I managed to put one post and a reply on the forum before the changes came in so I'll intoduce myself again.
My name is Martyn, I'm 49, a non-smoker, never have. I was diagnosed a few weeks ago with mild COPD. My GP says it is through passive smoking that I've developed it. I went back to an emergency Dr on Monday with a tight chest and lots of phlegm production and am now on a course of antibiotics for a chest infection.
I saw my own GP on Tuesday with questions about the condition and was told it is very mild `in it's infancy`. Then I was told I also had Asthma. I've been on Ventolin since my original diagnosis a few weeks ago.
I'd like to thank Rita and Tru for contacting me on the Forum and in answer to one of your questions Tru my GP says I can't get Pulmonary Rehabilitation because at the stage I'm at a referral would't be accepted.
The Doc did say I can have my pneumonia vaccination and I'll be having another Spirometry test at some point. I was told to keep excercising and looking after myself and I could keep it at this level for years. I'm realising how difficult that is going to be, I now have a runny nose, my cough that was nearly going has got worse, I keep going dizzy and getting spots in front my eyes when I'm out walking and I'm so frustrated that even at this stage I can walk about a mile or so quite quickly but then I'm shattered. I don't know if that's the COPD or the Asthma!
Sorry for rambling folks!