I’m sorry to hear this.
To be properly diagnosed with COPD; it requires a clinical history (signs/symptoms), physical exam (listen to breath sounds, feel your breathing pattern etc.) and more importantly lung function/ laboratory tests and imaging (this is gold standard). If your GP did a series of investigations like the above then you most likely don’t need a second opinion.
Firstly, well done on quitting; you will find this is the single most important thing you can do improve your prognosis
The prognosis of COPD really depends on the severity and progression of the disease because there is an irreversible aspect to it.
- Our ability to breathe declines as we age no matter if we have smoked or not
- Smokers lung function declines quicker and breathlessness worsens
- The more you have smoked or been around smoke; will increase the damage to your lungs and therefore more damage that cannot be reversed
- If you quit you will re-gain some breathing ability but not as much as it would’ve been
What you can do from now:
- Research into COPD management (lung foundation)
- Continue to take medication as prescribed (very important)
- Live a healthy and active life
- Do exercise that has shown to improve conditions like COPD (pulmonary rehabilitation)
- Manage your weight through a well-designed nutrition plan
- Seek advice from a health professional
Most people quit smoking too late in life and hence struggle to even try to treat it - you are still very young.
This graph shows what I’m trying to explain (the units on the left is related to the lung function testing)
All the best
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