I was told I have COPD 4 years ago , had a scan which said 'non emphysemic ' but there was slight scarring on a few airways . . these last few years I have led a healthy as possible lifestyle (I gave up smoking weeks before being hospitalised with breathlessness) and used an inhaler most days . .I work in a physically demanding job and walk my dog daily ..I find I seem quite normal when I am active and begin to believe sometimes that my lungs are close to repair ! The reason I mention this is that I wonder how many people out there are in a similar condition as being diagnosed with COPD yet don't have full blown emphysema but can't quite understand how bad their lungs are . .an ambiguous condition . .I am taking other steps to optimise my breathing such as cutting out dairy products , fried foods etc and try to remain optimistic about my life the next 20 years on from my 50s looking at mending my breathing as an ongoing long term project and minimalise further damage . . I acknowledge that COPD is a chronic illness yet wonder other than myself how many people are in a similar stage and are in a position to improve their breathing .
best wishes all ! paulbusta