Hi, I am not new to COPD but just thought it meant I was prone to chest infections and had asthma. Had a spirometry 10 years ago said COPD can't remember if they said a stage, suggested PR, stop smoke nurse, was 44, smoked, still did not click to the severity. Had another spirometry 3 years ago severe COPD 42%, did not attend appointments/or cancelled by surgery and I did not rebook. over the next 3 years, had a few infections resolved with rescue meds. March this year chest infection worse than any other, 3 lots of AB and steroids, finally the realisation how ignorant I had been and Googled. Panic and anxiety since, meds prescribed, spirometry booked. Can't believe how stupid I have been. No appetite, lost weight, changed cigs to vape for last 6 weeks, know I must exercise but panic attacks plus plus. On 3 inhalers, sats average 97%, not particularly breathless unless exercise but have increasingly planned my day around not having to walk far.
Just decided to post as found this group and everyone sounds lovely.