I havent been on here for a while (too busy at work) but I wonder if anyone can help.
I was in hospital in August for the first time and needed nebulisers steroids and antibiotics for a chest infection. I was told on discharge That I probably have COPD. I had suspected this since May as my breathing was shocking at times but I just plodded on until I couldnt anymore. You know how it is I didnt want to be a bother and I didnt even know who my doctor was.
I was sent home with 3 inhalers which I take and they certaINLY HELP. I had lung function tests done in November but registrar I seen at the hospital did not have results when I seen him but did say COPD was what we were dealing with. I told him just to send me a letter with results as I did not want to trouble him again with another appointment. The letter confirmed that I have mild COPD. I am 46 years old and what worries me is being diagnosed at such a young age with COPD. I know people who have it diagnosed not until their 70s or 80s and I know it might seem a strange question but does this mean I will die younger than these people, that is never get to 70s or 80s? Bit morbid I know and Im sorry about that but just at the back of my mind.