I was diagnosed with COPD 10 days ago after having spirometry test by Nurse at GP surgery. Reading was FEV1 73. I was given inhalors Salbutamol 100mcg 2 puffs 4 times a day and Beclometasone 100mcg 2 pufs twice a day. I will go back and discuss as I was so in shock that I could not think of questions to ask. After reading posts on this great site, it helps me to now know what to ask and be better prepared. Thank you all for that.
If I am honest, I noticed over past 3 years that I was breathless on long walks etc. March 2013 I had chest infection and they gave me 5 day course of prednisone and I could breath normally again.............. only breathless on exercise. Xray came back clear.
Then I got breathless 2 weeks ago and now on above inhalors. Now I feel breathless whilst sitting down and wonder will my breathing return to how it was and just get breathless on exertion?
I have been paranoid since being told this as I work with homeless and have done for 12 years. My husband has told me to quit job now for fear of being more open to infections etc. I am 59.
How long do you stay in a stage? I know how long is a piece of string I suppose and it all depends on how well you take care of yourself? I stopped smoking in March with help of ecig but now stopped that and just have nicotine mouth spray twice a day.
I am sitting here at 4pm and dreading it getting dark. I tried going to bed but get panicky feeling and end up coming downstairs. Feel I cant breath. Please help.