Phlegm in the morning / tightness in lungs

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   Posted 4/23/2007 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Im a female, 28 years old and started taking atenolol 25mg in january 2007 due to irregular heartbeats. After one month, I had been feeling tightness on my lung area most expecially whenever i drive. On March 14, 2007, I got diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder ( I had numbness on my left cheek that went away after 10 or 15 mins). After two weeks from first attack, the attack became very frequent (includes tingling and numbness on my left arm, dizziness, sweating on my hands and feet, shaking and feeling that my heart is racing). I was prescribed Lexapro 10mg for my anxiety and still continue taking it with my regular dosage of atenolol. I am still feeling phlegm in the morning but there is no cough. I only cough voluntarily due the feeling of tightness and phlegm building up on my throat. Anybody can tell me what this phlegm and tightness on my lungs may be? Is it anyway related to the anxiety I am going through? Is it a side effect from atenolol? Please help! Thank you so much!!!

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   Posted 4/23/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   

  Hi jds, and wecome to HW

 A lot of ppl with anxiety get that feeling of tightness in there chest along with the other symptoms you said I my self I'm on Lexapro 20mgs and get that dry throat feeling with phlegm to, I just thing that it's a part of this anxiety crud we got.

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   Posted 4/23/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the phlegm thing. This is disgusting, but a few months ago it began pretty suddenly. Every morning I'd get up and hock a disgusting loogie. It was like it built up in my throat overnight just waiting to get spit out. I guess we should be thankful for this...we could swallow it in our sleep (could cause nausea and even a vomit) or it could drift back down into the lungs causing problems.

Do you smoke? I attribute my problem to smoking and not anxiety. I also get the tightness in the chest, but attribute that to the smoking, too. It could be anxiety, though, or a combination.

I told my doctor about the sudden loogy issue and he didn't seem concerned. Took an x-ray and listened to me through the stethoscope, said I was fine (for a smoker).

But it could be lots of stuff: anxiety, air pollution, allergens or other particulate matter in the air...who knows. Have it checked out if it worries you.

For side-effect information look up "Physician's Desk Reference" in Google. The company who publishes it offers one for doctors ($$$), and another that's for patients (free).

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   Posted 4/23/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the advices!

No, I dont smoke and never had a history of smoking.

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