I'm Ajeeth. I'm an international student in canada. 2020 had been downhill for my health. I started having shortness in breath and a very little cough in early February and March. But I managed it myself, thought it was temporary. But then in September it got a lot worse, for a week when I wake up in the morning, I'll immediately start coughing and then feel difficulty in breathing.
Doctors here thought it was asthma from my symptoms as it mostly came with breathing early morning cold air and seasonal. I thought so too.
Then I had to change my GP. The newer one didn't believe I could get asthma as I had a history of getting treated for TB back in India. He thought asthma would have presented itself when I had TB. Then he told me to get a PFT done here in canada. I did it December 2020 after waiting for 3 long months. I used my asthma maintenance inhalers only for a month, I was okay after that. I sometimes get little shortness in breath but nothing too serious for me to use my rescue inhaler.
My FEV1 is 56% and I am 25 and I have never smoked in my life.
Observations in my report said that my FEV1 is low and I didn't respond to the broncodilator. It said my results are consistent with COPD or Bronchiolitis. And said this can also be seen in long standing poorly controlled asthma. Clinical correlation required.
My GP wants to do the PFT again and this time he wants me on the maintenance inhaler. I'm very scared to death now. Its been a real shock to me to here about my PFT results. But my GP said he's not concerned about COPD and thinks chances of a younger person like me getting it is very very low.
I would love to hear from others who suffer from COPD if they have seen similar PFT results.
I'm worried that if I can lead a life with COPD and my life expectancy.