Hello. I'm a 32 years old male. I never smoked, apart from maybe a couple ciggarettes in total throughout my entire life. I never worked alongside fumes, irritants etc. Since last year I've had reoccurring trouble breathing that would come and go. I always thought it's anxiety, as I'm a quite anxious person. Things have gotten a lot worse by the end of last year and the shortness of breath has gotten much more difficult to deal with, to the point I'd feel lightheaded. Did not notice it getting worse with exercise, really. It'd last most of the day regardless of what I'm doing. Also, I've always had problems with mucus stuck in my throat which I would just swallow constantly. It has become much worse as well; it didn't always cause shortness of breath for me. It was more of a chronic mucus, with no accompanying symptoms, with occasional shortness of breath lasting days and then going away on its own. I finally went to the doctor when the symptoms have gotten unbearable. I had spirometry and it came out unfavourable, with patterns supporting COPD diagnosis based on my own research: FEV1 75%wn, FVCEX 100%, FEV1%FVCEX 64,49
and after Salbutamol: FEV1 79%, FVCEX 98%, FEV1%FVCEX 68,49.
Doctor prescribed me some asthma medication, sent me home and told me to get a chest xray and get back to her in 2 weeks. After taking asthma medication I feel only some improvement of the symptoms, with occasional bad moments inbetween of the medication. Since I felt like I can't wait 2 more weeks for another visit, I went to the ER. they checked the chest xray, which came out normal, saturation is normal. did some blood tests and sent me home and I'll be admitted to a hospital on monday for further testing. I do not have any cough. I have some chest pain at times in the upper side of my chest. Does this sound like a course the disease usually takes? I know this isn't a place to get diagnosed, I'd just like to know and understand how my life turned upside down so quickly, as I'm already considering suicide as an option, because those symptoms are so unbearable to handle and no one is able to help me. Has any of you felt powerless like this? how did it all develop over time? I'd appreciate any comment. As of now my doctor suspects asthma, but I don't seem to get much improvement from the treatment and waiting till monday feels like a nightmare.