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I'm 71 and quit smoking four years ago. I get a bit short of breath going up stairs but quickly recover. Otherwise, the only time I gasp for breath is when I'm pushing a lawn mower. I asked my primary care for a spirometry test which showed moderately severe lung restriction. (FVC 56 percent of predicted; FEV1 60 percent of predicted.) He prescribed Spiriva, which after a week has given me a sore throat and didn't seem to make much difference otherwise.
Question: Do I need to be on medication at all? I function quite well and do a half-hour on the treadmill and half hour on weights five days a week. And if I replace Spiriva with something else, will I then be dependent on it for the rest of my life? If meds don't stop the progression of COPD, I wonder if I should just wait until I have trouble breathing regularly. What think?
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