Hello this is my first post even though I have been looking at this site for a few months and thinking how brave you all are. I have had asthma for a lot of years and its always been very well controlled, my meds were Qvar and Salamol.
About 14 months ago I noticed that I was more breathless doing things that normally I would have taken in my stride. I saw my GP and was sent for Xray and had some blood tests but all came back normal, my GP then tested for heart problems, ECG etc, but again all normal. After all these tests I started to think was it all in my head, I did not have a cough or suffered with colds or chest infections, I was still able to do a 40 min. walk every morning and normal housework and gardening and if I had time another 30 mins. on treadmill in the afternoon.
I left it for a few months and eventually had a spirometer lung function test earlier this month and the result was I had severe copd, I somehow had manged to skip the mild and moderate state. I was absolutely shocked at the result and I think the nurse who did the test was too, she actually said "I did not expect that".
I have now been prescribed seretide 500 twice a day, I feel exactly the same as I did before I was diagnosed, I am doing the same amount of walking, housework, gardening etc. I feel that its not numbers/figures that matter but how you feel yourself and I will continue to take inspiration from all you good people on this site who suffer with this awful condition.