Hi everyone, Happy New Year.
I'm really struggling here with breathing.
This is my story in a nutshell. 10 weeks ago started with bad cough , was on and off for 4 weeks, it got that bad I went to A&E, was given chest x ray ,nebuliser treatment, 4 day course of Predislone and letter for GP suspecting COPD.
GP requested spirometer tests but 6 weeks after steroids out of my system,so that is booked for 12th Jan 18. In the meantime I have a ventolin inhaler. I am a smoker of 40 yrs but stopped instantly 4 weeks ago (I couldn't physically inhale cigarette smoke - not even e-cig vapor) so I cold turkeyed.
For last 2 weeks I am struggling trying to shift congestion on my chest...it just won't budge....I have not had a peaceful night's sleep and I cough until I vomit . My chest permanently whistles and I feel little or no benefit from the inhaler.
I need a sit down after going upstairs. And I'm back in work tomorrow. I have private medical insurance but the small print states it doesn't cover chronic conditions.
My Question : If I am diagnosed with COPD will I get medication to give me any relief ....or is this it for life... I'm a 57 yr old female by the way.