Is this COPD or am I just freaking out.

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Hi all,

Before I begin, let me state that I am not looking for a diagnosis online, my doctor has not confimed anything yet and wants me to take meds (Doxofylline 650 mg) for a week and then check, however I am getting anxious.

I visited my doctor after a post workout breathlessness and disorientation episode.Heart issues were ruled out however during street test for heart, I faced breathlessness, hence the doctor wanted a spirometry to be done too.

The results are as follows:


Before Inhaler

Actual: 4.56

Pre: 3.51

% Pred: 77.00

Post Inhaler

Post: 4.29

% Pred: 94.15


Before Inhaler

Actual: 3.76

Pre: 2.78

% Pred: 73.86

Post Inhaler

Post: 2.62

% Pred: 69.61


Before Inhaler

Actual: 82.45

Pre: 79.09

% Pred: 95.92

Post Inhaler

Post: 60.97

% Pred: 73.94

The report says 'Mild' for Obstructive abnormality and Restrictive abnormality

I dont cough at all but when I take deep breath, I get a dull pain in the middle of the chest and yes I was a smoker but its been couple of months that I have quit and after 25- 30 minutes of exercise, I get breathless and feel slight dizzyness.

Am I simply out of shape or is it something else.

Thanks for reading smile

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  • Posted

    hiya  i  can   tell you what  im  like,  never  cough     gave  up smoking  nearly  3  years  ago   although   i  have had  heart  attacks  in 2015.   but  only   5  wks  ago  was told  early  stages  of  copd     at  the moment   i  cant  do  a lot  get  chest  pain  very  breathless.    couldnt   go  for   a  walk.     hope this  helps  you  a  little  bit   lots  of  love   and  best  wishes  and  please go for  a chat  with  your  doc  if  you  dont  fully understand.      love  julie  
  • Posted

    Let us first say that as far as I know, nobody on this site is medically qualified to give you the answers you are asking.

    You really need these results to be seen by a professional. A doctor or a Lung specialist. There are other tests and MRI scans that could give a clearer picture of your lungs.

    SO wait until these figures and further test have been carried out. There are other things that can give similar results.

    COPD seem to be being used to cover a multitude of chest and lung complaints as well as Emphysema.

    I hope the results are good news for you, but remember, most of us on these forums do suffer with these disease's, BUT we are still here !


  • Posted

    Whatever the cause of your breathlessness you do need to find pit the cause (or your doctor should refer you to a specialist if he cannot determine the cause) in order to get the correct treatment. 

    Those figures don't calculate accurately as far as spirometry test goes see spirometry calculation page, for which you will need the actual copy of the test:

    But at a glance purely on what you have mentioned above, it looks like generally you do better when not using the inhaler.  We none of us are medical professionals here and guesswork is no substitute for a professional diagnosis.

    Hope you get to the bottom of what ails you.

    Best of luck.

  • Posted

    I just read somewhere that its very rare to get COPD before 45.

    Only one condition can cause COPD before 45 years i.e alpha1 anti trypsin deficiency, but that condition would have make you bedridden by this age.

    Is it true ?


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