Hi folks I'm new to this forum and this is my first post. I was diag with copd in 2008, since then I have managed to hold down full time job, give up smoking and regularly walk and exercise. Since Aug last year have had at least 5 flare ups, spoke to blf nurse and own gp and am waiting on referral to specialist. When I'm off the steroids more than a week it flares up again I'm really worried that it's progressed so quickly, struggling with work and daily tasks, can it progress so fast ? Any advice would be appreciated I'm at my wit's end thanks vera b.