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How Thyroid Dysfunction Can Cause Breathing Problems

Thyroid Dysfunction Can Cause Breathing Problems

The thyroid is most known for its influence over the metabolism and subsequently energy level, weight regulation and mental focus. However, many are not aware that thyroid dysfunction and suboptimal hormone levels can affect other aspects of health.

Because every tissue in the body has thyroid receptors, thyroid hormones can impact a wide array of bodily functions. A lesser known symptom of hypothyroidism is labored breathing and poor respiration. People may also know this as air hunger or dyspnea.

Understanding how the thyroid influences respiratory ability and what breathing difficulties are associated with thyroid dysfunction may improve diagnosis and treatment of existing or future breathing issues.

Is My Thyroid the Problem?

There are multiple documented medical studies that contain reports of hypothyroid patients, or those with thyroid hormone resistance, experiencing breathing difficulties.

Thyroid-related breathing issues may present themselves in a variety of ways. Some patients only develop air hunger after exertion whereas others may have difficulty getting enough air even while at rest.

Shallow breathing from the chest region is also an indicator of greater respiratory dysfunction that is commonly seen among those with air intake difficulties.

The thyroid impacts respiration in multiple ways. Respiratory weakness due to poor thyroid hormone regulation may result in significant air hunger. Ideally the diaphragm does most of the work needed to get air into the lungs. Reduced hormone levels can cause an energy deficiency in the diaphragm making it incredibly difficult for a person to acquire enough air. In this case, the body must rely on other muscle groups and systems to breathe. This is often identified by inward movement of the stomach rather than typical cavity expansion. Instead of opening up and allowing air to enter, this inward action opposes and inhibits the diaphragm’s ability to create a vacuum in the lungs for proper air intake.

Limited thyroid function can also impair phrenic nerve functionality. The phrenic nerve regulates diaphragm contractions, which is responsible for air intake. When not working properly, the phrenic nerve produces a signal that is too weak to trigger appropriate diaphragm contraction, which belabors breathing. Resolving thyroid hormone imbalance may alleviate this issue.

Another aspect of respiration impeded by poor thyroid function is the central drive. The central drive of respiration involves neurological processes that regulate breathing. Many are familiar with the neurological dysfunction associated with hypothyroidism. Similarly, thyroid hormone deficiency can cause neurological issues resulting in decreased air intake and poor respiratory regulation.

Even lower degree hypothyroidism may cause a patient to suffer from breathing issues.

A small study, requiring additional research and a larger test group to validate their findings, investigated the connection between hypothyroidism and respiratory function. Of the ten hypothyroid participants in the study, it was found that two of them had a limited response to hypercapnia. Hypercapnia is the retention of carbon dioxide resulting in an increased concentration in the bloodstream. This can be harmful and usually triggers greater oxygen intake. Interestingly, the two hypothyroid participants affected by hypercapnia did not exhibit the appropriate response of increased respiration to clear the excess carbon dioxide from their system. However, after being treated with thyroid hormones, the patients’ breathing returned to a healthy level.

Respiratory Conditions Associated with Hypothyroidism

In addition to the typical symptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, depression and fatigue (get the full thyroid symptom list here), there is a collection of breathing issues that can be caused by poor thyroid function or reduced hormone levels.

The following conditions have been associated with hypothyroidism:

  • Diaphragm dysfunction
  • Inhibited respiration due to low central nervous system drive
  • Airway obstruction
  • Pleural effusion
  • Sleep apnea

Although there are multiple reasons why these conditions develop, optimizing thyroid levels may provide relief. In a small study composed of hypothyroid patients, it was found that 25 percent of them had sleep apnea. Generally, sleep apnea was exhibited in the older and more obese individuals. The correlation of reduced thyroid function and the occurrence of sleep apnea is something to consider if suffering from breathing difficulties that disrupt sleep. However, it is important to keep in mind that even though hypothyroidism may often cause sleep apnea, not all patients with sleep apnea have thyroid issues. Regardless, if a person is experiencing difficulty breathing it may be beneficial to assess their thyroid function.

The Positive Influence of Thyroid Therapy on Respiration

A 1991 study showed that treating asthmatic children with T3 (the active form of thyroid hormone) proved to be beneficial. Even though the 23 participants were not hypothyroid, the 30-day thyroid treatment provided positive results. The subjective response from the children was an improvement of their overall asthmatic condition and reduced frequency of asthma attacks. Seven of the participants actually remained on the T3 treatments and ceased their typical anti-asthmatic medication. The researchers reported that all participants responded well to T3 treatment and did not experience any negative side effects.

