The New York Times has reported that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease isn't just something that happens to smokers. Any person who suffers from shortness of breath, wheezing, chronic coughing, congestion, or clogging of the airways with mucous should see a doctor.
According to the article, troubled breath is something that Americans tend not to mention enough to their doctors:
“We’re missing people who have real disease, not just people with minor disease,” said Dr. Byron Thomashow, director of the Center for Chest Disease at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital .
If you feel you may be suffering from the above symptoms, don't let a rushed doctor's visit shortchange your opportunity to speak with your MD about your breathing. Center yourself. Align your chakras. Stare him down with your third eye if you have to. And let the doc know what's up.
Dr. Thomashow is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at