this is my story: I'm 60 yrs old, 4 yrs ago had heart surgery to have my aortic valve replaced with a mechanical one, following the surgery I developed an annoying cough, which has been with me ever since, I've been back and forth to the doctors all this time, but they couldn't find anything wrong or any reason for this cough; until August of this year when I told my doctor I'd had enough of this constant cough and needed something done about it, she gave me a Ventoline inhaler, which seemed to make the cough worse than ever, a spirometery test was done and she said I have COPD, gave me another inhaler, Spireva is it, and sent me on my way saying I had COPD because I used to smoke (I haven't had a cigarette for 15 years now! the doctor doesn't want to see me again! The cough is awful, constant the whole day long, when I wake in the morning I can hardly breathe and cough loads of mucus up, almost makes me sick sometimes, it's disgusting stuff, I cough up mucus all day long, I daren't talk for too long as it starts if off, I daren't laugh, I can't walk far, can no longer swim, most of all I feel devastated at being told it's COPD and wonder how long I will live. I could really do with some support, I'm so fed up.
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