I was diagnosed with COPD 18 months ago. Yep still smoking heavily. I'm about 6-8 pounds overweight (I like it as it makes me look more healthy rather that a bit gaunt). 48 years old, from Leicester and pretty much very happy in general. I have this past few weeks realized that I can no longer pretend this isn't serious. My diet is very good, I very rarely eat anything processed except tomato/brown sauce and perhaps one takeaway a month.
Yes, I have full intentions to give up smoking, I will be honest, I am actually quite scared to give up, I hope some people will at least understand as all I get in real life is abused for being an addict and not giving up. (booked in with DR for some champix).
I'm overwhelmed by the general information thats online and have a few questions that I hope can be answered here.
I am dog tired by 4pm (when I Finnish work) I mean very very tired to the point where I have to go to bed for a couple of hours and sleep. Is this the copd?
When I wake in the mornings I have slight numbness in my feet and they are generally painful for several hours in the mornings, is this part of it?
MY Doctor gave me a brown puffer and a blue puffer, the brown one doesn't seem to do anything, but the blue one is good when I am wheezy.
I work out never less than 3 times a week, but I'm finding it harder and harder to "hit it hard" with the weights, Ive resorted to a light swim. Are my low energy levels part of copd? I love working out and this lack of energy to do it is whats made me realize I need to wake up and smell the coffee.
I use the sauna and steam room at the gym, Ive read conflicting reports of yes its good, no its bad, I would appreciate some guidance.
I look forward to reading any advice and tips.
Goodie. (my real life nickname).