I am 36, female and live in London.
January 2011 I was admitted to hospital because my oxygen sats had fallen to 74%
Since then I have been on prednisolone (gradually decreasing) and various other meds mostly to do with the steroids giving me high blood pressure et al.
I also suffer with depression.
I was told at the time I was in hospital that it's an allergy to my budgies that affects my lungs and although that allergy is real (had the blood tests) I cannot help but think that there is more to it than this,
When I am outside is when I feel worst, leading me to believe that pollution also plays a big part.
Anyway I digress. Yesterday I went to my GP and she gave me a 30 second walking test - my sats went down to 86% and I wasn't even pushing myself.
I am being referred (yet again) to someone that deals with COPD with a view to getting home oxygen.
What is the life expectancy for us?
With regular oxygen will I live a normal-ish life or are we only talking a couple of years?
The doctors don't seem to be forthcoming with this information.