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im 41 old female ive suffered from asthma and for 25 years ive smoked and at times up to a pack maybe a little more but for the last 5 months ive managed to cut under a 10 cigs a day now im down two 1 if needed or 3 on a bad day. anyways i decided to ask for a pft test and as of today i went on a rainy nasty day felt somewhat asthmatic and when i took the test i of course ask the technician questions and she said something were when i breath out there looks to be a little slight air intrapped isnt that a sign of copd or emphysema  im scared now . does a technician no if you might have these lung proublems she said you might be border of getting it or like hanging on the fence of possibly having this slightly very mildley. A er doctor told me about 10 days ago when i had a chest x-ray that my lungs looked clear but of course as expected in a smoker i had some slight scaring very mild and if i quit smoking ill reduce my chance of getting copd  or empysema and he doesnt believe i have it. Dont no what to think now and wont find out anything for a day or two woried and wonder what u think of this.
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Unfortunately, you need the results of the PFT to determine if and how severe copd is.  If you smoke this places you at high risk of lung disease such as COPD.  Quit now.  Quitting smoking is the best treatment for COPD their are inhaled medications that reduce symptoms of COPD such as shortness of breath and coughing. Although rare,  there is a form of COPD that is not caused from smoking but rather hereditary called alpha 1 antitrypsin COPD.  It can be determined by a blood draw Serum Alpha 1.  There is a specific treatment for this.  It might be a good idea to check out.  Best of luck.
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