Hi My name is Paul and I have just had a diagnosis of COPD.
Years ago I was diagnosed with asthma and went for a regular check (actually the first in years) last year. My peak flows have always been about 450 and I am 49 about 5' 11" not overweight, don't smoke and I keep fit (including yoga with lots of breathing exercises).
The Nurse told me that treatment had changed and they now recommend taking the brown inhaler regularly even for mild asthma, as a preventative. I then made an appointment to in 6 weeks.
6 Weeks later I tried the peak flow again with no change (I didn't think it was making a difference) - and the nurse recommended a spirometry test.
I had this last week and the nurse (a different one this time) came to the conclusion that I should take a Umeclidinium inhaler once per day. Also I should have a blood test and chest x-ray to see if there are any other problem (I am not expecting anything nasty).
I do get some breathlessness at times, I do cough for no reason and I am finding short bursts of intensive exercise harder. I put the later down to not being as fit as I used to be.
My suspicion is that my lungs were damaged by my mother chain smoking when I was very young with not helped by me smoking for a few years in my late teens and early 20's. I gave up because my lungs hurt whenever I had a cigarette!
So after all of that my question is, on balance, do you think taking the inhaler is worth it?
I don't want to be over diagnosed but am happy to take an inhaler if it will be of benefit long term?
Thank you in advance for any responses and sorry for the long post.