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After experienceing a sharp pain in my side everytime i sneeze [which is quite often] i decided to call 111.
They advised me to contact my doctor.
He set up a chest xray for me which was promptly done.
When i went for the follow up appointment the dr dismissed the pain as "just a pulled muscle".
He did however say my lungs are showing early signs of copd and the only advice he had for me was STOP SMOKING!!!!
Now i don't really consider myself a "smoker"!!!!! I enjoy the occasional ciggarette when i have a drink a couple of times a week.
He seemed very blase about the whole thing and didn't even sit down during the appointment.
He also never showed me the xray of my lungs
I'm 50 in a couple of weeks and cycle, swim, visit the gym and do a quite physical job and apart from being slightly overweight i consider my level of fitness quite good for an "old fella"
Can anyone please advise what i should do next?
I know smoking is a major factor in copd but then so is just normal everyday pollution.
I sometimes work in very dusty conditions
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