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stiffness in chest

I have a tightness in between my breast bone when breathing in other times I feel like I am wearing a brick when I bend.
I was diagnosed last year when I thought my ribs hurt but xrays showed moderatly hyper-inflated lungs
Have been taking trelegy
Had a breathing test witha respitory therapist and he said he believed I did not have COPD
when not taking the puffer the tightness is more prominent
fortunately I have no shortness of breath
Any one else experience this tightness?
Origially I was told I have emphysema and then that all lung issues fall under COPD

  1. Hi. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and reaching out with your inquiry. It's important to know that you're not alone in experiencing chest tightness. Like you, I'm eager to hear from other community members. I'd like to add that while COPD is one potential cause, there are also several other factors, such as asthma, muscle strains, and anxiety, that can contribute to this sensation. It's promising that you feel better when taking Trelegy, indicating that your doctor may be on the right track.

    After having the breathing test done, were you able to discuss the results with your COPD doctors? They may have a different opinion from the respiratory therapist. Additionally, they may have other ideas or tests that can be ordered to figure out what is going on and determine the best treatments for you. What do you think? Feel free to share any updates or concerns you have. We're here to support you every step of the way. Wishing you all the best. John. community moderator.

    1. Hi I'm so sorry to hear about the tightness in you chest. As John said, this is not uncommon with COPD, but it certainly could be the result of other diagnoses. I would recommend keeping a log of your symptoms and the next time you see your doctor tell him/her exactly when and what you've been experiencing. This may help them to rule out some things and get to the bottom of it. As John mentioned, it's good that you get relief from the medication, so that will tell your doctor something. Kind Regards, Lyn (site moderator, COPD.net)

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