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A few months ago and out of the blue, I suddenly found myself having to take frequent deep breaths to satisfy my breathing - like you would do if you hyperventilated but only every minute or so. My job is quite physically demanding (network technician) and I do a lot of walking, crawling, carrying, climbing, stairs - you get the idea, yet my air hunger(?) doesn't seem to get any worse when I am doing strenuous activities. Same is true for when I get on my treadmill or recumbent exercise bike for an hour. My breathing just stays poor and I am lightly gasping whenever I am not too involved to notice. Here's the kicker - my doctor gave me 6 weeks worth of samples of Breo Ellipta (it's one of those rotate-the-lid-back dual medication inhalation powder devices for COPD) and the condition stopped after a day or so of taking it and then the symptoms returned a 6 weeks later after the medication had run out. So I'm guessing I have COPD. I stopped smoking (for 30 years and I am now 50) immediately when I was given this medication but I have no coughing or wheezing whatsoever and my chest is as clear as a whistle. This is making me think this would likely be emphysema as opposed to CB as I have no wheezing or mucous issues. But from most of what I am reading, emphysema apparently really affects you when you do physical exercise and I am not seeing any difference to my SOB when I am dripping with sweat from a workout. Is this usual (my SOB makes me feel this has to be beyond the imild stage to COPD). I have a referral for a lung Xray and I should have the money to do this within a week and I guess I can get a referral to a pulmonary specialist once I get this done - but I'm trying to do as much research as possible and of course I'm freaking out a bit (but over the shock stage as I'm pretty sure after being temporarily relieved by the medication, that this is COPD). Thanks!
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