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Do you smoke?
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Alright. Do you have any cough or sputum/phlegm?
What type of Consultant did you see?
Alright. This does not sound like COPD.
COPD does not present suddenly with shortness of breath and it does not present without a productive cough, wheezing and phlegm/sputum.
The shortness of breath too, is insidious at first, occurring on exertion rather than being on rest.
There should be a strong history of smoking or occupational exposure.
A chest x ray shows pathognomic features of COPD, if yours was normal, then that further rules out COPD as well as other chest conditions that might cause shortness of breath.
I would however advise that you get an EKG and a stress EKG done next time you visit your GP.
This could be due to the cold that you have. Steam nebulizations with menthol thrice a day should help.
Stress and anxiety can also cause shortness of breath without any other symptoms, so try to avoid that.
No, its just precautionary to check how your heart is doing.
Its always better to get an EKG done whenever there is chest pain or shortness of breath.
Yes, you are right. Cough with chest tightness, shortness of breath, sputum with cough and a lot of it, a history of exposure to an irritant like smoke, x ray changes, body habitus changes all are required to diagnose COPD.
Simply having shortness of breath at one occasion does is not COPD.
In COPD it usually takes longer to breathe out than to breathe in.
The best way to rule out COPD is to get a spirometery or PFTs done.
But in your case, it does not look as if you have COPD from the history.
If you twist my arm, then I might ask you to get PFTs done. But you do not have symptoms sufficient enough to warrant that.
Breathlessness at rest is a symptom of advanced disease, by the time one has this symptom, COPD has been diagnosed, there are body changes and x ray shows a barrel shaped hyper inflated chest with air bronchograms.
Yes, it would have in this scenario.
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Yes, the progression can be halted and the prognosis is very good.
Haha, not at all. You don't have COPD.
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