Those with a breathing condition may benefit more from thyroid replacement therapy than traditional inhalant treatments. Typical inhalants for asthma and other respiratory conditions stimulate beta2-adrenergic receptors located in the bronchial tubes. This triggers dilation of the tubes that compresses blood vessels thereby drying mucous secretions. This is the common mechanism used to alleviate asthmatic issues such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. Interestingly, thyroid hormone therapy increases the prevalence of beta2-adrenergic receptors in the bronchial tubes, which can improve the efficacy of inhalants and possibly get a person off of traditional respiratory treatments.

Breathe Easy by Supporting Your Thyroid

If you are suffering from breathing issues such as air hunger, asthma or even sleep apnea, they may be caused by thyroid dysfunction. If you are already being treated for a thyroid condition, speak with a physician about optimizing your treatment. If not, consider having your thyroid tested – click here for a printable lab slip.

Keep in mind that thyroid testing standards frequently overlook thyroid deficiency. TSH testing alone is not adequate to identify thyroid dysfunction. It is best to pursue a comprehensive thyroid test that includes TSH, Free T4, Free T3, T3 uptake and thyroid antibodies to uncover any possible thyroid-related contributors to breathing difficulties.

Appropriately supporting the thyroid may be the best method for restoring respiration.

Resources

1. http://www.tpauk.com/main/article/air-hunger-to-death-breathing-problems-of-hypothyroid-patients/

2. https://thyroidnation.com/thyroid-adrenal-shallow-breathing/

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Judy
Judy
2 years ago

Why do I get low thyroid symptoms whenever my doctor has me lower my Thyroid Hormone dosage (this is because my TSH is under 0.03)? I seem to function much better (TSH level @ .03 or lower) when my thyroid dosage is increased – but – my TSH plummets down. My thyroid antibodies are negative. My Free T4 & Free T3 are normal ranges.

Naomi Parker
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Hello Judy,
It seems as though when your doctor lowers your thyroid dose you are not getting enough. That is why you feel better when you are on the higher dose. The TSH will be lower because you are on thyroid replacement therapy, but it’s important to remember that the TSH is not a good indication of thyroid function. It seems as though your physician is basing his dosing entirely on the TSH level instead of considering your symptoms as well.

That’s great about the T4 and T3 levels, however, it’s important to remember that “normal” isn’t always optimal. Additionally, have you had your RT3 checked?

I hope this information helps!

Sincerely,
Naomi

Margaret
Margaret
1 year ago
Reply to  Naomi Parker

I have this same problem, I had to reduce my thyroid meds, I,m hypo, but in the hot summer it goes hyper, and now the hot weather is gone is Im back to hypo and have the breathing issue, its awful, I am increasing my does back to 100 mcg. my doctor knows I do that and he said its ok.

Doreen
Doreen
2 years ago

How do I find a dr that understands this? My dr just dropped my dosage and all my symptoms are coming back. All because he said my tsh was too low. The air hunger is the worst. I live in ny on long Island

Nico
Nico
9 months ago
Reply to  Doreen

Endocrinologist

Julie Field
Julie Field
2 years ago

I have just been told that my thyroid is failing/dying. My GP says my antibodies are very raised, thyroid function 1.4 (don’t understand this) won’t increase my Levothyroxine (currently 175mcg) but I have such trouble managing my weight, sleep apnea, brain fog etc. I suffer with short breath especially with exercise and very shallow breathing.
Just had full test waiting for results now.

Jacquelyn Henderson
Jacquelyn Henderson
1 year ago
Reply to  Julie Field

JULIE MY MOTHER WAS TAKING LEVOTHYROXINE FOR YEARS AND HER THYROID GLAND TURNED TO MUSH! SHE WAS THEN DIAGNOSED WITH hASHIMOTOS, AND HER THYROID MED WAS SWITCHED TO nature throid. after suffering for 15 years she has been on nature throid for just under 2 months and and already has noticed the memory improve, brain fog is gone, she was extremely fatigued, which is going away now. thanks to a switch in meds, and getting the correct blood work done, she found out she had hashimotos which is an auto immune disease that attacked her thyroid gland! thanks to a functional medical clinic she got answers as to why she felt horrible.

