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Hi everyone, I have had c.o.p.d. for 14 years now along with bronchiestasis (another lung disease). I have been on prednisolone now for,10 years starting with a 5mg maintenance dose and increasing up to 30 or 40 mgs. when things get bad. I also take Spiriva atrovent and sa lbutamol inhalers along with atrovent and sal. and budesonide (steroid) nebulisers daily. My tablets are around 25 per day. I also have diabetes and peripheal vascular disease along with another 9 illnesses. And i'm still alive. (sometimes only just). I have been in hospital 5 times in six months this year with excerbations but just recently I seem to be a little better. I am very bresthless and when bad I'm gasping. CAn't walk more than a few yards as my legs don't work any more. I have a mob.scooter and that is a godsend. Enough about myself - I take a day at a time and remain positive. Fortunately I am not a worrier. Anyway over the years I have got to k now 'me' I have learnt quite alot about this condition so if anyone is interested I can pass it on. Best wishes to all you sufferers.
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