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Newly diagnosed and scared

Hello! I recently had to go to the emergency room due to the fact that I had trouble breathing. They did blood work and a chest X-ray and said I had bronchitis. The nurse told me to follow up with my doctor because she thinks I have COPD. I did a follow up and my doctor said I do have the very early signs of it. He advised me strongly to quit smoking. He said I do t need medication at this time. Is this normal? He didn’t even say when he wanted to see me again

  1. Hi laffycat and thanks for your post. While we cannot provide medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your own safety), your concerns certainly warrant a reply. We understand how frightening an initial diagnosis of COPD can be - rest assured you've come to the right place!
    Your doctor's advice is very sound and prudent. Quitting smoking is the single most important accomplishment you can strive for when you have COPD. I thought you might find this article on that very subject to be interesting and informative: https://copd.net/living-with-copd/pulmonary-rehab/lifestyle/quitting-smoking/.
    We are all about all things COPD and have a wealth of information on the subject. If there is anything in particular we can assist you with further, please let me or any other moderator/team member know.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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