Patricia
Patricia
2 years ago

Hi I have under active thyroid for the last few years. I am on 100gm of Eltroxin but it doesn’t seem to touch it. I still have all the symptoms but according to my doctor I am at acceptable levels. Last year I was diagnosed as asthmatic even though I told her it’s not asthma. This article describes the air hunger I have all the time some days worse than others. Why don’t doctors listen to the patient.??

Margaret
Margaret
2 years ago

Hi
I’m in Canada and I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem a year ago. My TSH is 1.78 and my Dr. feels it’s optimum so he won’t increase my dosage of 50mcg of Synthroid and says my problem isn’t my thyroid.He feels my problems could be a sleep issue. I am also waiting to see a GI for an endoscopy for problems swallowing and a chronic cough. How do I get him to listen to me?

Sue
Sue
2 years ago

I have Hashimoto’s and have been on Synthroid for most of my life but I am now concerned as to whether I should stay on it or try Tirosint or go back to Naturethroid because I am experiencing air hunger and not sure if caused by Synthroid. I am within ranges for TSH, T3, and Free T3 so my dr feels I should stay on Synthroid. I tried Naturethroid and did not feel any better. I also have osteoarthritis and had one knee replacement and now may need another one and have read that Synthroid can cause Osteoarthritis among air hunger, etc. Can you please give me advice on this and do you know of any website I can go to to find a naturapathic or good dr in Los Angeles, Ca area who could maybe help me please. Thank you for any advice.

Sophia P.
Sophia P.
1 year ago
Reply to  Sue

Hi Sue! Heard really great things about Dr. Theodore Friedman in the Los Angeles area. Good luck!

Pamela Wayans
Pamela Wayans
2 years ago

I have had ASTHMA my whole life but about 7 years ago my asthma got so bad and was diagnosed of EMPHYSEMA/COPD which was most likely due to the asthma. I was on double antibiotics and steroids, still didn’t feel any better. My lungs were constantly wheezing in all four chambers, i already used Advair, Spiriva, and Albuterol in my nebulizer, they just didn’t do much. It was hell for me due to the severe difficulty breathing. April 2016 my sister in-law told us about Rich Herbs Foundation where she ordered herbs that effectively treated her arthritis. We ordered their COPD HERBAL TREATMENT after reading alot of positive reviews from other patients, i am happy to report the COPD HERBAL TREATMENT worked very effective for my lungs condition. My quality of life has greatly improved and every one of my symptoms including difficulty breathing, respiratory infections, chronic cough and wheezing has simply stopped. Visit ww w. richherbsfoundation. c om. I will be 52 soon and have never been healthier

Elizabeth Bailey
Elizabeth Bailey
2 years ago

I had been hospitalized for 4 years in a row all in the same month march, for shortness of breath. They thought it was asthma. The last time which was this year, they hospitalized me for a week. Which they ran lots of test and determined I have COPD. The symptoms I had were shortness of breath, tired, and coughing.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. I was seeking something to help regain my life to be able to do things for myself. Through my primary physician i learnt about a COPD disease herbal formula from NATURAL HERBAL GARDENS and their success rate with the treatment, i immediately started on the COPD disease herbal protocol, I am glad to report the herbal formula worked effectively and there was no side effects, I had a total decline in symptoms, the Chest tightness, shortness of breath and other symptoms stopped, my COPD disease is totally REVERSED, Here is a link to the website we ordered from ww w.naturalherbalgardens.c om This Herbal Protocol is Incredible!!

Carolyn Reed
Carolyn Reed
1 year ago

Tell your Dr. you want to try Breo ellipta and Incruse ellipta together. If you try this you will be so happy. Your Dr. may not want you to try this but he is not the one with breathing problems.

Suzanne Root
Suzanne Root
1 year ago

I would also recommend testing reverse t3

Debra Barnett
Debra Barnett
1 year ago

Hi I have been suffering from shortness of breath since 2006 . I have a low thyroid and taking medication . I have had all lung tests and scans of my lungs and all is clear. This SOB is affecting my life . It comes and goes but when it is here I can’t function , I cant swim or go to the gym or socialise as I can’t breath please help.
Thank you

Tabitha
Tabitha
1 year ago
Reply to  Debra Barnett

I have the same problem can’t breathe can’t tall can’t walk some days are good and some are just unbearable have you had any Improvement or have a update I thought I was crazy until I seen your comment plz let me know if you have. Any update thanks

cynthia soper
cynthia soper
1 year ago
Reply to  Debra Barnett

I have the same problem. No one has ever told me that it is related to a hypothyroid problem.

