Hi - My name is Mary and I was diagnosed with COPD in 2005. In between those awful exacerbations we have to suffer from with this condition I try to keep myself pretty fit. From 2005 I have gone to the gym at least once a week, play eitherTable tennis, Badminton and/or Tennis once a week. I got rid of my car and walk as much as I can. Up until January this year I kept myself positive even when I was laid u!. Then, 'they' changed my maintenance inhaler in February to a 'cheaper' version (can't remember what that was just now). I was on Symbicort 400 twice a day (for over 7years and never had a [problem with it) and, I only ever needed to use once in morning. Since that change I have also tried non-corticosteroids like Spiriva and Eklira but in the end they were not working for me. Throughout this 'messing about time' (Feb - May '16) I can't tell you how bad I have felt. I have had one thing after another including ear infections, throat feeling constantly sore, UTI, to the dreaded rescue pack of Steriods/Anti Bi for chest infections. The coughing has been the worse. Anyway, enough is enough (I thought) nobody knows my body like me so, a month ago I went back to the Dr and asked to be put back on Symbicort 400. Now I'm feeling much like my old self I don't even need to use the rescue inhaler, hopefully all the infections I have had since 'swopping and trying out' new inhalers will be less frequent. The moral of my story is 'If it ain't broke,don't fix it!'. ps - Just to let you know I have bought the Aerosure Medic device, only been using for two weeks, 5 mins a day. Will keep you informed of my progress with it. Has anyone else got this device, if so how are you finding it? Is it helping you? Remember if you do go to buy claim the VAT back on it. . Bought mine online at Lloyds pharmacy for £149 - 20% VAT which worked out about £124 aprox. Love hear from anyone, with advice, tips and jokes lol. Cheers MM
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