Hi everybody, i hope you can help.
I'm 41, asthmatic since 11 y o, and gave up moderate on/off smoking about 3 years ago. Last year I thought my asthma was "playing up" and after a review by my GP and hospital I was told I have COPD. Apparently my lung function is 50-60% and that of a 60 y o. The consultant said in a letter to my GP that I have asthma with COPD. He wrote "reversable COPD if you like" as my lung function improved from 50 to 60% after nebulising. I am in a state of shock. I have always lived actively with asthma, I have never run a marathon but a quick squirt of inhaler and I felt fine. Now though, my anxiety about this diagnosis is playing havoc with my breathing and I feel breathless and panicy (bad lungs or anxiety? who knows?). I fear for the future as I have a baby on the way and wonder whether I'm going to be able walk in 5 - 10 years? Will I need oxygen in a couple of years? Will my daughter grow up without a dad? Some evidence appears to suggest that a healthy lifestyle will halt the progress of the disease in it's tracks, and this is indeed what the asthma nurse at the GP's surgery is saying. However, other evidence explains that COPD is progressive and unpredictable, leading to disability and death. I know that I'm probably adjusting to this diagnosis but I can't seem to work out what will happen to me. Any thoughts about what the prognosis is would be greatly appreciated. Will I be around and active in 30 years or will I be struggling for breath in 3? Sorry, you can probably feel the uncertainy within this message!
Hope people are feeling well,