I have been searching hard to see if these two are one of the same, this is my findings, according to my GP who has just done an up-date with the British Medical Council on a course of recent findings the 2 are clearly not one of the same. I have Bronchietisis in a localized area due they believe from both my children contracting whooping cough at the same time. ( ex smoker as well I should add for all my errors of life )
I was concerned this was COPD and on asking my Respiratory Dr, she also confirmed that this is not the case, in fact if localized in a very small area it most often remains the same and is most definitely not COPD. Just thought that I wanted to share this with fellow patients to give some hope and possibly a few less sleepless nights.
I was also told to stay off forums as sometimes people tend to share scary stories, and we are all different and these stories can freak you out and they are not relative to your individual case which is unique to you.
Stay well, follow your gut feelings when it comes to infections and feeling poorly.