I have suffered with asthma for 54 years. I was wondering how do I distinguish between asthma n copd because they seem very similar.
Hello my name is Greg I had I have COPD. I was taken to the hospital 6 years ago when I quit breathing. my lung doctor put me on Bri inhaler to which I take twice a day and I'm on a breathing treatment of the bureau 4 times 4 times a day . I have bronchitis asthma and emphysema . I have learned what I can do and what I can't do because of my breathing, you will learn what you can do and what you can't do don't push the envelope. I hope this will help you sincerely Greg Johnson
Asthma is reversible; COPD is not. That's the difference. That's why, when you do the spirometry or PFT, they give you a bronchodilator and then make you do the test again. They're checking for reversibility. If it's reversible, as shown by the difference in the results of the post test, it's asthma. If not, or at least not very much, it's COPD.
You can't tell which is which which is my point. Sometimes when I get breathless I can't tell which is playing up. So I just take my ventilation inhaler which eases things in general. Thankfully.
Greg i have asthma and emphysema since 2001 and to this day i cant tell the difference. I just take the meds my doc gave me. I guess its working bc im still alive and kicking