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I fainted getting out of bed about three months ago (don't remember getting out of bed but do remember seeing strange things - a swarm of bees in the corner of the room) sometime before. I was in absolute agony as I'd fallen like a plank and bounced off the wardrobes, rather than collapsing in a heap. Was taken to A&E who did blood tests, an ECG and brain scan which were all ok then sent me home with very strong painkillers. Twelve weeks later I still can't sleep through the night because of pain in my sides. There were three pressure points to begin with but now down to mostly one. Because 12 weeks is a long time for broken ribs, which is what I assumed the problem was, I went to my GP who sent me for an X-ray. He called me 2 days ago to say there were no breaks, but it did look as though I have COPD. I am so confused. I've never smoked (though parents were chain smokers). I don't have a cough, don't wheeze, I walk 30 mins a day, no problem. I do have a history of fainting and I have also recently had some bladder problems. And of course I have this radiating dull pain mostly in my sides. Does this sound like COPD to you. I said I wasn't convinced and wondered whether I've just bruised my lungs from the fall. He is going to go back to the radiologist to ask some more questions and then do spirometer tests, but from what I've read they're not as reliable as X-rays. Any advice greatly appreciated.
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