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I have been diagnosed with stage 1 COPD (mild) last year. I first tried Ventolin (short acting salbutamol), then added Spiriva for some months and now, on top of these, I have been using Symbicort since last week. What p*sses me off is i don't feel any difference! My theory is that it's more of an emphysema than bronchitis (I don't cough) and those meds don't really act on emphysema. Am I right? To top it off my GP says he's not really surprised about the Symbicort since the first 2 meds didn't work... Anyway, some days i feel very bad (difficult breathing) and I don't get that someone can feel that bad being only stage 1! Should i get a pulmonary CT scan in order to know if it's emphysema? I'm very disturbed by all this! Oh yes, I stil smoke (1 pack instead of 2/day). Thanks
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