After 2 weeks of testing for breathlessness my GP carried out a spirometry copd test and informed me my lung capacity or reading is under 20%. This was yesterday
I am 49 years old and was a heavy smoker until 2 yrs ago I have always been breathless this is why I stopped smoking but I just never felt better for quitting. Since the start of this year the breathlessness is constant, when sitting, talking, eating.... My oxygen must be good as it was not picked up by 3 recent nurse practitioner examinations , I have swelling in my clavicle , intense pain in my right shoulder and have just had a lung X-ray.
My GP wants further spirometry tests and mentioned a referral to pulmonary rehab, I have always been active, I don't drive but walk a lot, I work full time, I don't really understand what this all means, my GP just seemed very concerned.
My ribs chest are so painful also.
Any advice, guidance or experience would be appreciated I would like to try and carry on as usual which I have been doing.