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I am a smoker. Started coughing with mucus. X-ray done. What are the chances of COPD?

hello, I am a smoker , smoked for 30 year for about half a pack per day average, lately i wake up in the morning without coughing , just hock up glob of thick mucus in the size of the head of the pinky finger , i went to see three doctors they listens to my lung , and one xray and doctor said it is not copd , but i look on internet it is not definite since xray and stesthoscope are not really effective to detect copd in early stage ,
Asked On : Tue, 17 Jul 2012
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You have been smoking moderate amounts daily for a very long period of time. Hence your concern of having COPD is genuine.
You are also right that X-Rays may not be the best in detecting early COPD.
I suggest you consult a Pulmonologist in your area. He will be able to do certain tests of your breathing (spirometry) that can rule in or rule out COPD even in early stages.
In tandem, you must also actively consider quitting smoking as it is beginning to harm your lungs and giving rise to symptoms that could progress.
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