Im 43 yrs old and recently diagnosed. I havent smoked in 4 weeks but I feel worse now than before except for the flare up that led to my diagnosis and got me in the hospital. I try to stay upbeat but some days its hard when I need the rescue inhaler every hour or so. My lung test showed 65 percent capacity and the meds have eased my breathing but still get out of breath so easy. Its very depressing.