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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. I have stage 2 copd chronic bronchitis and asthma, the dr says caused by passive smoking mainly, as I don't smoke. But that shows you how destructive it is. Please make the decision to protect yourself by giving up smoking. I am not a dr but I think if you can give up in the early stages, it can help avoid a lot of serious stuff, which believe me you don't want. My copd went from stage 1 to stage 2 in just one year. This time last year I could walk a lot more. Now even the slightest incline, and I have to keep stopping. I can't walk and talk at the same time and I cough almost incessantly which is very common for chronic bronchitis. Ditch the smoking, eat healthily, enjoy all the good things, and I wish you well.

    1. quit smoking,you'll be glad,u don't want to go later stages of copd

      1. It took me almost dying to quit smoking
        It was the hardest thing i did in my life BUT i did it abd it helped tremendously
        Keep trying 🙏💙

        1. Good for you!! It's one of the hardest things a person can do but what an amazing feeling of accomplishment! I'm so happy to hear it helped. Any tips you can share with the community? They're always welcome.
          Take care.
          Lyn (site moderator)

        2. awesome,it's a very hard deal to quit,has your breathing got better since quitting

      2. 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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