This is my first post. I notice that this says British Lung Foundation, however I am American so hopefully Ill be welcomed. Well heres my story...
After I turned 25 last December my father had a heart attack and was diagnosed with severe COPD. As of right now he is okay. Some days are worse than others. After that scare I started to think about my own health so I scheduled my first Dr. Apt in over 10 years.
The firsr thing that concerned my dr was my heart rate. On average my resting heart beat was 120. She put me on a 24 heart halter. The results came back that it was the bottom chamber that is affiliated with my lungs. She put me on inderal to control the heart and now I average about 85. After, she had me do a spirometer. I was told not to smoke the day of, but I didnt follow that advice and had about 3 cigs prior and used my e cig as well. I was very nervous during my the test and couldn't seem to get my lips as pursed as I was suppose to. The technician didnt say much and sent me on my way.
A week later at my follow up the Dr. diagnosed me with mild COPD. There was no other test and didnt seem to matter to the Dr. that I didnt feel as though I had those symptons. I don't really get short of breath that often and I really dont feel I have the other symptons either. I frequently go to Disney World in the Florida sun and walk circles around my boyfriend without ever feeling very SOB or fatigue.
Im so scared about having this degenerative disease. I am going on Chantix on Wednesday and have cut out most smoking, while vaping occasionally. I dont know if I should get a second oponion or just trust that my Dr. does know what she's talking about.
Im almost crying just typing this stuff. Im only 25 years old, this seems so young to have this. Any thoughts, comments, and concerns are welcome. I don't know what to do and I have no one to talk to. HELP.