Hi Carolg. I have been watching this stream, trying not to get involved. However I now feel that I have to. So let's go through it.
I don't know what your diagnosis is or even if you have received that diagnosis from a chest consultant or simply from your GP?
The production of a lot of mucus on a long term basis is more associated with bronchiectasis than COPD. Many of us with bronchiectasis have a daily routine where we spend upwards of half an hour in up to three sessions, just doing physio and emptying our lungs - every day. I have always had plenty to cough up but this is under my control and does not stop me going out unless I have an exacerbation, when I feel too poorly anyway.
An exacerbation occurs when the bugs which colonise my lungs get out of control and keep producing and producing mucus. This has to be treated by whatever antibiotic and means of delivery is appropriate until it settles down. In bronch this means higher dose and longer periods of abs than usually given to COPD or normally well patients.
There are also a group of bacteria called anaerobes which can get into the lungs and the stuff they produce is like a green volcano going off all day. Other bacteria grow in areas of the lung where there is oxygen. These little blighters grow where there is no oxygen, in the nooks and crannies. They do not respond to the normal antibiotics and need a drug like metronidazole ( vile but effective).
It does sound to me that whatever the basic cause, you have an untreated and uncontrolled chest infection. If your GP has not already done so they should give you a high dose complex antibiotic for at least 14 days to try to get it under control. They should also be sending sputum to the lab to find out which bug is in there so that you can have the correct antibiotic. Be warned, labs do not always find the bacteria and anaerobes take at least nine weeks to grow so many labs just don't bother to look for them. There is no doubt from your symptoms that something is having a party in there.
Most importantly, insist on a referral to a consultant who also specialises in bronchiectasis. You need a proper diagnosis and your GP needs the advice from the consultant as to how to treat you and you need help and advice as to how to manage the daily mucus so that you can lead a normal life. With your condition not being treated properly you have no chance of getting it under control at the moment, whatever you do for yourself.
You certainly cannot go on as you are. My heart is with you because I have been there, especially when I had anaerobes and it took months before a clever lab tecnitian found them.
So my dear, get that GP under orders and insist on that referral ASAP. You need a life.
I hope that I haven't sent you to sleep with all of that and good luck.