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Just discharged also diagnosed with COPD

Hi, hope you don't mind me joining guess at that stage of needing some support.

I had really bad childhood asthma (ICU/HDU...) then from 14-28 years nothing at all was like it vanished.

Then last feb I was rused into resus where I was admitted for 2 weeks, the same happened in August again 2 week admittance and then 8 days ago was discharged yesterday. This time they have discharged me with the added diagnosis of COPD something I know very little about though research says to me 29 years is young to have it?

I am currently on symbicort smart, ventolin and montilucuas (sp)

The hospital have added Theophylline tablets twice daily and another pump.

Along with repeat precription of steroids and antibiotics so I can start them whenever I feel a chest infection coming ( I suffer chest infection massively which trigger my asthma)

Just wondering does anyone else have COPD who could explain anything to me about it?

I'm distressed with the asthma coming back and so harshly I've 3 young children and work full time and it seems to be taking over my life.

Kind regards

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HI, i have read information in the past about COPD, you do seem young to have it but i guess it can strike at any age if you have have previous chest problems. Offering my support, and i agree Asthma takes over your life when having a rough patch.

I don't think people realise just how worn out you can feel.... i know i certainly didn't before i was diagnosed with Asthma. I am still quite new to the world of Asthma and having lots of repeat infections luckily i have escaped a visit hospital by the skin of my teeth!

Take each day as it comes, thats my only advise i can give i guess...... and try not to get down and focus on what you can do not what you used to be able to do.

Lisa x


Hi there, I am now 40 and have had asthma since being a young child. I have been told a year or so ago by the specialist that I now have COPD. In practice this means less reversibility than is seen in asthma. Asthma is reversible, in that treatment such as salbutamol (a bronchodilator) reverses constriction in the airways, - a reversibility test is often used when investigating and diagnosing asthma. COPD means chronic obstructive disease which does not respond so well in terms of reversibility. In practice, treatments and symptoms aren't too different for many folk, but are more chronic in nature, rather than the odd flare up.

I keep emergency steroids at home, and used to keep emergency antibiotics at home, but due to complex lung issues, I now have 14 days of IV antibiotics at the first sign of infection.


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