I have recently been diagnosed with COPD, although I havent been told at what stage I am at, I am on the steroid inhaler Symbicort and at the moment i struggle as soon as i start doing anything physical. I get very tired and really start gulping for air quite quickly. I have a very dry tickly cough and i get strong pains in my chest after a severe cough. I gave up smoking on july 1st last year because i was really struggling to breath and i thought i had a smokers cough. I only went to the doctors because it wasnt really getting better. That was 2 months ago. I have only recently got the all clear for hep c(2 years ago) after 12 months of comb drug therapy. At the moment i am confused as to what i have because COPD seems to be an umbrella term for several things.