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I was diagnosed in March 2009 with COPD, My Fev1 is 52% and 62% after ventolin. My Dr told me that its really mild and that by stopping smoking it should not get any worse. This goes against everything I have read online since being diagnosed. I am obsesed with copd at the moment, and have been put on \"happy pills\" every moment of being awake I think copd, I am so scared. I'm only 42 years old. I dont want to die young. I so want to get into my 70s if possible. My Dr tells me that I will providing I never touch another cig again and look after myself. Everything I have read online gives me only 10 - 12years at the most. I dont want to leave this world so soon.
I read that we all lose about 30 ml of lung function each year if we do not smoke, so 52/3 = means I will have a lung function of 22% when I reach 52 years of age. Does anyone know if we do all lose lung function every year, can someone please tell me, if my Dr is right and that there is nothing stopping me reaching 60s or 70s providing I never ever smoke again. Please help me, this is driving me crazy the thought of ending up fighting for breath and dying so young.
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