Scared - COPD or just effects of quitting?

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I'm a 38M and had been vaporizing dried cannabis flower for about 3 years, mostly a small amount once daily. In June i started feeling i couldn't get a full breath and so i stopped immediately. It didn't get much better after i quit, but after about a week i started bringing up sticky mucus, mostly clear but with bits of yellow phlegm too. Now i feel i can take a deep breath only when i clear my throat of the phlegm, which I'm still bringing up mucus. i have no cough, but the internet tells me i have COPD chronic bronchitis. i have 2 little kids and am really scared i made a big mistake and won't live long enough to see them grow up. Im going for a PFT in about a week, and already had xrays which showed nothing. Blood oxygen also fine. Im not looking for medical advice or anything like that (Im in canada and am in the process of going through all the normal tests), but I am wondering if anyone else has quit smoking and experienced something like this too? Like maybe this could just be my lungs clearing themselves of the gunk i put in?

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    hi. my husband quit smoking a few years ago. he had a terrible cough for weeks afterwards, he was also bringing up lots of phlegm/ mucus. he was told it was his lungs trying to return to normal functioning. even years after quitting he still still brings up mucus if he gets a cough

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    I've never vaped but I quit smoking cigarettes 15 years ago and it took a long time for my lungs to get all the gunk out. Your symptoms are not classic symptoms of COPD. And there are a lot of things that it could be besides COPD. for example it could be bronchiectasis which is damage to the lungs often caused by smoking. just be patient and don't look at this as the glass half empty. You responded appropriately and I'm very proud of you for stopping as soon as you started having breathing problems. I think you'll be fine, it's just going to take a little while.

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    Hi there , I quit smoking five years ago, I was on 20 a day but decided I had enough . unfortunately I was diagnosed with C.O.P.D around a month after, and I have been living with it ever since,

    I think you have to go to your doctor to actually get diagnosed ,they do some tests measuring the oxygen in the blood and other things., you will get inhalers to help you when you are short of breath.

    But it could be something else so better to be sure. and good luck

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