COPD diagnosis dispute

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I was diagnosed approx 6weeks ago at a COPD clinic locally. I had to really push to get this assessment.  I had recently had pleurisy, bronchitis and bouts of breathing problems, trips to a&e , previously given a reliever inhaler without a assessment for asthma. my sister died from asthma, my father and son had asthma so asthma was not a surprise, but COPD was another matter as I have never smoked.  

I requested a 2nd opinion to the nurse who curtly informed me that was not necessary as she had performed all the tests necessary.  I made an appointment with the doctor and asked if it was possible I had been misdiagnosed he told me I was clutching at straws. I requested a 2nd opinion.

[u]My appointment was yesterday and I am still shock as I have been misdiagnosed and have asthma only!![/u]

i have had 6weeks of hell and would advise anyone diagnosed with this dreadful disease to push for a second opinion or even a third you have that right. Only you can do this.

I hope this is some help.


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    I had just the opposite experience Dbt.  In 2012 I was diagnosed with asthma just by a GP saying "I think you have asthma".  It wasn't until Feb 2014 that a new (and awesome) GP did an EKG, CT scan that it was truly shown in the CT that I have COPD.  I regret that I wasted 2 years taking the word of the first GP and not being medically treated properly.  Good luck with your treatments.
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      I did have a spirometry in 2012 - I was a bit naive and I do not recall what the result was; however, I was told "oh, I think you have asthma".  At that time, I was given 2 inhalers - albuteral and dulera.  In 2014, I was extremely dizzy, my blood oxy was 72 and my breathing was labored.  When I called a NEW GP, I was told to come to the office immediately. When I told the GP that I had been diagnosed in 2012 with asthma, he said "I have worked at Jewish National Hospital for 11 years and I find it hard to believe that at age 69, you suddenly developed asthma; however, there IS something going on". They did an EKG, immediately sent me for CT scan, which was read immediately.  I was then sent to a pulmonary specialist, where I had numerous breathing tests, and I saw my CT scan, which showed that I have COPD.  I have GREAT faith and admiration for my new doctors that did not waste any time taking care of me. I am currently on Spiriva and night only oxygen and I am doing great!!  I recently went for a 5 month check up - now at age 72 I am feeling great, no water retention, no wheezing, breathing normally, my blood oxy is at 94 consistently, etc.  I REALLY encourage people to get 2nd opinions if they have to wait for weeks to get results.
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      I'm glad you wre finally diognosed properly,some doctors really need to sort there selfs out as these are peoples lives they are messing around with.

      Iv had symtoms of COPD for 2 1/2 years now,strange thing is all 4 spirometry test iv done all seem normal but yet I was given inhalers being told it was asthma.

      I had sm

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      I had smoked for 13 years but gave up almost 1 year ago with no improvement with my breathing.

      I feel no benefit from stopping a part from financially lol 

      Where do I go for a second opinion?

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      Ohhhhhhhhh Gary....I encourage you to get another opinion.  See if you can arrange to have a CT scan.  Even though my spirometry was a little "out of whack" in 2012, it was the persistence of a different doctor to locate what my problem was.  I wish you the very best!!  Being only on inhalers previously, I seemed to be getting worse.  Keep in touch and let me know how thing go.
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      I think a CT scan would reveal what's going on with my lungs.

      I thought spirometry was the best test to detect any obstruction or restriction in the lungs? 

      But going to request a scan ASAP 

      All the best sandy 😊

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