Posted by: Raj Sentoo | 2019/01/16


My wife wakes up every morning with complaints of a tight and sore chest

We live in Hillcrest, Kwazulu Natal, where it is rather humid and mouldy - can this cause my wife to suffer with tightness and soreness on a daily basis, and if so, what remedies can you suggest to alleviate this? She uses an inhaler almost every morning when she wakes up because of the soreness. She said that the pain goes away towards midday, but only slightly. I am a smoker, but always go outside the house to smoke, so as to avoid her inhaling the cigarette smoke. Please help - I have thought of buying a nebulizer but need to do more research before buying an apparatus that will not remedy the problem. Thank You in advance.  Kind Regards

Expert's Reply


Asthma Expert
- 2019/01/22

Firstly, it's unclear how old your wife and what her diagnosis is? Does she have asthma or COPD?  The tightness of the chest would be due to airways disease. If this is asthma, then the prognosis is good and there is a high success rate with optimising her condition such that she can live a normal life with good exercise tolerance. The prognosis with COPD is more guarded. I suggest you see a pulmonologist to work out exactly what she has.
The soreness is not a symptom of asthma or COPD, but could easily be related to the constant and severe coughing. A pulmonologist can also advise on a nebuliser. It is rarely helpful over and above what can be delivered via an inhaler.

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