I smoked Newports like an idiot off and on, about one pack every two days from from the time I was 23 until I was 29. Well, at 29 I decided to quit because I was smoking so much. I was breathing heavy and having to go to the hospital every two weeks for bronchitis. I quit smoking and I said, “This is it. I'm never being this stupid again!” So now, a year has gone by and I cough all the time and I went to the doctor and he told me it takes nine months for the smoker's cough to go away and I asked him if I had a problem since I'd been coughing for a year since I quit smoking. I asked if I have COPD and he said, "You're not old enough yet for COPD," so I left the doctor and I started having weird symptoms that I thought might be similar to cardiopulmonary or coronary artery disease.
My symptoms include: heavy breathing-very laborious; little red bumps on my chest that go away after two or three days; chest pains sometimes; feeling of having a heavy or congested chest; dizziness; feeling like I have bad circulation; numbness that goes away in my right big toe; aching joints and feeling like I can't bend or be flexible.
The biggest symptom: I feel like I don't have strength or a strong chest feeling. My grip is weak and the more I try to clench a fist, the harder it is. I even start breathing heavier when I am clenching a fist. Is that poor blood flow in my arteries? Am I not getting enough oxygen? God, I'm going nuts.
So I'm wondering: am I just out of shape and need to lose weight? Is that it, or are these symptoms from smoking? I'm trying to do workouts and eat right from now on, hoping all this goes away. Does anyone know about these weird red bumps? Well, in any case, I hope there is a cure for this disease, whether I have it or not.