diagnosed with mild to moderate copd approx. 9 months ago. developed lump in stomach 3 months ago, doctor diagnosed lypoma and nothing to worry about. eventually began to experience discomfort so back to doctor who assured me again just a lypoma and nothing to worry about. around 3 weeks ago in real pain ,could hardly breath, back to doctors again . still insisted just a lypoma . this time I insisted they sent me for scan , doctor very reluctantly agreed just for my peace of mind. had scan turns out to be a hernia caused by excessive coughing due to copd. been told it could now mean upto 9 more months of pain and discomfort before hernia repair can take place.. why when being fully aware that I have copd did doctor not immediately suspect something wasn't right and book me in for scan earlier ?.. very annoyed !!