Is there anyone else here who has this but is a non smoker? I've never smoked!

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I'm age 41 diagnosed aged 38. Non smoker.

Thou I've had Asthma since age 17. Along with spinal problems.

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    Hi Caroline

    Yes im a non smoker , still waiting for a diagnosis x-ray with hyperinflated lungs the only positive test that mentioned copd.Its a bit of a long story

    all the best

    Craig

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      Thank you. And good luck. I just go for a spiro test yearly or so. Inhalers and pills but try to keep as active as possible. It helps a bit.
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    Hi Caroline

    If it's any comfort to you, 25% of all kinds of COPD cases in the States are in folks who never smoked. At least that's what my pulmo says. I smoked for a long time but also have environmental causes and health causes, namely a terrible lung infection in the '80s.

    Take care of yourself & keep up the exercise.

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    Hi you can also get copd from being in close proximity to smokers for years ie parents who smoked.  If you work in certain industries ie the rag trade you can also get it. 

     

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    I've never smoked. My lungs were severly damaged from a bone marrow transplant. Rejection is similar to cops. I also have BO. FEVis 20%. O2 24/7. Getting pre tests for lung transplant

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    I have retired and was sick several time and when i went to the dr. they said that i had asthma.  I had some other family members who wheezed and had asthma, but didn't know or think that i had asthma.  I never smoked and tried to keep our home clean and free of possible breathing issues.  After using the puffers that was recommended by the health care professionals much to my suprise, i found out they made my condition even worse. Now i am wondering what else i could do.  I guess that a lot of people have breathing problems.

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      Hi Grace

      I was also given an inhaler , which made my problems much worse.

      Im still trying to get my problem diagnosed...had an x-ray which showed hyperinflated lungs and mentioned copd.I think its advanced since then to emphysema..

      I think without the inhaler i would have been in much better health .

      I hope you getsome answers and useful advice

      All the best

      Craig

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    If you've not already done so, ask for an alpha1 antitrypsin test.

    British Lung Foundation can offer you more advice, you can email them or phone their helpline.  (search box top right - 'British Lung Foundation' will show page with link to their site.

    If you do not reside in UK contact the Lung Foundation or Association in the country you are currently living.

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    Yes Caroline I have never smoked either and was so shocked when the doc gave me this diagnosis. But my parents smoked and I have had allergies all my life and some mild asthma. He says I have obstructed breathing but nothing shows on x ray or ct scan. I am on Zenhale and have to be careful about not getting chest infection. My lung function is 62%. Hope you get the answers you need.  Sue
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      Sounds much like. Myself. I think Asthma can turn into c o p d after Lon years of damage. At least it's not just me seems a fair few like us.

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