Asthma or COPD?
I am really struggling with chronic lung issues. I blamed myself for these lung issues as I smoked on and off in my life, in spite of my being relatively athletic, having run marathons, taught fitness, and continue to work out to this day. However, I smoked steadily (about 6 a day) for a period of 4 years, knowing it was irritating my lungs and knowing I had a base of asthma, when my parents were sick and dying. They have since passed, and with much effort and a few periodic relapses of a month or so, I finally quit. I have chronic phlegm, and it tends to be worse when I am not smoking. I can still exercise and walk with good stamina, but lately I have episodes that I feel tight. My lungs keep producing phlegm but I do not have a cough, just a constant desire to clear my lungs. Docs took x-ray and say lungs are fine. They tested my exhale and said it is fine. They said it is untreated asthma, but I am having a believing this as symptoms continue. Docs say they doubt I have COPD given history. Yet, I am stressed and scared they may be wrong. I would appreciate any thoughts or insights.