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I went for an Astma test today and was told I have COPD and was asked several times if I smoked I may have a a quick drag behind the bike shed at school. None of my family smoke all too tight to see our hard earned money go up in smoke, like everyone else I have been in smokey areas so have probably breathed someone elses smoke. Recently a friend reminded me I had been in contact with asbestos when working in the laboratory in the 1960.s as the work benches were covered in sheets of the stuff. When looking up CPOD the blurb all seems to relate to smoking. I think all my problems relate to Graves disease which caused my heart to work over time. I have recently been prescribed Felodipine for high blood pressure and now have quite a few side effects swollen ankles bright red hot rash face arms and legs fingernails breaking. I have also put on 9lbs in weight gone from a 38" bra to 42" bra in the last two weeks and have developed a spare tyre. I have pains in my neck, shoulders, arms and legs. I am going to have yet another x-ray tomorow and have been prescribed a Spiriva 18 microgram handihaler. Is there anyone else out there who has never been a smoker? regards Jacky
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