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COPD new diagnosis

I was diagnosed last March and was diagnosed with phenomena and COPD with Emphysema and I also have Barrettes esoughious and lucky have not have any issues so far. I can't seem to anything even sort things without getting short of breath and it wasn't that bad before. And it has me concerned and my PCP wants to wait until I'm showing more symptoms to do any tests, I'm worried about it because I feel like a specialist would be able to give me a better diagnosis. They dignosis has changed my life and made me think twice about what I'm doing, any advice??


  1. Hi bri178, and thanks for your post. You bring up some very interesting points about your health and your primary physician. It's understandable for you to feel as you do! It can always be somewhat of a challenge dealing with a new diagnosis (of COPD).
    Based on what you've shared with the community (COPD/emphysema diagnosis, pneumonia, and Barrett's esophagus), there are multiple medical conditions for you to manage and live with. Your concerns are genuine, that's for certain.
    If, for any reason, you don't feel you're receiving the care and attention you need from your primary care physician, you may want to seek out a specialist. A new specialized physician (such as a pulmonologist), who is well trained, knowledgeable, and compassionate should be able to work with you towards managing these conditions. With proper assessment, diagnoses, and treatment, you will probably have a different outlook than the way you are currently feeling.
    What do you think?
    Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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