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I am 49 years old, was asthmatic as a child ( but thought I had 'grown out of it') and throughout my life have had two periods of smoking - probably around 10 per day for approx 2 years each time. I do not smoke now. I have recently had a long irritable cough which lasted for months.. no mucus. I was given a spirometer test and the nurse said that it showed early COPD. However, even though the nurse said that the machine was infallible, due to my lifestyle factors & age (I presume)
the nurse referred the results to my GP who overturned the results and said that I have asthma not COPD. I have a steroid and ventolin inhaler which I only use when needed (before exercise). I am extremely worried that I do have COPD .. I am incredibly unfit and become breathless just walking up a slight hill - which two years ago wouldn't affect me. However, after using the inhalers everyday for a few weeks, I no longer have the cough. I rarely exercise so wonder if my breathlessness is caused by being so unfit. Should I ask for another opinion as to whether I have COPD or asthma? Is there anything I can do to delay the onset of COPD - IF I have it? If I have COPD should I be doing anything to help my condition ? I am worried that being treated as an asthmatic rather than having COPD (if I have it) will have negative long-term effects, any advice please?
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