I really don't know where else to turn, so I'm hoping someone here can help.
I have severe COPD (bronchitis with asthma overlay). I have managed to reach the ripe old age of 71 - hoping to make 72!
For the past 2 months I have noticed that I'm becoming steadily weaker and more breathless and the crux came yesterday when I attempted to shower and gave up on the third attempt - too weak to stand and nearly fell.
I know I don't have to elaborate about the frustration and upset - people on this site are all too familiar with that!!!
I have recently finished a PR course at the Brompton. 2 sputum samples showed no infection, O2 levels in mid nineties, bp and pulse rate fine, temperature normal.
Have had every heart test going - nothing wrong there. No anaemia, take D3, nebulised ipratropium and salbutamol 4 times daily and other meds. Not much appetite but try to eat as well as poss and continue exercises (getting a bit difficult).
I'm at a loss and so I think are the doctors at the practice.
I have managed to get an 'urgent' appointment at the Brompton for mid-October, but that seems a long way away.
If anyone has had the same experience or has any tips, I would be so grateful. I understand that this is a progressive illness, but I seem to have gone down the tubes really quickly.
With love to you all and thank you for taking the time to read this.