Hello everyone. Like a lot of you I was fairly recently diagnosed with mild/ moderate COPD, after about a year of visiting my GP because of a linger on/off cough, which was diagnosed as viral as it didn't respond to Antibiotic treatment. I am 69, female living between UK and Spain, a life long non smoker and to my knowledge have not had any chest infection prior to visiting the GP, so guess I must be a victim of passive exposure or a virus that has created my condition. I am currently on Spiriva capsules with Ventalin as required, which controls the coughing spasms which are always non productive but nothing seems to relieve the SOB on the slightest of activity. Spirometry test results they tell me fall within normal parameters but my lung age is 87!! which to me doesn't seem normal, perhaps some of you know differently?, all other non-invasive tests show normal results. Since April I have had three exacerbations each resulting in my GP sending me by Ambulance to A&E. I realise the condition can't be cured but I don't feel the meds I am currently using are that helpful in respect of life quality. I am due to see my GP again in a weeks time, does anyone think I should press for a referral to a specialist? Or should I just carry on trying different meds in the hope that things may improve if and when the GP hits the magic formula. I walk my dog each day for about half an hour although the progress is very slow and I meditate to help me come to terms with my life changes. From reading the posts there is a wealth of information out there in the forum, so any ideas folks or words of wisdom. For someone struggling to come to terms with this condition?