| | Could this be COPD?
Some background info...
I've never had great lung capacity. Ever since I was a kid, I remember getting winded fairly easily. I was never asthmatic, but I couldn't really run/jog more than a mile at a time without starting to get dizziness and tunnel vision.
I smoked (on and off – never more than about 15/day) from when I was around 17 until roughly 22. Aside from a handful of isolated social situations, I haven't smoked either since I quit 8 years ago.
Thinking back to my smoking days, I would get some type of respiratory infection almost every time I got a bad cold. This stopped when I quit smoking, however within the past two years, I'd say 3 out of 4 times I get a cold, I will get a pretty bad case of bronchitis (one time so bad I almost went to the ER).
On top of that, I've been getting winded very quickly with any type of cardio (I play in a basketball league, and can't really play for more than 4 or 5 minutes before needing to catch my breath on the bench).
Sometimes, after games, if I push myself too hard and don't rest enough, my chest will tighten up and I'll cough and wheeze for a few hours, and it will take several days for my lungs to feel normal again.
I'm scared to death that I have some kind of early-onset COPD, however I feel like I'm too young, and didn't smoke for a long enough time for this to happen. Both my grandmother and great-grandfather on two different sides of the family died of COPD caused by smoking, however both were old (one 92 and the other late 70's) and had smoked cigarettes heavily for several decades.
Could my symptoms be caused by something else? Could I have maybe developed asthma or some kind of allergy? My panicked state is driving me insane and making it very difficult to concentrate on anything except my breathing, which I think is exaggerating my sensation of shortness of breath.
Any help or encouragement is appreciated.
Last edited by Administrator; 06-22-2013 at 12:12 AM.