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Shortness of breath at rest


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.



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It can only really be answered by whoever prescribed the steroid inhaler. They must have had a reason for doing so?

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I was prescribed it by my GP after I requested because I told her the other one wasn't working. I asked for it on the basis that the majority on here seem to have the higher dose of fostair.

I can't imagine my GP would have any clue as to why it has made such a big difference


We are all different and what suits one may not suit others. Why not give the BLF nurse a ring? 03000 030 555 during office hours.

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Will do, but was hoping for some thoughts from our knowledgeable membership.


Members can of course share their experiences and the knowledge base here is very high. But if your doctor has prescribed a steroid inhaler it is likely to be because s/he feels you need one. S/he is therefore the only one who can explain why s/he thinks this one is better for you.

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I am not being flippant when I say the only reason she prescribed it is because I suggested it and she essentially agreed with the idea of giving it a go.

I am merely wondering if anyone on here might have any insight into why the higher steroid might be beneficial when it is not normally indicated in copd


Here's a Google search results page with some 'official' medical input in the matter including a few entries from Health Unlocked:



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