32, Never had a cough, Lungs of 128-yr-old?

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Hello, I'm 32. I've had shortness of breath and pain when breathing in for a couple weeks. Chest X-ray showed focal airspace disease in a couple areas of one lung. Urgent care Dr suspected pneumonia. No response to antibiotics and steroids. No cough now or before. No fever. Some fatigue. I can walk across any room without being out of breath. But the shortness of breath is definitely an issue I'm feeling.

Now I'm on round 2 of antibiotics, now from regular doctor. No response so far. Pulmonary function test showed lungs of 128-year-old. I smoked for several years and have now quit (like two weeks ago now, because of this). Appt with pulmonologist not for a week.

Do you think this is COPD? Any advice or help?

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    Hi Jan

    I cannot comment on your condition but I know that my husbands pulmonary function test also showed he had the lungs of a post centenarian! When he asked his GP about it he was told it was because the testing machine had not been reset! No stats could relate to the lungs of anyone of that age because they don'the exist! So if you got the info from a print out I wouldn'the worry too much!

    Well done on giving up smoking though!

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    Who made the ridiculous statement that you have the lungs of a 128 year old?  How many 128 year old lungs have they seen?  That's just meaningless rubbish.

    It could well be COPD:  walking across a room without getting breathless is also fairly meaningless, hoiw about walking up stairs or up a hill?

    Some people who are diagnosed with COPD don't realise they've slowly adjusted their exercise levels without realising it.

    If you have viral pneumonia it won't respond to antibiotics because it's caused by a birus.

     

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    Hi Jen,

    It could well be COPD but wait until you have seen the Pulmonologist. Did they give you the readings e.g FEV1?

    32 is very early to be diagnosed with COPD as the majority of people are only diagonosed when the effects are felt which is usually 50+ with 20 or more years of smoking.

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    Do you live somewhere where you're breathing in traffic fumes? Since being diagnosed with lung problems I am always conscious of exhaust fumes from vehicles. I wear a mask if I go to London (don't care what I look like). I suggest you read up about vehicle emissions as it's horrific. Just a thought - maybe you'd be better nearer the coast if it was possible for you of course. Somebody I know moved from London to the sea and said her lungs greatly improved. There are many exercises which can help with breathing. I really hope things improve for you.
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    Hi it is possible this is copd but you are very young to be diagnosed with this as generally most people with it are in their 40's or older.   It still could be that of course but it is rare in someone your age.  

    If you are diagnosed with it you should be offered an alpha 1 deficiency test which is genetic.  But this is quite rare so please try not to worry about it.   Easier said than done I know. 

    Good luck and let us know what happens please.    Bev x

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    hi jen just found this thread googling my symptoms i have the same ones as you but for about 6 weeks now. i am also 32. i am very scared as was turned away from emergency but i am having trouble talking, walking and breathing in general. others don't seem to notice but i find it really hard to get the air together to string a sentence together. does anyone on here know what to do to relieve the shortness of breath - if it is possible? i see a specialist tomorrow but i can't go on like this i can't breathe.
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      If it's a pulmonary specialist you're seeing you'll get better answers there than from this forum:  your symptoms could be COPD or they could be caused by anxiety.  I hope you find out soon what's going on and get the appropriate treatment

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