We were going to the circus in January 2011 and I noticed that, just walking from the car to the arena, I was wheezing and out-of-breath. Now this was not a long walk because we landed the perfect parking spot, right across the street from the arena. I just blamed my wheezing and shortness of breath on my recent (over the course of 1 1/2 years) weight gain of about 40 pounds.
I kinda knew in the back of my mind that the wheezing and shortness of breath could be caused by my smoking, but I just went on about my business. My symptoms seemed to stick around and I started noticing that certain things would make me cough and get this horrible "sick" taste and feeling in my chest. Cleaning products and cleaning out our pet bunny's cage seemed to be the worst culprits.
In August 2013 I decided I probably needed to go to the doctor. He told me I had COPD and that is when I started taking medication for it daily.
And now for the ironic part, wait for it.....I had gained the weight over the course of 1 1/2 years because I had quit smoking in June 2009. Yes, I started noticing the symptoms 1 1/2 years after I quit smoking!
Perhaps the weight gain has something to do with it, but I still have symptoms when I lose weight. I have lost and gained back 20 pounds three time since I originally put on the weight. And the X-rays show that I indeed have COPD. I can't reverse it, but it should not get any worse as long as I stay away from irritants that cause exacerbations.