Hi my name is sonia im 41 and got diagnosed with COPD 3 yrs ago. through out my life i have always suffered with chest/lung related problems, i was born a bronchial asthmatic, had pleurasy at 15, pnuemonia at 24, 2 pnuemothorax's and lung sealed off at 32, and at 37 diagnosed with COPD, although i knew i had it years before due to the constant breathlessness , but i never told anyone as i smoked and at the time enjoyed smoking. But i grew worse, constant chest infections, admiited to hospital several times, and then it hit me hard and i packed up smoking in november 2013. Throughout the months after quitting i went to pulmanory rehab, but i found it was getting harder and harder to do, i went to the docs complaining of chest pain and he gave me pain killers and did some blood tests, the next day i recieved a phone from the surgery asking me to go straight to my local hospital with a suspected PE, whilst there i had a CT scan and the consultant told me i had Emphasema, that was as shock as although not uncommon he said he wasn't happy telling me i had it at my age.
After lots of crying and down days, yet another appointment arrived and i went to see another specialist who was a lovely doctor, asked all about my symptoms and past history and then said she was going to monitor my condition, and said i needed to have some blood tests done while i was there......., so sick of having them done i explained i had lots done when i had my CT scan 3 weeks previous, so she looked on my pathology results and then told me i have, Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Defiency. I was born with the condition, its heredity, its progressive and people with it can suffer not only with lung problems but also liver problems. All four of my children have now got to be tested. I am so angry that the hospital where i had the CT and blood tests done have known these results for 4 weeks but never informed me, or my doctors. when i phoned my COPD nurse and told her what i had been diagnosed with she said " oh sonia i am so sorry, but that does explain why u have been getting worse in such a short period of time".
So the constant fatigue, weakness, cramps, bruising, are all to do with A1AD. SORRY my post is so long winded but i felt so lonely and isolated ( although my family are fantastic ) after reading other peoples stories i don't feel so lonely ,although i don't seem to be able to snap out of the depression mode. Thanks for reading. Sonia xxx