I am a 67 year old COPD sufferer; mine started with a diagnosis of asthma 30 years ago after I started to wake up at night with a cough.
Yes I was a smoker, and could not stop, until the morning I was driving to work, coughing my heart up and trying to light my pipe at the same time, this is just silly I thought and put all my smoking kit in the door pocket and never touched it again, I am not saying how good I am, but how you need that extra kick to make you stop. The annoying part was my family took two weeks to notice I had stopped after nagging me for months.
The local GPs and the asthma clinic managed to control it quite well until the day an elderly gentleman rammed my car with his. Result a broken sternum, from that day on things went downhill. I started having breathless attacks for no reason and pain behind the breastbone, and found it harder and harder to breath. My GP changed my medication and got it reasonably under control but I found every bug seemed to seek me out. As a result of the insurance claim I saw a specialist in chest problems and he diagnosed COPD, In the last year I have had several admissions to the local hospital, my consultant has discovered the dreaded pseudomonas bug and try as hard as he does it won’t go away, I am now on nebulised antibiotics twice a day and things were going well until a Streptococcal bug attacked me, two weeks in hospital and now another two weeks recovering and I am slowly returning to normal.
The one thing that has slowed recovery, prednisolone, I was told to cut it down as I has been on large doses for over a year, but as I am sure most of you know cutting back is like smoking not easy, when I reach a certain level all is fine, one tablet less and the cough returns, and this time I must have pulled or torn something inside, very painful when coughing, so an increase in steroids again and try again over a longer period to reduce or even stop taking them.