Hello again - I have recently been told by a locum GP that following my xray which showed hyperinflated lungs that I have COPD - no spirometer test given. Since then I have had a non stop chest infection, my heart is racing and my body aches with so much coughing. Is this how it is? Will I ever be able to stop coughing like this? Is this what it is like to live with COPD every day? I feel as if I got really ill ever since the shock of diagnosis. I had no idea that I had this condition as I have never been breathless and I am fairly fit. I am drinking lots of lemon juice in hot water with ginger added plus I am continuing to swim every day but nothing is shifting this horrible chesty cough. Any advice would be most welcome. Still coming to terms with what I can look forward to in the future.