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I'll be honest... I am 44 and was a smoker in the dance/rave scene in the 90s. I'm not proud of it, but it happened.
I stopped 'raving', returned to a healthy lifestyle and had a daughter.
Nearly four years ago I had a chest infection that wouldnt go. Whenever I stood up, my head would spin. I would cough every night.
I went to the GP, had a chest x-ray and they said I had borderline COPD.
I had the spirometry test and the nurse said I was average for my age, weight and height. They gave me salbutamol.
I moved house two years ago and the doc here said that I do not have COPD and took me off the medication.
I've noticed the last week once the weather got colder that I'm finding it hard to walk the two miles to my daughter's school without being out of breath.
The last few days I've walked even more, maybe five miles each way, just to see if I can do it.
Today I walked six miles and felt fine.
Does anybody here think that we can kick this horrible disease without medication? Or do we sometimes get diagnosed incorrectly just to make us give up smoking?
I'm sure that sometimes our GPs use scare tactics to make us give up. It worked with me. I gave up a hell of a lot and it hurt. Now I just worry at night thinking that I have lung cancer or something similar that will take me away too soon. I'm on antidepressants because I have panic attacks. When I have a panic attack, I have a tight chest and wheezy and think I'm dying. Is this normal? Is a panic attack part of the COPD journey? Would love to hear other peoples' thoughts on this.
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