My name is simon and I gave up smoking in july 2011, 1 month before my 50th birthday because i was having real problems breathing and had a very painful cough. Typical bloke i just thought I will give up smoking and that should do it, just put it down to a smokers cough. I wasnt a heavy smoker anyway. At first it seemed to help but i soon realised it was still a problem but i didnt got to Dr till about April 2012. After doing some tests she told me there and then that i had COPD. and she started me on the standard treatments first , Symbicort and ventolin, that didnt seem to work so then i was put on Spyriva and seretide and ventolin for relief, and have had mucodyne for a while but i dont seem to have a lot of phlegm. I saw a consultant in june 2013 who determined i had a lung function of 67%, and if i kept up with my exercises and medications and off the cigarettes i could expect to see a fairly slow progression of the disease. Well i have done that and it has just been getting worse and harder to get around, went back to drs last week and my lung function is down to 42%. In jan it was 58%, in April it was 49% and last week its now 42%. On Friday I went for my usual walk, which i hadnt done for a few days, i only did one third of my usual walk but on the way back i just lost all ability to function, I got to the road and its 200metres to my house, it took me 20 mins and had to stop about 8 times and just sit on the pavement, i finally just about collap[sed on my doorstep, i had no phone, i had dog on lead, it was frightening, i felt like i was drowning but in air, i did manage to lift my arms and unlock the door, you just want to rip all your clothes off and try and get some ventolin in, my anxiety levels were so high that adrenaline was going and i really thought my time had come, after 10 mins i had relaxed a bit and was manahing to recover. but it was another 40 mins before i could move again. That was Friday and since then i feel completely ewashed out and my lungs actually feel worse than they did last week, it certainly is harder now than then. I also have hyper-inflated lungs which means the air cant escape. Has anyone else had this sort of rapid loss>
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