after quiting smoking I was given a spiro test by the practice nurse and was told that I had COPD, had the breathing capacity of a 92 year old woman and given a inhaler to use twice a day. ( I am 64 years) Full stop. Because there is no COPD NHS group where I live, I had no where to go with my questions regarding having only one of the symptoms of COPD which was shortness of breathe occassionally. Anyway to keep this short, after months of fighting with my GP I finally got an appointment with a Resp Consultant and after a full set of lung function tests was told that I do not have COPD at all and should stop taking the inhaler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?? The Consultant simply said "lose some weight and will see you in 5 to 6 months" . This should be great news BUT my home peak flow readings are dropping month by month and when I mentioned this to my GP, he shrugged and made no comment. What is happening? From 350 to 250 in just a few months. Should I begin another battle to see the Consultant before the 5 to 6 month wait? Or am I hittinmg the panick button un-necessarily?
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