I am new... And not yet diagnosed with COPD however I am on fostair and my second lot of steroids and antibiotics this winter due to flare up of my symptoms. I asked the Dr last time I went if she thought I had COPD and she said maybe? I am 99% sure I do but as I've never smoked the Dr seems reluctant to consider it plus I'm only 41. I have however had non Hodgkin's lymphoma 14 years ago in my lung area and therefore have lots of scar tissue/weakness there.
Basically I'm thinking I should push for diagnosis so that I can get the right treatment? Do people agree? I would like to do pulmonary rehab course and try to keep myself as well as possible as this is the second winter I've struggled with...I keep joking to my husband that I need to go and live in Spain for 3 months in the winter but actually judging by how much I'm struggling now it will be the case! Also I work in a primary school so that doesn't help catching colds from the kids knocks me for six..
Any advice on getting a diagnosis would be good.. Plus how long did it take for others to get diagnosed and do you get referred to a consultant?