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I got sick last April, 2020 very suddenly. It started with dry cough, some regurgitation/reflux and then I couldn't breath very badly for two weeks. I felt mildly better for a day, then the breathing difficulties came back and have come and gone to varying degrees since between noticeable but manageable, to incapacitating. I have been through the testing ringer. I was diagnosed with mild GERD and Hiatus Hernia 3cm. I quickly went from 155 lbs to 123. I wasn't big to begin with. My FEV scores were pretty good and improved between May 2020 and late 2020 and I tested negative for Asthma in a methacoline challenge (to test for Asthma), to the point where my pulmonologist finally said he doesn't think there is a pulmonary issue.
However, afterwards a rheumatologist ordered a High Res CT looking for early stage IPF and it came back that my lungs are hyper-inflated. A thoracic surgeon I was seeing to discuss hernia mentioned it indicates mild COPD.
I don't feel great 7 days a week with my breathing, but on the bad days, there is a stinging feeling when I breath in.
Not looking for diagnosis, but all this data is weird; sudden onset, no problems prior, a normal PF Test for my age (49). But the symptoms are gruesome and chronic and the hyperinflation and difficulties breathing weekly for a year just doesn't seem normal.
Just wondering if this is in any way similar to anyone's experiences here with COPD? Can COPD start so rapidly? Does anyone have experience with problems breathing almost daily, yet have normal PF tests? I am very confused and as a primary care taker and 49 year old single father of young girl, I am also worried.
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