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71 yr old man from U.S. I just typed this entire message here but it just dissappeared for some reason. So here goes again..

Last year I was diagnosed with moderate C.O.P.D. , but didn't take it seriously because I've never experienced shortness of breath. Been walking 3 miles every morning for several years and never had a breathing issue. Well I cut my hrass about 2 months ago and 2 days later was coughing up colored phlegm. My doc. prescribed Minocycline antibiotic. A terrible anyibiotic. After 7 days had heart palps with high heart rate and b/p. Threw them away and all those effects stopped. The phlegm isn't colored anymore but I have to clear my throat all the time. My doc thinks maybe exercise induced Asthma. So he have me a rescue inhaler. Haven't tried walking since then though so I don't know if it'll stop the shortness of breath or not. Terrified to lose my breath again. I watched my wife die from C.O.P.D. 2 years ago. I don't want to go through what she did. She , apparently , was much stronger than me. Some people are yelling me I just have a bad allergy , others say oh , thats how C.O.P.D. starts and just gets worse. If anybody out there has any sugestions , I'd love to hear them. What questions or " demands " should I bring to my doctor. I have no idea what to do next. I thank anyone and everyone for any response.

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    Hi

    I would suggest a spirometer test to confirm which condition you have Asthma or COPD or a element of both.

    some reading for you.

    https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/exercise/

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      Thanks for your response Stone... I had a pulmonary functiont test last year but had no breathing issues when it was done. What is a spirometry test. I took as deep a breath as possible , them blew out as long and hard as possible. Ok, now I' m gonna look at the link you provided. Thank you.

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    Hey Jessie its me again we had a recent discussion yesterday about COPD

    Sorry for the delay. So like we spoke the day before the recommended tests for copd and shortness of breath symptoms doctors always suggest having a Pulmonary Function Test , Spirometry and Sometimes a Ct Scan Or Xray of the heart and lungs.

    Always get 2 different opinions from 2 different health professionals so you can get a good clear answer of what's going on. COPD is Treatable. So that's the good news.

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      Hi SaberWolf. Good to hear from you again. I'm now scheduled for a heart monitor. Had E.K.G. yesterday but wont have the results until the cardiologist looks at it. But I 'm pretty sure the Minocycline I was on caused heart palps, high heart rate and high B/P. Cardiologist said to throw them out , I did and all those things just dissappeared. Still gonna do the monitor when they call though , just to be safe. And I will definitely talk to my G.P. abot x-rays and so forth to did a little deeper into this. I'm so discusted over this it's unbelievable. Nothing like this , ever , until I cut my grass. It can get head hogh from now on as far as I'm concerned.

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    Keep a positive mind you will get better trust me I think it has a little bit to do with anxiety as well since you're anxious and it's a body response to give you symptoms of shortness of breath including palpitations I've been through similar things you've been through unfortunately I'm only 26 years old and I've been through it all.

    Not every medicine is for everyone as health professionals say. In that case I don't think there's anything wrong with your heart . I had palpitations too in January 2017 that sent me to the ER. Then I was referred to a cardiologist. I had a heart monitor for 1 month. I also had an echocardiogram of the heart twice (heart ultrasound) and a stress test. And there was nothing wrong with my heart. The heart Palpitations I was having was caused by anxiety. But I managed to control them with a beta blocker (Propranolol 20mg)

    I'm still having the shortness of breath but not as bad as it used to be.

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      Oh lordy ! Well , I had a tripple bypass in 2004 then again in 2010. The second bypass wasn't my fault thogh. The surgeon sa the original bypass was a very shoddy job. Anyway , since 2004 , I' ve been walking 3 miles every morning and eating very healthy. Now they tell me this. You're absolutely right about the anxiety. A lot of people close to me have died over the past 2 years. Thought I would go first , but here I am. So , yes , I do have anxiety. Kinda hard not to. I guess I've just really worked hard to prevent this by doing everything right , yet here I am , with the breathing stuff. And that , in itself has caused anxiety I suppose.

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    Hi I am so sad for my Disabled hubby who is on 3 types of inhalers. For possible copd He has pulled ribs which are bruised &he's not able to breathe properly .He's on a slow release morphine patch as a painkiller & Robaxin for a muscle relaxant.The inhalers are both ventolin and another which he has to put a capsule into.But he can't breathe in deeply.He doesn't appear to have a cough as such or bring anything up.( Thank goodness.Hes also deaf and severely sighted in both eyes & we both have osteoarthritis in our hips & knees.I am his carer & everything is on my shoulders.I am giving him olbas oil in warm water to breathe in.Please if there is a nurse who reads this. I would like your input regards Amanda

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