January 4th, you do have COPD
Spirometry arranged to confirm
January 21st - you don't have COPD - me - walking on the air that I thought I didnt have in my lungs
January 30th - you do have COPD, most likely, mild in stage, phoned BLF helpline but they couldnt tell me without all the numbers
Today 13th Feb - you don't have COPD, in fact, on this one, the practice nurse trained in spriromety outlined stuff for the GP so that she did not make the mistake of just looking at one number and diagnose, just like the helpline could not do but Dr did.
This particular nurse knows me well and been getting me through my no smoking stuff and she and the nurse who performed the spirometry had a consult with each other and they both agreed I don't have COPD and was quite miffed at the GP who diagnosed me despite her efforts to avoid it happening because she has seen this happen before and she was pretty miffed.
She went through all the numbers with me and it made sense, I DON'T have COPD
That was until I got home and started to look at them on my own. Of course, by then, I confused myself again and decided there was only one thing left, definitive decision was going to be sought from BLF helpline!
And now, a short break while I took a call from the BLF helpline - returned call within 20 mins of my calling I might add
Oh, what wonderful people the BLF nurses are. I gave her my spirometry results and the official and final verdict is, not only do I not have COPD but my lung function is better than average for a 47 year old who does not smoke - now would you figure that!!!!!
I now also know that the SOB troubles, the hyperinflated lungs, it seems have been down to the chronic anxiety disorder that I decided could be responsible if I didn't have COPD
There is only one possible sad part and that is that can I justify continue to be a part of this wonderful community when there is absolutely nothing wrong with my lung function other than some anxiety disorder