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Can't get a full breath, right shoulder pain, headache

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  • Posted By: Klavins1
  • June 6, 2009
  • 00:58 PM

I am a 42 yr old female. I'm a smoker and heart disease runs in my family. For the past 2-3 months, I've felt like I can't get a full breath of air. In the past 2 weeks, I now have pain in my upper right back (shoulder area) that sometimes radiates to the front. In addition, everyday for the past 2 weeks, I had a dull pain in the back of my head (exact same place). I was at the dr about a month ago with a sinus infection, and the dr said my lungs sounded horrible, but did not do an XRay - just some antibiotics and sent me home (even though the breathing difficulties had been occurring LONG before I had the sinus infection). Should I go back and insist on an XRay?

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  • Yes, you should certainly go back. It's been awhile since your last visit and with no follow up and now all this ... it's time to be seen; your doctor will know best what to do next, but I do suspect he/she may desire a chest x-ray ... it certainly won't hurt to mention it. If you don't get help or meet with an attitude of indifference due to the smoking ... go elsewhere. Some providers understand, some don't. Most importantly, stop smoking. I know it sounds impossible ... and may feel far too hard, as it most certainly was for me. However, you have a history of heart disease and at 42, it's time to quit! (I'm 43, BTW; and just quit two months ago ... perfect, I am NOT!) Also, women are found to have additional problems consequential to smoking in addition to what you mention. Sorry ... I know it stinks to hear that, I always hated it; so please don't take me to imply myself as a "lecturer/reformed smoker" or similar; quite the opposite ... God did not appoint me to judge any other ... nor any other to judge me; hence ... when others did similar to me, it actually had the OPPOSITE effect, as I don't take advice well from others that self-delude themselves by placing them in a position as though they are "superior, above, better" or similar, to others that happen to smoke ... and suffer from this horrific addiction, of which others cannot relate (not even other smokers, being this is an individual thing ... our bodies all being different). Hence, I would light up! Point being ... I ask that you make the decision to ignore others that may post similar (as I've seen on the boards) ... even former smokers; as they speak from ignorance based on their own bodies and particular individual experiences. However, I must say ... each and every person CAN quit if they/he/she does, in fact, have and maintain the sincere desire. It is a choice, simple ... but not easy. I've heard nicotine addiction, for some, is as powerful an addiction as that of heroine! I happen to believe it as well. Yes, I'd get examined. Also, speak to your doctor about what kind of options may be available to help you to quit ... further explaining the power the nicotine possesses, and the lack of understanding by the majority of the population that, in fact, keeps people from quitting due to the shame others "oh so caringly" (but so see-through) instill ... only serving to further bring on the urge to smoke one and blow it in their face, to boot!! LOL ... seriously though ... do think it over, plan, and do it. If I can ... anybody can! :)
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