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what are the basic checks to diagnose lug illness,
Are they available in polyclinics ?
Answered by Dr Jessica Tan, Consultant from the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH)
Thank you for your question.
There are many different types of lung diseases and the type of investigation will depend on what the doctor suspects as the underlying disease.
Broadly speaking, common tests ordered to work up lung diseases include a chest radiograph (X-ray) and spirometry (lung function test). In some cases, CT scan of the chest or blood tests will be required.
Chest radiographs are widely available in all polyclinics and spirometry services can be found in selected polyclinics. It is recommended for you to check with your nearest polyclinic with regards to the availability of these tests.
Posted by Thanapala Selvan (Republished by Forum Admin)
I am 37 year old male and have been smoking for the past 13 years and recently I have cut down a lot. About 5 years ago, I started having sore and sharp pain around both chest areas, I feel like the pain is coming from the lungs. It has been getting worst recently.
Few months back I approach a doctor and they ask me to do lung scan and ECG, everything was normal. Also to take note, I have acid reflux and it also getting bad.
Could you please advise if the pain is related to COPD?
Dear Mr Selvan,
Firstly, it is heartening to hear that you have taken the first and most important/ challenging step towards better lung health- cutting down on cigarette smoking. Keep up your good work and hope you can achieve total smoking cessation soon.
Common symptoms of COPD include prolonged cough, phlegm production, shortness of breath (worse with physical activity), wheezing and chest tightness. However, sharp chest pain is unusual of COPD.
Glad to know that you had a normal lung scan and ECG- if the sharp chest pain persists, you should seek medical attention for further evaluation. Acid reflux can cause chest discomfort, however sharp pain is again atypical.
I wish you best of luck in quitting smoking. There are help available in major retail pharmacies and restructured hospitals should you need assistance in smoking cessation.
Posted by Vasuke Tangavelu (Republished by Forum Admin)
Hi, I don’t smoke but my asthma is getting worst. My chest feels heavy tired and there is air when I breathe normal. I can’t walk fast or uphill. My ecg is normal.
What is wrong and what I need to do?
Thank you for reaching out to me.
To clarify, asthma and COPD are 2 separate lung conditions with differing treatment options.
I am concerned that you are feeling unwell. However, it is difficult for me to comment on what the exact cause of your symptoms is based on the history provided in your question. I would recommend that you seek your primary physician’s advice regarding the need for further evaluation and optimization of therapy.