It has recently been confirmed I have Copd = stage 2. After a couple of winters having a cold followed by a cough and trouble breathing which I thought was cold symptoms and mentioning to Doctors this, since last October after a cold! my cough has continued and was getting worse with trouble breathing. Last Doctor listened and sent me for chest x-ray, which came back as my lungs were enlarged, she then booked me in for Spirometry test with the nurse. He confirmed I have Copd and printed off 7 pages relating to lung damage, inhalers, steroids etc. To be honest I hadn't heard of it before, I had to then see the Doc, she had given me a blue/green inhaler and asked if it helped, I said a little but not much, she then gave me a grey inhaler to have morning and night with the green inhaler inbetween. When I went back she changed the grey inhaler for a pink one as I was using the green inhaler too much.
I have to go back in December to see her, the pink inhaler has improved my coughing but I still get out of breath. But I drop off to sleep so easily just sitting up watching the tv, when I go to bed I usually read a few clips from a magazine for 5 minutes, but find I fall asleep before I get to lie down....is the falling to sleep part of copd.
Finally, I have seen on some websites excercises to do when you have copd, the Doc hasn't mentioned these, will that come later from her or should I just start doing some now.
Sorry to be asking all these questions, but I am completly in the dark with all of this and your comments would be appreciated