I've been plagued for 3/4yrs with one chest infection after another. (I am a smoker) I've had more antibiotics and steroids than I can count, but they've never really gotten rid of the problem. I had the spiro-thing test and they said I had asthma. (At 44yrs old?? ) Then more chest infections. This has been the situation for about last 2yrs. In that time I've had 1 more spiro-thing. I was given ventolin and a purple inhaler. I've never seen an asthma nurse/clinic. Just told I got asthma and given inhalers. That's it. Then following yet another chest infection, a GP came out; said i had COPD, changed inhalers then left having given me 'script for more antibiotics etc. It got worse so two weeks ago I called GP out. A new guy turned up who I've never seen before. Yet another script for antibiotics, double dose of steroids (they've always given both) and he left. His parting shot was, "you've got emphysema." No info, no explanation, no follow up, nothing.
I'd never heard of it so I looked it up on the web. All the stuff I read said its incurable, it gets worse and then you die!! It said about being seen regularly by a clinic, different meds, learning to cope at end stage with the right support, going on oxygen etc etc!! But I've just been told I've got it and then nothing. How long before I die? Does anybody know? I can't get my head around it. The GP said I've got it and didn't explain anything. I'm scared. Can anybody help me, please?