Just been asked to take part into research into early diagnosis of copd exacerbation.
Talking to the Doctor he stated that some early signs of exacerbation often show in the urine. Over the next three months I will be undertaking a daily urinalysis to look for ten different chemicals in the urine. Both by Dipstick and what he calls the box which I will keep at home.
I will also fill in a daily questionnaire and this along with the results from the box will be sent by a provided smartphone too the research centre daily. Obviously If I have a problem with COPD during this time I will be seen by the hospital not my GP.
If the research is proven then it could lead to a simple dipstick test to help diagnose early signs of exacerbation. I have not yet received all the information concerning details how many times I will need to go into hospital etc but if it helps people to get early treatment then I am all for it.