During the last week I have been short of breath which is causing my anxiety attacks, I've lost about 18lb in just over a week because the anxiety is driving me nuts, I am pretty sure I have COPD but of course with being the time of year getting PFT's would be near impossible.
I went to the ER the other day, I had high hemoglobin levels but everything else was normal, clear chest xray, clear lung sounds, but tachycaria (140bpm).
Anyway, I am a smoker who is 35 years old but smoked like a trooper in my teens & 20's (I'm talking 100+ grams of tobacco per week). I gave up before the panic started because I was feeling SOB.
I guess my question isn't do I have COPD, that's for the test to diagnose, but my question is can anxiety from SOB be managed!? Because at the moment I am so scared I can't get on with anything, luckily I have a wonderful husband who is taking over the house for me but I can't even be around the kids at the moment. If I have COPD is this my life forever?