Hello, welcome. I'm sure others will help soon but we do want to let you know that if you can't breath, you should seek immediate emergency care. With regards to the corona virus, our members will share information with you, however, we want you to be safe first.
If your lungs sound great, that's awesome.
Is anxiety new for you?
It's stressful now. We are all worried. I'm worried. I'm worried for myself and my family, and there is still a lot of unknown things out there.
You've been diagnosed with mild COPD. Since you can't control covid19, focus on what you can control, which is quitting smoking. It's HARD, but it's possible. Find the way that works best for you. It might be cold turkey, it might be weaning off them, it might be with aids like nicotine gum or something.
You can do that. :)
Smoking ravaged not only my family but the entire post-WWII generation (many of whom got hooked by the free cigarettes given out by the carton to everyone involved in that war, not only those in uniform but also those who provided support to them. Combined with the extreme pollution we face in our water, air and food from our industrial society, while it's unusual to get this from smoking so young I'd consider myself lucky. My Dad spent the last ten years of his life unable to walk more than a block. My Mom died of cancer at age 55. My sister died of a blood clot at age 48. All chain smokers, and my sister was also obese. So if you're overweight (you said out of shape), smoke that much starting at an age when your body hadn't fully developed yet, and you're already getting these kinds of problems, it's time to quit smoking now. Trust me, this isn't the way you want to go. It's long, slow and really painful. I don't mean to scare you, but there's so much you really can't control in life, such as Covid, but smoking you can. It's not easy, but you can. So if that's the cause, you can fix it. As for the copd, I'm not sure that the doctors really know you have that. If it's a mild case, I'm not sure how they would differentiate that from so many other things that could affect the lungs, such as allergies et. It could be food allergies or intolerances catching up to you as well, such as to dairy. But anything you get in that area combined with the smoking is more than you want to handle. My brother never smoked, but he got ashthma because of our parents' smoking and now that he's over 70 he has copd. I've had allergies all my life, and learned they were caused by my parents' smoking when I moved out of the house at age 17 and a lot of my problems stopped, but not all of them. Quitting isn't easy, but it's easier when you have a real scary reason to, and now you do, and you're young enough to do it. Peace.