Hi, new here, my GP admitted me to hospital last week because she thought I had clots on lung. Had CTPA scan and no clots, and first doctor said chest x-ray was fine apart from more air in lungs than normal. The next day consultant examined me and looked again at x-ray, said there are signs of emphysema. Was supposed to have spirometry test but their machine was broken so they discharged me Tuesday with Salbutamol inhaler and will send me an outpatient appointment in post. My ECG results were fine, no cancer showed up on CTPA, and blood pressure was optimum. Blood oxygen stayed at 94/95 while resting on room air with no meds. GP has given me Seretide inhaler to use twice a day, the Salbutamol is 2 puffs when I need it, and it really does help.
My mum had COPD, and she ended up with heart failure also, and was on oxygen 24/7, so I am anxious to do all I can to make sure this doesn't get worse. I am 57, I smoked for 40 years, but I quit completely 6 years ago. I am booked in for a flu jab tomorrow, and have increased my level of exercise since having inhalers. Is there anything else I can be doing while waiting for spirometry appointment?
Sorry for long post but feeling a bit overwhelmed and would be grateful for any advice.