I was diagnosed in 2020 with mild emphysema and have just undergone my first copd review at my gp surgery. Blood pressure was taken and was told it was high so will have to have it monitored over 24hrs. Is high blood pressure a common comorbity for copd and at such an early stage of the disease? The copd review was not in my opinion very thorough just bp weight check and a very quick discussion about using my inhaler. No Spirometry currently being done. I have found out more information from this site in the last couple of years than I have from my gp) for which I am very grateful.....Thank you🙂👍
Hi Slowpoke. Not sure it's a co morbitity, but a lot of the medications tend to raise blood pressure/pulse. What inhaler are you using? I use Spiriva Respimat that works well for me.
I Have always used Spiriva for 12yrs but theres a new one out manufactured by AstraZeneca. Getting that today,worth a try supposed to be excellent for lungs. It will replace Spiriva and Sirdupla . Will let you all know how I get on.. been told if I'm not satisfied can revert back to Spiriva so nothing to lose .xxSheila 💕
I would appreciate the name of the inhaler when you get a chance. Thank you
My inhaler is Seretide 50. Thank you for your. previous replies.
The new medication I am having today replaces my Spiriva also one of my inhalers Surdupla. The Surdupla replaced a previous inhaler which was Seretide . I don't like change and have been on same medication for 12yrs. I have a Respiratory team who are very supportive but recently there is a new team called The COPD team who called to see me on Thursday. Spent over 2hrs here at my home and very knowledgeable as only specialize in COPD.
I have agreed to try the new medication as hopefully can improve my breathing. My GP telephoned me 8 30am Friday morning as the team had e.mailed her. I was surprised to say the least as usually cant speak to GP but she was really helpful. She arranged for my prescription to be delivered today. Will let you know the name and how I get on with it . Fingers crossed AstraZeneca have come up with an improvement on previous medication . I did not have a problem with theIr vaccine but did with the Moderna so hopefully this medication will be an improvement on my breathlessness. Take care xxSheila💕⚘
Hallo. Please could you also advise me of the name of the new inhaler as I seem to be working my way through the list. Thank you
Being delivered today . Manufactured by AstraZeneca.
WOW ...oh for a surgery with treatment like that - are you sure you are not getting private treatment .
I have been hospitalised three times due to passing out through lack of oxygen - and never once has anyone from our surgery contacted me.
My last hospitalisation found I was a carbon retainer - for which I was given a machine to use at night - and a card to give paramedics how to treat me - as I am not to be pumped full of oxygen ..as I was during the three occasions.
As to blood pressure - my GP changed my BP tablets for no reason - I have only managed to contact a junior GP informing her that with these new tablets - when I stand up my BP diastolic shoots up to the 200 mark. She actually said that "she was told in training college that as long as it dropped to normal when I sat down for ten minutes- it was alright". I asked - what happens if I wanted to do some gardening or such for an hour with pressure that high ..?? no comment except "I can put you back on the old tablets if you want" - unbelievable.
I'm not usually a moaner - but at 86 this COPD has just become a problem since numerous jabs for COVID and my GP changed my blood pressure tablets.
Tried talking to the nurses but don't seem to want to help.
its all thanks to my Respiratory Team and now a new team added The COPD team. I have direct telephone numbers to both these Teams. I can contact them between 8.30am and 4.30pm daily, If they are all out theres an answer machine and they will call me back that day. I can call to chat for advice or If I'm concerned they will call to my house following day. any Problems they e.mail my GP and sort out medication and anything else required . These teams work directly with my Consultant at the Hospital and have even had him to call at my house.
there is also another Team The Acute Nursing team. They call 3 times a day if you have a serious infection etc. It is to prevent being admitted to hospital and can have antibiotics administered intravenously. Drip if dehydrated etc They also take blood samples and get results same day. .they call morning ,afternoon and evening from 8am to 10pm .very highly qualified and give same treatment as hospital but at home which means less likely to catch other infections on hospital ward.
You should make enquiries to see if any of these teams operate in your area. Once you are on their books they keep in close contact and make regular checks
Hope you are able to get sorted, as having the correct treatment and most of all support is so reassuring. These also run the Pulmonary Rehab Courses which you can gain a lot of knowledge. xxSheila 💕⚘ Good Luck.
Thank you very much Sheila for your very helpful reply. I am not aware of where you live .. and I have found from other COPD sites I have discovered ... that after care varies tremendously even within the UK ... and other countries that rely on insurance. I assume your experience is of the UK health service.
At 86 I have only had the seriousness of my condition and hospitalisation since the time COVID hit the country. Which means a 20+ mile journey to hospital - for which I waited (unconscious) for 7 hours .. plus the time I became unwell and the drive to hospital .. a total of some 10 hours. No wonder my wife thought I was a gonna. It was only then they decided I was a carbon retainer - gave me some eight days in hospital on their machine - then provided me with a machine to take home .........then silence. Not a word from my GP or Nurses - but one appointment with the hospital consultant.
No wonder AandE are busy .. when one cannot get an appointment with my local surgery only about a mile away - and have to end up in AandE.
Sorry for my rant - but looks like the only way is to complain - perhaps at my age I have grown used to the professionalism of the old family doctor service.
I live in UK South Wales, Swansea area xxSheila 💕⚘
being delivered today. Will keep you updated this replaces my Spiriva and Sirdupla. Also comes with device for administering xxSheila
waiting on prescription being delivered. I will then pass it on no problem xx Sheila 👍
very interested to see how you get on with the new one by Astra Zeneca Sheila. Do please cKeep us updated. X x Peg