Hi B welcome to the group. The first thing I will say is if you smoke stop! I have had a nebulizer for about 10 years now. My dr. though I had asthma for several years and was treating me with asthma meds. He finally sent me to a pulmonologist and I was told pitch the asthma meds it's COPD. So it's good that you are getting checked out as quickly as you are. My internist beleives that I have what they call Lupus lung. My pulm. says the only way to find out is a biopsy. but that I would not survive a biopsy. He wrote a letter to the transplant clinic in oklahoma city. They agreed to do all the testing for a transplant list. I got through several of the tests and then I was supposed to meet the surgeon last thursday and wham I got the flu that settled in my lungs. I havn't been able to breath for a week. I have an appt with my pcp tomorrow morning and I half expect she will want to put me in the hospital since I can't even walk to the bathroom. Plus she put me back on heavy duty antibiotics my second round of them.
Ok I know all this sounds pretty bad but I just want you to know that they are catching yours early. If indeed that is what is wrong. I really wish I had a dr. that was as sharp as yours. Just listen to the pulm. do what they say. You might even want a second opinion. If they say there is no problem I would get another opinion. for sure. Not because I am hoping there is a problem but because frankly You can not live without your lungs! I mean simple things bending over to pick up a puppy, taking out trash, washing a dish, going to the bathroom. If you start to get a cough get to the dr. Every time you get a lung infection you will do irreiversable damage to your lungs. I'm 51 and have been living on oxygen 24/7 since 2003. I wish to God I had been more agressive paid more attention. Asked more questions.
I am so sorry I am not helping you I know. I am just very sick right now and I don' know how to help you. If you want to ask some speciafic questions I can try to answer them. Also Barb is another one on o2 24/7. Plus there are a few others that have COPD here that can be of help. Hopfully you stick around and I get feeling better soon so I can be of a little help anyway.
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