Just been given diagnosis of COPD - at least GP receptionist advised that chest x-ray showed 'background changes of emphysema'. When I got to talk to GP (I had to call, nobody called me with results), she was very dismissive, told me xray showed smoking damage and that I would need to have breathing tests with practice nurse (however, no appointments available until the new year). This would determine level of 'chronic bronchitis' and determine if I can have any treatment.
Probably like everyone who found themselves in this position, I have been on the internet since and if googling was an Olympic sport, I would have the gold!
I have pain in my shoulder and upper back right side - again GP was dismissive and told me to take painkillers so I don't even know if this is related or not. In the interim, I have booked an appointment at a local therapy clinic which specialises in massage etc to see if that can give me some relief.
So, apologies for the rant, but feel more than a little let down by my GP.
Do other sufferers find GPs supportive?