I am 44 and was diagnosed with copd in May this year when I became very breathless and in pain with a chest infection. I wasn't able to do a spirometry test until July after a second lot of antibiotics with steroids as the first antibiotic treatment hadn't cleared the infection. Since then I have been given two inhalers. The spirometry results were 32 and then 37 after the inhaler.
The infection pain began as a small stich like pain which hasn't gone and some days is a stronger pain than others. I feel a difference in my health since the infection, is this usual? Have I had a sudden deterioration?
At the surgery i attend, the practitioners hold a copd clinic rather than the doctors, so I haven't seen a doctor since i went for the results of the x ray. I feel as though the practitioner hasn't given me any information and when I asked a couple of questions of about continuing to work and would I start to feel better she seemed to be avoiding any direct answers. I asked about a prognosis but again no answers.
I have another test booked in a couple of weeks so wondered if i could have some advice on what i should be asking???