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I have just been diagnosed with COPD. I am 62 years of age. My readings are FEV1 1.52 (69%) and FVC 2.37 (90%). The condition was discovered during an appointment I had with a research company. I had no idea I had this condition. I gave up smoking in 1997. I do get rather breathless when I walk upstairs or up hills, but generally normal walking is not a problem. My doctor assures me that it is mild and suggests not prescribing an inhaler as yet, but to keep a diary of symptoms and also to have a flu jab (even though I have only ever had flu once in my life). Since I don't really have any symptoms, I'm not sure what to diarise! Like many of the posters I have read on here, it has really scared me and all I think about each day is COPD and how long it will be before it gets extremely bad. I really need some reassurance about how quickly this disease is likely to develop. Also, maybe someone can tell me if I need to mention to my travel insurers that I have this condition and if it is safe to fly
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