When I say I am new, that means to this site and to COPD.
I am 57 and am pretty fit and healthy but after I gave up smoking in January, I started to have breathing problems. To cut a long story short, I have a very good GP who specialises in Asthma/COPD and the practice has a respiratory nurse.
I was diagnosed with mild asthma and moderate COPD. I have been using salbutimol as and when needed. My GP has monitored me every month and I have had spirometry tests and peak flow readings done. he is very happy with my lifestyle as I exercise (although it is harder than it was), eat well, maintain a healthy weight etc.
I went to see him again yesterday and he wants me to try an additional inhaler for a month (Spiriva) as he thinks that my help improve my peak flow which is pretty poor. So I have got it and will try it for 30 days and record my peak flow every day.
I find the whole thing such a shock. It has all happened so suddenly (only 6 months). I have read up about the condition (using reliable sources only) and am a very positive person. The worst bit has been telling friends and family (smoking prejudice comes out with them sometimes - "It's your own fault really"). By and large though, it's been a case of explaining that when we go for a walk, I cannot always walk as quickly as I used to and I might get a little breathless at times and have to stop. Generally, everyone is fine with that and I feel better for them knowing.
That's it really. I just wanted to say hello and I think I will be using this site a lot.