Breathing very hard after short walk

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Was told I had mild copd three months ago.Was first given a reliever.Went back to doctor and was

given Fostair does not seem to be helping.Anyone got any advice please.

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    hi richard

    sorry to hear about your condition

    i am still waiting for a formal diagnosis after a 2 year productive cough

    how old are you i am 45

    i guess its a process of learning ones limitations and slowly building up

    hope youre ok now

    cheers

    dan

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    Thank you very much Dan.

    I am 57 and not to scared to say well I am scared.Don't think there is much worse than being short of breath.

    Stopped smoking three years ago.Have to get back to docs and get some proper copd meds as I believe

    fostair is mainly for asthma.

    Take care.

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    Hi sorry to hear about your condition, I'm in a similar boat.

    I have the blue reliever and also the fostair inhaler which doesn't help in anyway.

    Have you done a spirometry test at all?

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    Hi Gary,yes I have done a spirometry test.I questioned whether the result was given on my smoking history

    as they told me it was very mild.

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    Would you say you are aware of your breathing a lot of the time?

    I have take 2 breathing test both the resuls the nurse was happy with even though i get out of breath easily

    And always aware of my breathing it's very frustrating lol

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    Yes Gary,over the last few weeks have become more and more aware even at rest.
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    Hi Richard,

    I've had asthma all my life, leading to COPD and have never heard if Fostair. Is it a reliever or a prevantative taken daily and evening whatever. A Salbutomel (Ventolin) relieveris the most common one prescribed by most doctors at the outset of COPD and Budisonide (Pulmicort) or Salmeterol as a preventative. There are others, I know. I'd suggest a trip back to your GP and talk over some different meds. Also do you live in a built up town (pollution from cars) or in the countryside/seaside as this makes a very big difference?

    Hope you're not feeling too bad to day. Regards, Val.

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    Hi all,

    I know exactly how you feel. I felt the same way. Had asthma for 20 years. Then learned I had COPD. I had a very productive daily cough. Could hear myself breathe with rasping all day. Had no energy.

    Pulmonary Specialist was putting me on full-time prednisone and antibiotics. But I chose a different medical route. My dr did all the blood tests but wasn't optimistic.

    Three days afterwards I walked two miles and I'm grateful.

    Now I go to the gym almost every day and building muscle. I'm over the moon to have my life back and want everyone to have the same choice I had.

    Light your lives dot com

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    Oh yes. It used to take me all day to get up. Rest. Put on makeup. Rest. Get dressed. Rest. Walk to elevator. Rest. Walk to car. Rest. Drive to shops. Rest. Walk to shopping cart. Rest. Slowly shop resting often. Unload cart. Rest. Drive home. Rest. And so it went.

    I'm very grateful to be alive and feeling better than I have in years. I'm happy to share...

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    Hi Richard.

    Never heard of Fostair, l was diagnosed two and a half years ago with COPD. Stopped smoking ten years ago and am now 64.I have serevent morning and evening and spiriva just in the morning. That's the one that seems to make the difference. Agree with Val, go back to your GP. There are lots of different meds. I'm sure there is something that will really suit you

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    Fostair i I believe is quite new, it's pink colour and can be used as a reliever or a preventer.

    I currently use it and been using it for a little under 8 months.

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    Hello again everyone.

    Fostair has beclometasone a steroid in it.Also has formeterol dipropinate.I was told it is used as

    a preventer and has been on the market for a couple of years but is basically used for asthma.

    Can you please give info on spiriva as I have heard that is not a steroid and is used for copd only.

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    Hi Richardm

    I also have Spiriva at night I find it improves my breathing, so it might help you. My Dr, sent me back to Chest Clinic to try for home oxygen, but this slip of a girl (no more than 25) reckoned she was a Consultant! She refused me because my blood oxygen level wasn't below 85%. I had just returned from a holiday at my youngest son's at Frinton on Sea with regular rides on mobility scooter down the sea front every day and felt so much better than when in London. She reckoned "oxygen is oxygen where ever you get it from" - what a complete ****!!!! I live in one of the highest polluted area in Britain in East London. She also reckoned Spiriva and Serevent were the same thing and my GP said it was rubbish and I should keep on it. I won't be going back to her! Worth a word with your GP, I reckon.

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    Thank you very much for your help.Wishing you all the very best of health will go back to doc.
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    Hi Shoshana

    Your post is inspirational. Next visit to my GP I'm going to ask for him to send me to our local hospital for cardiac rehab exercises, as I missed my slot after a heart attack as I was ill with COPD. At the moment I have chest infection and am on antibiotics but will see him when I'm better. I was constantly being given prednisone. They gave me an extreme high but I couldn't sleep night after night and was buzzing around like a lunatic and also became left handed.. Also had this feeling that half the left side of my head was missing, most weir..!! I told the junior consultant on my next visit to the Chest Clinic (this was years ago) he was going to prescribe me Prozac but had to check with the head consultant. He went bonkers at him and said they weren't allowed to prescribe anti-depressant drugs and sent me to a Psychiatrist....so you definitely took the right route. I won't touch them unless I'm actually near death's door, they can have so many serious side effects, including weight gain, which I don't need, as I have gone from 6 stone to nearly 11 through being so inactive. Regards, Val.

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