I am 78 and after smoking for over 50 years and stopping 11 years ago have just been told I have COPD. My peak flow is 250 and I don't take any medication. I have a number of questions I would like to ask members of the forum:
1. I see mentions of percentages such as 80%, 90% - to what do these relate?
2. COPD I am pleased to say hardly affects my normal life so I effectively ignore it. However, if I took medication,inhalers which I know I could have, would that slow down the disease progress?
3. Is there any thing other than stopping smoking, avoiding bad atmospheres and normal exercises that would slow down the progress? Lung exercises?
4. Which is best for obtaining a 'start' point' to monitor the progress, CT or MRI scan? To be repeated yearly.
5. If someone starts at a low level and is otherwise healthy, how long before you become so breathless you need to sit down whilst walking? (I know it is difficult to generalise).
6. Is there a level at which you could apply for DLA or is it 'means tested'?
Sorry to have so many questions but it is all new to me and doctors are so busy nowadays.