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Hi everyone, this is my first post here, suspecting copd after another cold virus, I'm coughing up lots of mucus, can't even sleep properly. Now last time this happened I went to the doctor and he gave me amoxycillin and put the oxometer on my finger, made a brief comment about chro nic bronchitis and that was it. Now I realise what he was doing that for, repeated chest infection s = copd, although nothing more was said and that time. I have been relatively well up until now. Although I have the mucus symptoms I don't have any trouble with breathing and regularly do 6 mile walks with no breathing problems. I know I need to get this checked out but keep putting it off, which is stupid. The question is, is it possible to have copd mucus symptoms without breathing problems?

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    Generally COPD patients like myself suffer with both chronic bronchitis(CB) and emphysema. CB symptoms include the narrowing of airways and chronic mucus problems. Medicines can work to relax airways. However prescription medicines for mucus remain non-prescription (and more expensive). I take over the counter Mucinex to relieve my mucus buildup/problems. Recently I discovered the generic and less expensive form of Mucinex called Guaifenesin. I have already ordered a supply through Amazon.com.

    It does not sound like you have emphysema, but a visit with your medical professional is most highly recommended. You may just have a problem that only they would recognise.

    All the Best

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    Yes, up to a point. I had chronic bronchitis for many years before my COPD diagnosis, about 20 years. Had i taken better care ,,, but it was the '80s with all our horrid HMOs and nobody treated us to inhalers without an asthma DX.

    Lung function tests (LFTs), AKA breathing tests or pulmonary function tests (PFTs) or spirometry, are required for a COPD DX. There is no such thing as self-diagnosis, and your doc hasn't mentioned it. Get treatment now, and get treatment every time and you may never progress into VOPD.

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      Guess i was unclear: get treatment for bronchitis every time and maybe you won't progress into COPD.

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    I Have COPD The Only Way To Find Out If You Do Is Have A Palimary Test. By The Time Your Breathing Is Noticably Bad You Are Stage 3 Or 4 (Shortness Of Breath Is Why I Got Checked) Dont Wait Just Go Get Checked The Test Is Very Easy To Take You Will Get The Results Right There. Hope You Dont Have It But Get Checked Good Luck To You. COPD Can Be Mannaged But You Need To Know If Thats What You Have .

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    Not all copd sufferers have mucus problem so it's not a reliable indicator of lung disease. You really need to go back to your doctor and ask for the spirometry test which will determine whether you have it or not. x

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