John Lehnertz
John Lehnertz
1 year ago

At age 29 I was diagnosed with Bronchitis. At that time I had been a smoker for at least for 2 year. My doctor admonished me that if I didn’t quit, the bronchitis could turn into COPD. I had not quit and by the time I was 41, I was diagnosed of COPD. I had severe shortness of breath after energetic activity; even just climbing stairs, wheezing, fatigue and tightness of the chest. I was on Advair and albuteral inhaler. I even used Prima Tene Mist inhaler, but nothing really made me feel better. About two years ago, I began to do a lot of research and learnt about a COPD TREATMENT from Rich Herbs Foundation and their success rate with the treatment,i immediately started on the treatment, i started experience reduction/decline in major symptoms, including the shortness of breath, fatigue, cough and wheezing. Visit RHF page ww w. richherbsfoundation. c om. Its been over 1 years since treatment, i feel great and breath well

Barbaraa Fenocchi
Barbaraa Fenocchi
1 year ago

I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. I had been a heavy smoker, my symptoms started out with dry cough and shortness of breath, i ended up in the hospital, on a ventilator. I should have known it was coming, but like most smokers, thought it would never happen to me. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catching breath. Last year, i started on a natural COPD Herbal therapy from Natural Herbal Gardens, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I breath very much better now, no case of shortness of breath or chest tightness since treatment. Visit Natural Herbal Gardens website ww w. naturalherbalgardens. com. This COPD treatment is a miracle!!

Nancy Fritz
1 year ago

I believe my hypothyroid disease is causing my lung function ability.
I can’t get anyone to believe me. My drs fall back on my bloodwork for my disease is in normal range. They attributed it to an autoimmune disease not yet diagnosed. Now to a form of interstitial lung disease. I still believe I’ve been misdiagnosed again. How can I get someone to at least investigate further?

Kimberly Thibaut
Kimberly Thibaut
1 year ago

I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. I had been a heavy smoker, my symptoms started out with dry cough and shortness of breath, i ended up in the hospital, on a ventilator. I should have known it was coming, but like most smokers, thought it would never happen to me. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catching breath. Last year, i started on a natural COPD Herbal therapy from Organic Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I breath very much better now, no case of shortness of breath or chest tightness since treatment. Visit Organic Herbal Clinic website http://www.organicherbalclinic.com This COPD treatment is a miracle!!

kIMBERLY
kIMBERLY
1 year ago

I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. I had been a heavy smoker, my symptoms started out with dry cough and shortness of breath, i ended up in the hospital, on a ventilator. I should have known it was coming, but like most smokers, thought it would never happen to me. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catching breath. Last year, i started on a natural COPD Herbal therapy from Organic Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I breath very much better now, no case of shortness of breath or chest tightness since treatment. Visit Organic Herbal Clinic website w ww .organicherbalclinic. c om. This COPD treatment is a miracle!!

Carolyn Reed
Carolyn Reed
1 year ago

I am told that I have COPD three years ago. My medication for that is Breo and Incruse they are both are inhailed once a day. A year ago I was told that I have Hypothyroidism I have a hard time even changing my bed or going to the store. I’m wondering now if I have both. Maybe just the Hypothroidism causeing my breathing problems.

Janet Linnekin
Janet Linnekin
1 year ago

I was introduced to RICH HERBS FOUNDATION (ww w. richherbsfoundation. c om) and their successful COPD Herbal Formula protocol 10 months ago. Since my COPD diagnosis 7 years ago, i have tried several medications and inhalers, nothing gave me better relief from the severe breathlessness and constant coughing till i started on this COPD Herbal Protocol from RHF. Its been 3 months since i completed the treatment protocol, all my symptoms are gone and i feel just alive again.

derek rooney
derek rooney
1 year ago

I had COPD for 9 years. My first symptoms were dry cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. My first chest x-ray only showed bronchitis. Finally I went to a pulmonologist and was diagnosed with COPD.i have used all the medication yet they don’t work, last year December I was told by a formal emphysema patient to use  https://totalcureherbalfou5.wixsite.com/herbal/contact herbal treatment which I really did,i was surprise the herbal products effectively get rid of my COPD totally. When you get where you cannot breathe it may be too late. Good luck to each and every one that will be trying their herbal treatment .

