Hi All, I first posted about 18months ago when my doctor first thought i may have COPD and was grateful for the kind replies I received. Now, 18 months later after courses of inhalers and steroids without any success, and a scan and spirometry test I have been diagnosed with widespread centrilobular emphysema and for the past few weeks I have been attending a lung rehabilitation class.
The lady who runs the class said that in normal circumstances I wouldn't be taken as my spirometry shows that I am at the bottom of the copd scale and my condition is described as mild, but agreed to take me as the exercises might help.
However, I find that what I am experiencing is far from mild. Every day is a trial and trying to rise above it is very hard. I have really bad coughing fits and become very short of breath if I try to exert any effort doing jobs etc which usually would present no problems. I live about a 2 minute walk from one of the nicest beaches in Scotland but even getting there makes me feel light headed and exhausted and spoils the pleasure. I also feel that I'm fighting sleep all the time and often find myself waking up wondering where I am., (no,.........I don't drink.....lol).
I'm wondering if this is "normal" and what the implications are for this type of emphysema and any other bits of advice you can offer. Thanks in advance.
Wishing you all well.