I was diagnose with COPD some 11 years ago. I had a great Consultant at the Hammersmith Hosp who told me the best way to take control of my COPD with exercise and diet he also prescribed Tiotropium inhaler that I stayed on for about 6 months.
I the attended a Rehab course which was amazing and really set me on the right path in taking control of my COPD.
The years past I exercised frequently but in truth I don’t think I really am a natural enthusiast, I also made sure my diet improved cutting out junk food and many processed products, I still had binges occasionally on biscuits and wine gums! All these changes really improved both my breathing and mindset.
For the past 9 years I’ve been under the care of my (excellent) GP, after a bad cold he put me on Seritide 500 twice a day. I did have problems mainly with mouth Thrush however much I rinsed our then washing my teeth. Sadly I must admit due to side effects I became one of those patience who took the inhale as and when I felt I needed it but on the whole I was healthy continuing to exercised and was had become used to my breathlessness and wasn’t frightened of pushing myself.
Over the past year my breathing has become harder, my Spiromitory results
was evidence my lungs were getting worse. So I found myself with a new consultant in my local Wiltshire Hosp.
He has put me on Trelegy Ellipta, it made the most amazing difference within days. I’ve returned to walking with my husband and am also returning to my exercise regime this time with enthusiasm. Yes the thrush issue has returned but not as bad as before and my voice is a little husky. For the 1st week or so I did feel somewhat hot-wired, nervy and my emotions were somewhat up and down.
By and large though after being on it now for 1 month I’m pretty positive about it, the nervousness has subsided. How ever much I would like to think I’ll be on it short term I know the chances of this is low as I’m now in stage 3...so more exercise, I’ve cut out sugar ( Grrrr), eating smaller meals but more often and trying hard to regain some of my weight lose over the past 2 months.
I’m also going to attend a refresher Rehab course. The NHS again is pulling through for me, I’m so grateful and reassured its there for us all.
If any one else is on or has been on Trelegy I love to hear your thoughts on it.