hi guys and gals im 51 years old and have severe copd caused by smoking I was diagnosed in 2001 and don't work. I have read through some comments and thought id tell you what I do to breath better. There is a herb called coltsfoot (google it) I have been taking it for years and years I get a huge pan that holds like ten litres or more and throw in 4 teabags and a handful of dried coltsfoot leaves and bring it to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes or so.
This herb helps to cough up all the bad stuff and help open airways, and believe it or not it can even be smoked to give relief. I also use a lung expander I bought one on the net for like 25 dollars it looks like a mouthguard and you can decide how hard to breath through it as it has adjustment on it to restrict the flow, this is basically a lung exerciser and deep sea divers and sports people use it to make there lungs stronger etc.
Also I read in some comments that some were worried about to much ventolin use, well look at it this way its better to breath and stay alive than not use it and be 6 feet under, just use the ventolin when you need it and try not to get in to the habbit of having it even if you don't need it. Preventers are the most important seretide, Spiriva etc
and anyone with asthma or emphysema should be taking preventers if your not change doctors because they don't know what there talking about. Another thing I do is a nebuliser I don't like spacers at all and if you are having a attack the last thing you want to do is fumble around with a spacer, when you can put a mask on and just sit back and relax
keep your meals small and eat 5 times a day and take a mulit vitamin every day and exercise as much as you can
I hope this can help you guys feel free to copy and paste it in other areas