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Looks like I may have COPD

A couple of months ago I had this cough that got worse, developed into a hacking cough, gradually got better after a couple of weeks…but never completely went. I’ve had a flare-up, my first. It happened after six weeks of pretty extreme stress with learning that my ex had cancer.

This flare-up (now I know what to call it) began with the same hacking cough as before, then it got much worse, I couldn’t even speak I was so out of breath. I phoned NHS direct, the doctor said to take over-the-counter cough meds, which did loosen the phlegm…but I kept on coughing and coughing, and feeling exhausted just doing simple things, coughing up endless amounts of phlegm, and wheezing. I thought it would get better, like before, but as it didn’t, yesterday I visited out local walk-in centre. Doc examined me and pronounced ‘your chest’s in a mess’! Prescribed steroid tablets and antibiotics, and said I needed to see my own GP for further tests.

So, here I am – new to this disease, and just beginning to find out about it.
Hello everyone! Oh by the way, I’ve never smoked, and I always thought I was so healthy.

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  • Meaghan Coneys moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Foxtaillily,

    Thanks for sharing your story with us! We are so glad you found our community and do hope you find the support and information you are looking for. I am so sorry to hear of your “flare up” however it does seem that you were able to receive a diagnosis, which can be helpful and comforting to know what is going on. I thought you may be interested in the following articles –, They link you to our COPD Basics page and another to our COPD Treatment page. I hope you find them helpful. Also, there is a ton of other information on our site, so please feel free to peruse around in addition to the support you will get on our Facebook page, which Leon provided below. If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out. We love hearing from you and are definitely here to support you. Wishing you all the best today.


    Meaghan ( Team)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Foxtaillily and welcome. Thanks for sharing your initial experiences with the community. We’re glad you found us – you’ve come to the right place. We are all about all things COPD.
    Look around – you’ll find interesting articles and many community members who are very friendly and communicative. If you haven’t already, you may want to check out our Facebook page as well. You can find it here:
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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