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I'm almost 63... Heavy smoker for 40 years. I did my annual physical a couple weeks ago and was asked to come back to discuss my chest x-ray. Doc said I have COPD.
He had me blow into a handheld device and said I did pretty good on that.... I've been fast walking two miles a day five days a week for several years.. I do get slightly winded after climbing two flights of stairs. I walked one mile this morning. I cut back due it being a bit cold outside... Was told cold air is bad for the lungs.
I'm on day six as a complete NON SMOKER!!! (yea) But the two things I've noticed is a slight pain in my chest that comes and goes and I can get short of breath when I talk a lot.
A few weeks ago I had a "cold" with a nasty cough... the cough didn't want to stop... It was a dry non productive cough in the beginning that turned productive towards the end... I cough very little now...Just maybe a little cough to clear my throat.
Doc and I made an appointment for me to comeback in three months to talk about meds and an inhaler.. He already offered me these two items... But I wanted to wait.
So the question is, do you think that the longer I'm a non smoker that my shortness of breath when talking a lot will improve a "little." I understand COPD is here to stay but would rather not pop pills unless I have to.
Thank you in advance for your feedback.
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