Since you seem to be offline, ill leave a response here which we can discuss later on
Well COPD is not a diagnosis which can be made on simply periodic chest congestion. There is a criteria for the diagnosis to be made. COPD is composed of a number of diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and in addition COPD is usually a progressive disease meaning that it may get worse with time. Now if you have symptoms like productive cough for 3 consecutive months for two consecutive years then you can be labelled as a case of chronic bronchitis however even then further investigations would be necessary to label you as COPD definitively.
Usually a suspicion of COPD may be made on a clinical history and evaluation however it has to be confirmed on further testing. The first step would be a chest xray which can show signs like hyperinflated lung fields, tubular heart or flattened diaphragm. In addition in order to definitively diagnose COPD, spirometry needs to be done in every case. This would tell us what is the state of COPD and whether the patient has a obstructive lung picture on the spirometry or not. Simply stating that a person has COPD is not enough, there has to be evidence to back up that statement which has to be obtained from a full clinical examination, chest xrays, CT scan of the chest, Spirometry.
So in your case if none of these things have been done, then labelling you as COPD is premature. it is possible that the periodic chest congestion is due to another cause like allergic asthma or seasonal asthma. I would suggest a visit to a pulmonologist to determine if you have COPD or not and i think he will tell you the same thing that further tests are needed before he can label you as COPD.
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