Lately, my breathing has become more labored when exerting myself, and it feels worse than ever with the most recent normal things I have been doing, such as; walking from parking lot to the beach, climbing stairs, and bike riding. My son and I took a speedy bike ride last night, nothing I have never done before, 18 miles round trip. In the first 5 miles, I had to stop to use my albuterol inhaler that the doc gave me, as he says I have asthmatic symptoms more than he thought I have COPD.
When I smoked, I never had the trouble of being winded like I do now, and never had to stop and rest. Seems as though it is worsening?
Why would my breathing with exercise start becoming worse now that I have quit smoking for 9 months???
It's kind of scary! My oxygen levels have always been good, so this is concerning! Could something else be going on?