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Posted by: Loren | 2012-03-04

Low Lung Capacity

I am 24 years old. I smoked cigarettes for 8 years. I am now 2 years OFF cigarettes. I obviously picked up a lot of weight. I am 106kg and 1.63 in height. I have mild asthma (chest packs up when I get the flu, but not chronically on any pumps cos I feel it makes my lungs worse). My chest is not weasy or anything, no coughing and no morning coughs, very little phlegm now and then, but I somehow feel like my breathing is slow, like im not breathing to my full lung capacity, when I lay down, then I really struggle to breathe. if for example I should be unconcious, I wouldnt be able to breathe on my own, cos my lungs feel tired and I feel tired. I have stopped breathing in my sleep on 3 occassions, so I only lay on my sides. I dont know if its my lungs or heart or something else like a blocked artery. I need some help with exercises to help bring my lung capacity up and have it working in full force. I am awaiting an operation for my leg so havent walked in 3 months. can do minimal exercise, like crtuches, wheelchair and sitting exercises. when I sing or laugh I get out of breath. Need advice with excersies cos my lungs feel tired and makes me tired. Makes me get heart pulpataions

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Hi Loren
Congratulations on your two years smoke free. I think it's great that you want to start exercising, but you must consult a doctor before starting a programme. The symptoms you describe are very concerning and you need to consult a doctor about them. Please also post this question to CyberDoc or our Cardiologist.

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Posted by: Stop Smoking Advice | 2012-03-06

Hi Loren
Congratulations on your two years smoke free. I think it's great that you want to start exercising, but you must consult a doctor before starting a programme. The symptoms you describe are very concerning and you need to consult a doctor about them. Please also post this question to CyberDoc or our Cardiologist.

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