Firstly I would like to thank everyone who replied to my Hello i'm new post yesterday I thought my phone was going to explode with all the notifications !!!!! I'm so glad to have finally find a community that is so welcoming and kind So without further ado let me introduce myself ! I was diagnosed with COPD in February 2011 not long after my 43rd birthday great birthday present NOT !!!! My GP had been bandiening the word COPD on previous occasions and I never thought anything of it as I was already asthmatic and on a brown inahler and a blue one. Anyway he had ordered a Spirometry test and came to the conclusion I had mild COPD can't remember what the FEV1 was but I think it was pretty high and gave me a very large manual with loads of info in it and basically told me to read it when I had the chance ppffttt !!! he put me on a 4 hourly inhaler, took my brown inhaler off me and was given a blue inhaler Salbutamol CFC free easy breathe inhaler which I still use now. I haven't had anymore Spirometry tests done since (someone on a previous forum said you should have them every year ? ) I do have regular asthma checks and these still give out FEV1 readings and according to my asthma nurse are still high think they have dropped to 75 from around 79 and my oxygen sats are usually around the 97-98 mark. I have moved from a 4 hourly inhaler to an 8 hourly inhaler and have been on Spiriva since last February which I think is 12 hourly. I have never been referred to anywhere else like a pulmonary nurse or rehab centre and was surprised when someone said I should of been !!! On my last but one visit to my asthma appointment I queried the COPD diagnosis as I had had a very lengthy discussion about bronchial asthma as a diagnosis and was due to have another Spirometry test last month but on the day of the test I had a chest infection so was on Prednisolene and antibiotics so have to wait 6 weeks for them to get out my system. So that my dear friends is you all up to date !!!!
Kind regards to you all
Liz aka Snoopy1968