I was diagnosed with COPD about 5 years ago. I've been on the usual various medications over the years but managed to keep working doing medium/heavy manual work including snow shifting on the shovel until last winter when I really struggled. My health and ability to do strenuous work seemed to deteriorate all at once. From last march (2012) I have been less active, felt lifeless and suffered more chest infections than ever before. Is this the normal way COPD suddenly comes on when progressing into the next stage? I had an appointment with a chest specialist at hospital on the 30th January, but as soon as he saw my medication (Clenil Modulate, Atrovent and Atimos modulite which I was fine with) he changed me onto Spiriva and Seretide 500.
I told him that my practice nurse had tried me on Spiriva before and my peak flow dropped by 75 so she put me straight back on my old medications again and I was fine again. He said he wasn’t concerned about my peak flow and said I should give them two months to get into my system. I feel worse now with Spiriva than I did on the others but I am giving them a chance until I go to see the specialist again on the 11th April. Has anyone else had this problem with Spiriva and Seretide? Surely as with all medication, what suits one person doesn't suit another.