later I resume my day symptomless.
Frequency of symptoms: 2-3 mornings a week for the past 4 years. (22-26 years old) Sleeping in an elevated position seems to help reduce frequency of occurrences.
If anyone has any idea of what this may be or any information on what tests may help besides another chest xray please don't hesitate to comment. Thanks for taking the time to review my situation!