When to have a Spiro done
I was diagnosed COPD back in October 2011, the 6th to be precise.
I have not had a spiro done since then and wondered if I should have one done anytime soon. I am not under the care of a consultant now, just my GP & nurse. My breathing tests showed moderate just below 80% and CT scans showed mild, so not sure which to take as being the right one. Although my rate fo breathing now suggests I take moderate to be right.
I am better in the day than at night, but even getting half way up the stairs is leaving me short of breath and We are in the prcess of swapping bedrooms so our room is right next to the bathroom.
At night I dread going to bed. The minute I lay down I start coughing and choking and it goes on like that all night long and if I do manage to drift of I wake up feeling like I have no air in my lungs and struggle to breath. Then I may have a good couple of nights and then it starts again.
I use my Spiriva in the morning upon waking but I was just saying to Daz that I feel the powder hit the back of my throat and there is stays. That is due to me having other problems that make swallowing difficult, so the powder basically gets stuck there. The ventolin I feel is not working as well as it used to.
I am scared to go back to see the nurse, although she is wonderful, as I have not stopped smoking completely(I smoke 1 or 2 a day, but no more than 2, and some days none at all, but better than the up to 30 a day I was smoking previously). But I am trying my best and she knows that and says 1 or 2 a day is a good start. She is alsoo very honest with me about the things that can happen and I appreciate that from her.
Am I allowed to ask her to do a spiro as I have not had one done in about 16 months. Or should I wait and see if things improve?
I thank you all for your support and it is because of reading all your blogs that I have managed to cut back so drastically with a view to quitting altogether.
Thankks everyone, your ongoing support means so much to me, even hubby is glad I have found somewhere I can be(I think that means it gives his lugholes a rest lol)
Luv yaz all.....Ozzygirl64