I am new to this community and was wondering if anybody can help me. I live in Cyprus and was diagnosed with emphysema last February and gave up smoking last March.
The GP I saw here prescribed Ventolin and on the whole I could manage the daily housework etc although I did get breathless but it wasn't that bad.
I then visited my daughter in the UK last June and by the time I had walked from the plane to baggage collection I was gasping for breath. To cut a long story short the A & E dept confirmed the emphysema and gave me prednisolone and more ventolin. Three weeks later I was back in sunny and warm Cyprus and began to feel slightly better. After another visit to the GP he prescribed atrovent, venolin and more prednisolone and I wasn't improving that much so I visited a specialist last November. I have had a chest xray and CT scan which again confirms the emphysema with signs of bronchiolitis.
At the moment i am taking spiriva respimat once a day, miflonide twice a day, foradil 3 times a day and uniphyllin once a day along with oxygen which started at 8 hours a day has been increased to 15 hours a day. Although the specialist speaks very good English I think the language difference is not helping me understand why I need to take all these different inhalers which incidently cost a small fortune here.
Any comments would be much appreciated.