Patient Comments: COPD vs. Asthma - Experience

Question:

Please share your experience with COPD or asthma. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Valley Bird, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I was born in 1960, and my family moved to the San Fernando Valley when I was a toddler. Smog filled my young, active lungs, and I developed chronic bronchitis as a young girl. My doctor put me on “The Bird”, a machine that pulled junk out of my lungs 3 times a week. Late in life I became a very light smoker for a very brief while, but now have COPD. I'm pretty sure it was mainly the smog.

Comment from: DesertDweller, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

My first asthma attack occurred when I was 10 years old. I had whooping cough at age 12. Now, at age 71, I still have asthma. Doctors continue to misdiagnose me as having COPD, despite my history. I recently had a pulmonary function test done by a pulmonologist. The results were all normal. It is so frustrating when doctors insist on misdiagnosing me. Such misdiagnoses adversely skew the statistics they might report. More importantly, the treatments I have received have not been helpful. Currently, I am in the care of a wonderful primary care physician who now successfully treats my asthma with theophylline. I feel better than I have in decades! I wish doctors would simply learn 2 things: listen to the patient, and, stop jumping to the easiest diagnosis without proper investigation.

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COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the same as adult-onset asthma. See Answer

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