Hi all, I really need to know if I have COPD?
Before Christmas I had flu like symptoms and went to my GP who gave me antibiotics. Finished the course but the cough just went on and on and I finally went back and saw a locum doctor that I'd not seen before. Told him about my cough and the fact that I was "wheezy". He said I had COPD and sent me for a chest X-ray and just prescribed the blue inhaler (Salbutamol/Ventolin) and told me to make an appointment with the practice nurse to learn how to use it. Bearing in mind that at this stage I had no trouble breathing but was just exhausted from all the coughing.
Next day I saw the nurse and she did a Spyrometer test which I know I probably didn't do too well on because of all the coughing and wheezing. She gave me another course of antibiotics and also gave me Forsair saying take 2 puffs morning and evening.
I only used it a couple of times as the word "steroid" worried me. A week later, after I'd finished the antibiotics (and stopped having the odd ciggie and kept to my Vape thing that I was using mostly anyway) my cough was gone and I felt fine. No more wheezy chest and I don't and never have had noticeable breathlessness.
I had an appointment with the same nurse for my diabetic review and I told her that I didn't think I needed the Forsair and she just said to cut it down to one puff twice a day.
So here I am a couple of months later, no cough, no wheezing, no feeling that I need to use the Ventolin and haven't used the Forsair. I'm 74 and have chronic back pain but I get out walking most days and I can keep up a reasonable pace and hold a conversation without any problem.
My question is - have I got COPD? Was the locum GP too quick to make this diagnosis? If I'm not breathless does it mean I haven't got it or is it silently building up without me knowing? Should I be using the Forsair as a preventive measure or don't I really need it?
I'd be very grateful for your thoughts.
I'm also waiting for a hospital appointment for tests on a suspicious breast lump which is giving me panic attacks but that's another story.