I have mentioned this before but wanted some further thoughts on this after recent developments
My fev is in the high 80s, usually about 87/88%. My functional status is pretty good. I go running and nothing I can't really do.
However, prior to changing inhalers from Fostair 100 to the 200 I would get shortness of breath at rest and when lying down. That has now stopped due to the higher dose of steroids. That is obviously a good thing but I am intrigued why that would be the case.
So much of the literature suggests that inhaled steroids have little therapeutic value with copd. I am wondering whether all the higher steroids is doing is masking an underlying infection that I have had since my first flare in January that hasn't been properly resolved?
Throughout this time I have had a pretty constant ache in the my right lung/chest and could that also be a sign of an ongoing infection?
Obviously the sensible course of action is to go to the Dr but they are such a struggle.
Any thoughts appreciated.