I have had copd for 4 years now and just about manage it. I also have osteoarthritis, vertigo and reflux problems. Does anyone else have more than one illness and how do they cope? Somedays I am restricted to what I can do in the house and also some days im too scared to go out in case i fall as some folks would think i was drunk. I now have a blue badge and a walking stick which helps a lot due to ignorance of folks. I feel lost and alone at times but keep it to myself as i dont want folks giving me the 'poor you spiel' I still laugh when i talk to folks but its getting harder. I feel folks don't understand the pain and fears i have (nightmares too) but that could be because i don't tell them everything because I feel it makes me look like a hyperchondriac. Does antone else feel this fear and lonliness?