I was diagnosed with mild COPD in 2009 and given a steroid inhaler, Seretide. My COPD is now moderate and I have just had my inhaler changed to Spiriva which is leaving a nasty taste in my mouth so I am not sure about it so far. My GP wants everyone to stop taking steroids if possible. I have never smoked so that is not a problem. My consultant said he thought it might have been caused by tuberculosis which I suffered from 48 years ago.
Luckily everything seems to be stable now and my life is fairly normal apart from getting tired after walking for half an hour. So only worries are side effects of inhalers and occasional chest infection, one a year, so very fortunate so far.
I have worries about the future but many of your posts are very reassuring so I thank you all for that. My location is Yorkshire.