I'm 46 and smoked for 33 years, and stopped smoking Nov 16 2007 because I had pneumonia. A week after I stopped smoking I notice I was short of breath all the time so much so I even went to the ER! The ER couldnt find anything wrong with me and doing Chest Cat Scan and X-rays, blood work, you name it! they sent me home. So I went to my doctor and she did a Spirometry test, she said I had the beginning stages of C.O.P.D.!
I was wondering why I was always short of breath, I thought I should feel better when you stop smoking. Well I was getting worse. I get out of breath just walking around.
Now I have more symptoms of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), do you think that could be a reason why I am short of breath? I also have attacks when I lose my breath to, I'm not sure if it would be the C.O.P.D or GERD?