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Confused

Last year, after many years of being treated for asthma, a new doctor said I have COPD and prescribed Trelegy. I was so shocked I didn’t believe him, but the Trelegy has definitely helped my shortness of breath. However, this new doc didn’t talk to me at all about COPD and now I’m reading about the seriousness of the condition and the need many people with COPD need oxygen.

Do you think the new COPD diagnosis could be wrong?

  1. Hi @RamonaB, and thanks for your post, you've posed a good question, too! You may be aware we cannot provide medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your own safety), but your concern certainly warrants a reply.

    There are many people who started out with a diagnosis of asthma, that was later 're-diagnosed' as COPD. The diseases are similar but not the same. As well, the treatment is similar but not the same. The conditions can vary from patient to patient and the medications and treatments can also vary from individual to individual.

    You may want to discuss your current diagnosis (COPD) with the physician. The doctor should be able to explain to you why he/she now feels you have COPD and not asthma. Is it possible you have both? In fact, some folks do!

    What do you think?
    Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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