A year ago it was found I had angina. Also it showed up that I had a heart attack but was minor so I didn't even know when it happened. I had a stent put in. As I don't drink alcohol, am reasonably slim and my cholesterol reading at the time was about 5.6 I put the angina down to smoking and immediately gave up after smoking rollups for about 40 years.
My breathing was ok for about four weeks then one day I walked outside and got breathless after walking about 100 yards.I only used to get puffed out when I smoked. I had the tests at my doctors and he told me I had COPD and it was 43%. Apparently stage 3.
I don't understand why it came on all off a sudden when it says on the web it creeps up slowly.
I have a flowmeter which is usually around the 200 mark, except down the south coast it goes up to about 240. I also have a finger pulse/oximeter I bought. Heartrate averages about 98 and sats range from 74 ( after walking too long ) to 94 ( at rest ). I have had no instruction about exercise. I work part time on a small car ferry for about 4 hours per shift. There is some walking involved but plenty of time to rest in between.
I also still cough. Two types. One is a quick " cough, cough " which brings up a small amount of light green sputum. The other is a tickly cough which lasts for a few minutes until the cause is cleared.
I find it really frustrating not being able to walk too far.
I have a 24hr inhaler. Capsule with powder inside. Tiotropium. A 12 hr one, Formoterol Easyhaler and Salamol for when I need it. To be honest, none of these seem to make any difference but maybe that's just my imagination.
Any comments gratefully appreciated.