I was diagnosed with COPD 8 weeks ago after a shadow was found on my Lung following a chest x-ray for back pain. Up until that point I had no breathing problems. I'm 46 and had been smoking for 33 years.
I have now been smoke free for 5 weeks and during this time have had 2 chest infections, constant wheezing, coughing up phlegm. I am currently on my second course of antibiotics and steroids. I now feel ok but know that the steroids have kicked in and are masking the symptoms.
I am dreading what will happen when I stop taking the steroids in 2 days.
My doctor has referred me for a CT scan and said my symptoms are due to COPD.
My question is could my symptoms be due to my lungs clearing themselves out?
I have tried asking my GP about this and he dismisses it and keeps telling me it's all down to the COPD. I have been diagnosed with mild COPD and am scared my symptoms will not improve.
Has anyone else got a similar story?