Sherry
Sherry
1 year ago

I have had asthma my whole life but about 5 years ago my asthma got so bad and I was diagnosed with emphysema/COPD which was most likely due to the asthma. I was on double antibiotics and steroids, still didn’t feel any better. I already used Advair, Spiriva, and albuterol in my nebulizer, they just didn’t do much. It was awful for me due to the difficulty in breathing, nothing gave me better relief from the severe breathlessness and Wheezing till i started on this COPD Herbal from Organic Herbal Clinic ( w ww.organicherbalclinic.c om )Its been 4 months since i completed the Emphysema Herbal Formula, all my symptoms are gone including constant coughing, i breath very much easier and  can never be thankful enough to nature

felix lina
felix lina
1 year ago
Reply to  Sherry

I am not sure of the cause of COPD emphysema in my case. I smoked pack a day for 12 or 13 years, but quit 40 years ago. I have been an outdoor person all my adult life. Coughing started last summer producing thick mucus, greenish tint to clear. I tried prednisone and antibiotics, but no change. X-rays are negative, heart lungs and blood and serum chemistries all are normal. I have lung calcification from childhood bout with histoplasmosis. I am 75 years old and retired.My current doctor directed me to totalcureherbalfoundation @g mail. com which I purchase the COPD herbal remedies from them ,they are located in Johannesburg, the herbal treatment has effectively reduce all my symptoms totally, am waiting to complete the 15 weeks usage because they guaranteed me total cure.

felix lina
felix lina
1 year ago

I am not sure of the cause of COPD emphysema in my case. I smoked pack a day for 12 or 13 years, but quit 40 years ago. I have been an outdoor person all my adult life. Coughing started last summer producing thick mucus, greenish tint to clear. I tried prednisone and antibiotics, but no change. X-rays are negative, heart lungs and blood and serum chemistries all are normal. I have lung calcification from childhood bout with histoplasmosis. I am 75 years old and retired.My current doctor directed me to totalcureherbsfoundation .c om which I purchase the COPD herbal remedies from them ,they are located in Johannesburg, the herbal treatment has effectively reduce all my symptoms totally, am waiting to complete the 15 weeks usage because they guaranteed me total cure.

tanya wethered
tanya wethered
9 months ago

When ever I’m hypo or hyper I have Respiratory problems multiple times on prednisone. Sure glad to see that there are studies, now for getting my Dr. to read the studies.

felix lina
felix lina
8 months ago

I am not sure of the cause of COPD emphysema in my case. I smoked pack a day for 12 or 13 years, but quit 40 years ago. I have been an outdoor person all my adult life. Coughing started last summer producing thick mucus, greenish tint to clear. I tried prednisone and antibiotics, but no change. X-rays are negative, heart lungs and blood and serum chemistries all are normal. I have lung calcification from childhood bout with histoplasmosis. I am 75 years old and retired.My current doctor directed me to totalcureherbsfoundation .c om which I purchase the COPD herbal remedies from them ,they are located in Johannesburg, the herbal treatment has effectively reduce all my symptoms totally, am waiting to complete the 15 weeks usage because they guaranteed me total cure.

jason
jason
8 months ago

I have what I can only describe as flare ups that last days or weeks. I’m already on .125 Levothyroxine, have been for at least 2 years now. As I type this I am having only what I can call severe tension. I’m tired, depressed, in a constant panicked state it seems. I can’t stop my eyes from squinting and my fists from clenching and I have one massive rush of this whenever I feel the air-hunger, bending over, climbing stairs, or just an incline. It’s terrifying and I do have a history of depression and anxiety disorder. Last year I could have died because I couldn’t tell the difference right away between a panic attack and what turned out to be a life threatening blood clot in my lung arteries. The good news is is that this air hunger does seem to only happen at its worse when I move and which makes walking the miles I do every week difficult during these flares up as I am in a constant state of shortness of breath as I panic and relax, panic and relax, over and over again for hours straight. By the time its done for the day, I have a headache and my shoulders and neck are in pain. And I always, always, always end up having UNCONTROLLABLE CRYING FITS/BOUTS OF ABSOLUTE TERROR running through me. I have to take anxiety meds to calm down, which sometimes don’t seem to always work. Please help if this sounds familiar. Thank you.

