Just been diagnosed with COPD, mild. 67 years old, retired, stopped smoking a few years ago. Following retirement, became a total couch potato until October 2017, when increasing breathlessness and gaining 2 stones in weight made me think it was time to take myself in hand. I went on the NHS diet plan, and started walking between 1 1/2 to 2 miles daily, including some uphill stretches. I also saw my doctor, who organised spirometry with the practice nurse. I'd previously (a couple of years or so earlier) had spirometry tests following coughing up some blood and was told by a specialist at the local hospital that I was ok; I had two uncles who died of emphysema and asked specifically about that, and was told that I definitely did not have it.
As a result of my (ongoing) healthier diet and exercise regime, my weight has gone from 15 stones 9lbs down to 14 stones 3lbs, and I'm managing to walk further and more easily, although over the festive period, I'm not being too strict - I'll be back on track within a few days though, it's been frankly easier than I thought - I'm managing to cope with the diet with no problems, and I'm now enjoying my walks.
The diagnosis of mild COPD was a bit of a blow, but the doc says it's not at all something to worry about (yet?) and in fact I've been put on no regular meds and have been given no inhaler. I did have a course of antibiotics after catching a nasty coughing ailment, but other than that, I've had no medicines prescribed at all. Still, I can't help worrying, being only human, and already I've learned NOT to spend much time on the internet other than on sensible sites such as this one - you could scare yourself to death that way!!!
Sorry for such a long post, I meant it to just be a 'hi, nice to be here' kind of thing but I'm afraid I've rambed a bit!!!!