I had to change doctors on moving to my latest home! The previous month I’d gone for my usual respiratory check with my nurse at old surgery! She asked if I would try a different inhaler‘Trimbow’ saying many surgeries in the area were trialling it! I agreed. After doing usual tests said readings were a little down on last check 6 months before, but did not say what they were! A couple weeks later, mid November I had a nasty chest infection, unfortunately had left taking my emergency pack a few days & infection took hold! I ordered new pack ready!
Shortly after I went to new surgery, where they immediately had me see the practice nurse for initial check! She did usual & then did my Fev1 & said last reading was lower than before at 54%! She said she wanted me to have another month on Trimbow & see how things went still not telling me present reading! I had to go back in a month!
Over Christmas I had another infection which I had caught early so antibiotics got to work & felt much better quickly! But after that I was aware I was still more sob than usual & was coughing much more phlegm than normally none really when well!
Went back for review & told Fev1 still down at 48% repeated & this time she said this is not good, I really imagined I was going to sit there waiting for ambulance! Then she said it’s down to 28% could not see reason why! Result I had to go back on previous inhalers which are Braltus(tiotropium) & Duoresp Spiromax(budesonide) Had these few years! & of course Ventolin Salbutamol as & when for many years !
I really don’t know what I feel like! Not good but not that bad considering such a drop in my lung function!
What should I ask for if anything?
I am struggling with increasing my exercise having been unable to manage stairs before I am really pushing myself in last 6 months till I now do 1 flight up in 2 stages as long as not carrying anything so can pull on banisters between 3-5 times a week! Amazing myself!!
Thanks as usual for reading my story!