I was prescribed Spiriva, but read the contra indications, and as I have only one kidney I am reluctant to take this medication until I discuss this with my GP (I will be seeing her Tuesday evening after work).
I must say, ignorance definitely IS bliss - in my case at least; I was getting more and more breathless, but as I have had part of my left lung removed and was told I also had a touch of emphysema I assumed the breathlessness was covered by these two facts - I am now rather freaking out, because now that I am concentrating on my breathing and how good/bad it is, I really feel as if it is getting worse by the day (which, hopefully, it isn't). As a result of this website and some of your invaluable comments I will be asking to be referred for pulmonary rehabilitation, but I would be grateful for input on the following; most things I read say this is a 'slow' degenerative disease - everyone is different, but what is generally meant by 'slow' - weeks/months? Also,have any of you tried salt pipes or, more importantly, the Airnergy machine (results of which look pretty good according to the testimonials etc)? Any tips of any kind for a newbie would be much appreciated (the blog about breathing techniques by johnwr is invaluable - thank you).