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Hi... I've had Asthma since I was a young child with the usual chest infections that I can remember being totally debilitating - not being able to walk upstairs and watching the other kids in the street playing outside whilst I couldn't breathe. As a young adult, I was incredibly fit although my lung function has always been less than expected for my age and I have smoked since being a teenager (I stopped getting asthma attacks whilst with family members that smoked!) A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with COPD by the Asthma nurse at the GP's although this has not yet been updated onto my health records. My lung function is around 75% (which it has always been) and although I'm not as fit as I was when I was younger, I am much fitter than many people my age, I'm 52. How do I know whether this is simply my asthma, whether it's COPD or whether in fact I've never had Asthma but COPD?
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