I was diagnosed with COPD about 5 years ago and on further investigation was also found to have bronchiectasis . In 2011 I had about 9 exacerbations and last year I had 15, I am really struggling, I have asked the Dr. to refer me back to the hospital but he refused saying the hospital had discharged me into his care and that they would just give the same treatment as him. ( steroids and ABs) I have never been asked for a sputum sample by any of the Dr.s at the practice and I can't help but have little faith in any of them. I am so fed up, each flare up puts me on my back and some days I struggle to walk the 10 paces to my bathroom. I have no energy, also my left ankle swells and left hand tingles, my fingers and feet get cramps in them and my fingers itch like mad it's as if it's the actual veins themselves that are itching. Please don't get me wrong, if this is my lot then so be it. I just can't help feeling that I am not being looked after as well as I could be.
Well that's enough moaning from me, I am going to carry on browsing the site which I find so helpful and which I might add was what prompted me to question my care in the first place. Take care everyone xxx
p.s I am 50 feeling like 150