A month ago I started a lung infection with light pains around chest and back, on and off. Had some light intermittent labored breathing that could last a few hours. I got light soreness throughout lungs for 2 days that went away. Walking I felt better, great hour mall walks. No fever. In a few days, began light sore throat, sinuses, ears. Doc put on antibiotic. All resolved in a few days, but was left with some mild chest pains and some light SOB. Better but not gone.I had cardio workup and there is no problem, my cardiac system is perfect. Then saw pulmonary doc who seemed to panic after the breathing into tube test. The oximeter was 97, so good. The tube test was about half of what it should be, he showed me a graph. He was freaking out saying hurriedly copd, emphysema, asthma. It's irreversible. Then said, well people can live with one lung. And he started me on Trelegy Elipta.He was getting me very worried.
The doc calmed down a bit and was more about the problem being asthma than copd given that I quit smoking so long ago.I am 72 and quit smoking in 1980 (15 years, 2 packs).I am from a smoking family and no one has lung problems.Yes, we were pretty stupid.I have reactive airway syndrome likely from exposure to cement dust when laying tile without ventilation about 35 years ago.Nothing worsened over time, I cough on and off daily, it is in the larynx.Cough is triggered by perfume, cold air, lying down, etc., and I adjust in a few minutes. Usually light but can be hacking, and brief. Now given the breathing test it seems possible it may have involved also the bronchial area, and I had bad bronchitis 5 years ago for a good month.When this doctor did the breathing test, I had just sat in his waiting room for 45 minutes, packed with people with perfume, coughing most of that time.So I would think that the test may be exaggerated from that big trigger.
I return in a week for a follow-up test after being on the Trelegy Elipta inhaler for a week.That has caused a few light chest pains and coughs, but mostly seems fine.I hate taking a drug for life, I have no other drugs.I’d rather take something if I get SOB again with a lung infection if that should happen.Where is this likely to take me?Your thoughts are most welcome.