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#1 bchris02

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 03:10 PM

I am 31 years old and smoked around a pack-a-day off and on for eight years (probably a total of 5-6 years of smoking once I figure in various quit attempts over the past eight years).  I am currently 25 days smoke free.  Conventional wisdom says I am not old enough nor do I have enough pack-years under my belt to be at a super-high risk but I am still concerned.  

 

However, I've had this dull ache in my chest for a while, around the pectoral area on my left side that comes and goes. It's not associated with deep breathing of coughing. When smoking, I would say on a pain scale it was about a 1 to 2 out of 10.  Since quitting smoking, it's been reduced to more of a 0.5 out of 10.  I can barely feel it but its still there.  The arrival of this ache was one of my primary motivators to quit smoking.

 
I am wondering if I really need to be worried.  Could it also either be a pulled muscle or acid reflux? The thing about most lung cancer symptoms, except for the coughing up blood, is there is so many other things they could be. I have a bad habit of eating too late at night and having to get up and take antacids early in the morning.  What are your thoughts?


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 03:28 PM

   You should go to your doctor and get a check up. Diagnosing someone over the internet, especially when they're not qualified is sketchy at best. 

 

   Your symptoms could be a number of things from quitting smoking, to asthma, to bronchitis, to acid reflux, etc.

 

The best thing to do is see your doctor and get a real face to face diagnosis 


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 03:35 PM

 

I am 31 years old and smoked around a pack-a-day off and on for eight years (probably a total of 5-6 years of smoking once I figure in various quit attempts over the past eight years).  I am currently 25 days smoke free.  Conventional wisdom says I am not old enough nor do I have enough pack-years under my belt to be at a super-high risk but I am still concerned.  

 

However, I've had this dull ache in my chest for a while, around the pectoral area on my left side that comes and goes. It's not associated with deep breathing of coughing. When smoking, I would say on a pain scale it was about a 1 to 2 out of 10.  Since quitting smoking, it's been reduced to more of a 0.5 out of 10.  I can barely feel it but its still there.  The arrival of this ache was one of my primary motivators to quit smoking.

 
I am wondering if I really need to be worried.  Could it also either be a pulled muscle or acid reflux? The thing about most lung cancer symptoms, except for the coughing up blood, is there is so many other things they could be. I have a bad habit of eating too late at night and having to get up and take antacids early in the morning.  What are your thoughts?

 

To answer your question in the thread title, as a lung cancer patient, I think you can rest assured that whatever your pain is, it isn't lung cancer, Chris. 

 

I say that because:

 

1.  If it were, your symptom wouldn't haven gotten less since you quit smoking.  Cancer doesn't stop.

2.  Very unlikely that your "lung pain" is caused by cancer.

 

I have had a proven cancer, with needle biopsy, and haven't had any pain whatsoever before during or after treatment, other than a sting of the anesthetic on my skin before they inserted a needle into my lung, and the  minor pain of some air trapped between my lung and outside (pleuritic pain) afterward.

 

It sounds to me like you might have hit the nail on the head with late eating and possible acid reflux.

 

I am not a doctor, so can only speak from my personal experience and what I've read of other's experiences.  Lung cancer pain usually involves the metastases, to bones etc., not the actual lungs themselves.

 

That all said, it can always be something serious.  There are many illnesses, smoking-related and non-smoking related, that can affect the chest area and be very serious.

 

Any time  you're concerned, the one to ask is your doc.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 03:47 PM

To echo what Marcie said, neither my father nor sister had pain in their chests when diagnosed.

Please see a doctor to alleviate your concerns and find the source of your problem.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:01 PM

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Your obviously very worried about this issue so please see your doctor asap.

Self diagnosis will just cause you more worry.
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:36 PM

   You should go to your doctor and get a check up. Diagnosing someone over the internet, especially when they're not qualified is sketchy at best. 

 

   Your symptoms could be a number of things from quitting smoking, to asthma, to bronchitis, to acid reflux, etc.

 

The best thing to do is see your doctor and get a real face to face diagnosis 

I agree.

 

If your goal is to live as long as you can, you should always have a doctor diagnose you as soon as possible. Get diagnosed early.

 

Since you have acid reflux and are a smoker, your doctor might want to do an endoscopy. I had a friend die of esophageal cancer from this combination.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 10:06 PM

You need to get to the doctor, BC! If for no other reason than to alleviate the worry in your mind for good or ill. The stress of worry does your body and your mind no favors. Make an appointment and go this week! Let us know how it goes. Hoping all is fine!


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:38 PM

Anytime you have doubts if, or if not? you must go to a doctor and clear things up. No body needs the additional stress ! 


 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:23 AM

over 53 years smoking I had every conceivable pain here and there.

 

all these people are telling it right.  

 

Leave diagnosis to the experts.

 

You could probably talk yourself into believing you have one day to live

 

Trouble is, it might even work!


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 01:27 AM

Hi Mike! It's wonderful to see you posting. There is a thread with your name on it in Socialising xx


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 01:27 AM

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