I have recently been diagnosed with mod COPD my fev1 is 56% (was last Sept although no one told me until now!) I had a breathing test after a bad chest infection. I suspect this is nearer severe copd than moderate?
After looking into it online I am devastated and really stressing out. I have a breathing test on 24th July.
I am in shock as I do not particularly suffer with a bad chest or breathing difficulties. May get out of breath after climbing steep hills but presumed most people my age do. I am 58, slim, mostly underweight at 8st. I had a heart attack out of the blue last October (16 days after I quit smoking). I put that down to excess stress at the time.
I was given a blue, salbutamol inhaler after my bad chest infection but have never felt the need to use it.
I am so worried about my future i.e how long before things get bad. I have 2 disabled grown up kids to care for. I have always thought of myself as pretty fit, healthy diet etc (apart from the smoking of course).
Considering the stage of my COPD how can I expect things to develop? Can you live actively for a few years? Reach old age?. I would appreciate some realistic advice and experiences as I have a lot to consider esp other people. I read an article online stating that 4 years of life is normal for COPD!!!??? VERY FRIGHTENING.
I am eager to do anything to keep well but afraid to try certain meds/ vitamins in case they interact with my heart meds. Have had to come off statins due to side effects i.e frozen shoulders at present. Good advice deeply valued.
Take Care x