Hi all, I was diagnosed with stage 1 COPD last month after some low readings on recent spirometry and not having responded to asthma medication. My FEV1/FVC was only 60% and my capacity was about 80%. I smoked for a short time in my early 20s but have rarely struggled with my chest, although I had a hospitalisation in 2009 after coughing up fresh blood. The subsequent bronchoscopy revealed that I had some airflow restriction, and the spirometry gave me a lung age of 48 (my GP says this isn't done anymore). After more severe coughing this winter I returned to the GP upon which the diagnosis was made.
What I can't understand is that during both periods in which it seems I have had exacerbations, my general health has been at a low ebb but out with these times I have been fine and have never really experienced any breathlessness, except when exercise has been really strenuous.
I have had an active lifestyle in between 2009 and now (and prior to that) - i can't yet see how I will progress to feeling out of breath for walking for six minutes on flat ground but appreciate fully that this may be in the post. To go from cycling in the Pyrenees and solo to Berlin from Scotland last summer to being unable to walk to the shops based on the spirometry scores and personal testimonies that I've read seems to be a big jump and I'm worried!
Is there anybody of a similar age with similar experiences? If anything, my symptoms have flared up when I've been under the weather but have tried to exercise too hard and this has worsened the problem.
I can't get any data about people my age with my history of exercise / comparative lack of smoking history so I'm finding it hard to get my head around this, although it's hard to dispute my spirometry scores.
Really inspired by all the stories I have read of people making adjustments to their lifestyles to stop COPD from defining them. Thanks for sharing.