Diagnosed 2 weeks ago today - Happy Anniversary to me- with COPD after having Spirometry test with Nurse. My FEV1 reading before inhaler was 71 and after 73. FVC was 109.
Told me to come back in a year. Prescribed Salbutamol and Qvar100. SOB was constant and when I saw GP yesterday she prescribed 7 day course of Presidone 5mg. Day 2 of taking them so they haven't really kicked in yet.
I have to say, these last 2 weeks of coming onto this site has been so informative and all of you have given me ideas of what questions to ask. I asked GP yesterday if I could be referred to Pulmonary Rehabilitation Group and she said she will do that and well done me for asking for it. I wouldn't have known to ask for it if it hadn't been for your great posts and information. That worries me. Do I now have to spend my time seeking out treatment/ideas and taking it to my GP? I asked if I could be referred to Pulmonary Consultant but she didn't like that idea and said ' lets see how you get on with RA Group'.
I switched to ecigs in March this year after smoking for 40+ years. Thrilled that it worked for me and haven't had cig since then. Now I want to ease off ecigs. Wonder how they affect spirometry reading after using them.
Here is my wee check list:
Need to lose weight but do not feel gym is for me.
Will use exercise bike and treadmill at home.
Go out for walks as often as possible.
What are best vitamins to take? Been reading on posts here that Vit D3 is good.
Had awful leg/foot cramps last 2 weeks and read from posts the need to eat bananas as that helps. Learn more from you wonderful people than my GP.
Am I missing anything else?
Thank you all so much. Another night sitting on sofa for me I think. Maybe it will take for me to get to day 3 or 4 for Prednisone to kick in.
Thanks you all so very much.