Mary
Mary
5 months ago

Hi, I’ve been having breathing issues for a few years now and I am waiting on results from a pulminary function test…I’m wondering if breathing issues can be the result of being bitten by a tick a while before my breathing difficulties started or more toward thyroid problems…I’m starting to have panic attacks , insomnia , very dry skin and I also have swelling in my legs and issues with the muscles in 1 arm…I’m not quite what’s happening with me but it has me worried…Sincerely ,Mary

PROMISE
PROMISE
5 months ago

I’m back to normal life….Of course you must quit smoking. Start using herbs instead of drugs….do your research. Also read up COPD HERBAL REMEDY from besthealthherbalcentre co m, Couple drops on tongue replaces an inhalers. Asthma too. Read up on this! All lung problems and sleep apnea also. Educate yourself and take your own life back.

Ivanna santino
Ivanna santino
5 months ago

 I’m 59 years old and female. I was diagnosed a couple of years ago with COPD and I was beyond scared! My lung function test indicated 49% capacity. After having had flu a year ago, the shortness of breath, coughing and chest pains continued even after being treated with antibiotics. I’ve been smoking two packs a day for 36 years. Being born without a sternum caused my ribs to be curled in just one inch away from my spine, resulting to underdeveloped lungs. At age 34 I had surgery and it was fixed. Unfortunately my smoking just caused more damage to my already under developed lungs. The problem was having is that I enjoy smoking and don’t want to give up! Have tried twice before and nearly went crazy and don’t want to go through that again. I saw the fear in my husband and children’s eyes when I told them about my condition then they start to find solution on their own to help my condition.I am an 59 now who was diagnose COPD emphysema which I know was from my years of smoking. I started smoking in school when smoking was socially acceptable. I remember when smoking was permitted in hospitals. It was not known then how dangerous cigarettes were for us, and it seemed everybody smoked but i was able to get rid of my COPD lung condition through the help of total cure herbal foundation my husband bought, totalcureherbsfoundation .c om has the right herbal formula to help you get rid and repair any lung conditions and cure you totally with their natural organic herbs,it class products at affordable prices because how awful it is with this lung dictions . I wish anybody who starts smoking at a young age would realize what will eventually happen to their bodies if they continue that vile habit throughout their life, certainly total cure herbs is the formula to get over Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Sandra Marcinek
Sandra Marcinek
5 months ago

I have found this to be very helpful. Thank you. I started out with having breathing problems and was put on oxygen. I had requested my Thyroid to be looked at a few times, TSH came back ok, until recently, TSH is now low, A Cat scan has been done and I have a lump on my thyroid. Meanwhile still on oxygen and being treated for COPD (that was their only main focus) No other testing was done, until recently

Ivanna santino
Ivanna santino
4 months ago

I’m 59 years old and female. I was diagnosed a couple of months ago with COPD and I was beyond scared! My lung function test indicated 49% capacity. After having had flu a year ago, the shortness of breath, coughing and chest pains continued even after being treated with antibiotics. I’ve been smoking two packs a day for 36 years. Being born without a sternum caused my ribs to be curled in just one inch away from my spine, resulting to underdeveloped lungs. At age 34 I had surgery and it was fixed. Unfortunately my smoking just caused more damage to my already under developed lungs. The problem was having is that I enjoy smoking and don’t want to give up! Have tried twice before and nearly went crazy and don’t want to go through that again. I saw the fear in my husband and children’s eyes when I told them about my condition then they start to find solution on their own to help my condition.I am an 59 now who was diagnose COPD emphysema which I know was from my years of smoking. I started smoking in school when smoking was socially acceptable. I remember when smoking was permitted in hospitals. It was not known then how dangerous cigarettes were for us, and it seemed everybody smoked but i was able to get rid of my Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ) condition through the help of total cure herbal foundation my husband bought,  https://totalcureherbalfoundation.blogspot.com/2020/03/total-cure-herbal-foundation.html#comment-form has the right herbal formula to help you get rid and repair any lung conditions and cure you totally with their natural organic herbs. I wish anybody who starts smoking at a young age would realize what will eventually happen to their bodies if they continue that vile habit throughout their life.

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