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I have just been told i have a mix of asthma and copd,i am 50 and i just feel my life is just about over,i am trying to stop smoking and i have gone from 20 a day to 4 a day in a week.But i am finding it very very hard to stop the last 4,but i would say to anyone who smokes please try and stop as the way you feel with this condition at its worst is beyond belief. sad

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    Hi cablegirl

    I am sorry you have been diagnosed with COPD and that you are feeling so down. But with the right treatment and management, and pacing you gain some control. Is there an asthma nurse at your Doctors surgery that you see regularly. They are often the best people to help with the asthma and can be of help with the COPD.

    Let me know how you get on.

    Tessa

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    Just wanted to say thanks to tessa for my reply,i was just beginning to get my head round things,when the doctor got in touch to say they wanted to see me to discuss my blood test results,can anyone tell me if this is to do with the copd or am i just getting unduly worried for no reason many thanks
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    Hi cablegirl,

    Please don't get unduly worried. At least they have looked at your results thoroughly and when you go back they may have some more answers for you. The more information you have the better. When do you go back to see the doctor? Good luck and let me know how you get on.

    Tessa

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    Hi tessa thanks for your mail,i go to doctors on thursday so i will let you know what happens,i must admit that since i have cut down the smoking and have started the inhaler i feel as if there is nothing wrong with me,my cough seems to have disappeared totally and i dont get out of breath on a night.I just hope theres nothing to bad about my blood tests. smile
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    Hi cablegirl,

    Thanks for updating me. It's good to hear that you are feeling the benefits of not smoking now. Well done.

    Hope the results of the blood tests were ok. Will be waiting to hear your news.

    Tessa

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    [quote:4281c76325]Hi tessa well went to the docs,and i have to have a scan as it was my liver blood test that is abnormal,i was advised to cut down on drink,but i dont drink that much.I am beginning to think they are trying to stop me doing everything,when i came out of the doctors i just felt like going and buying a pack of cigs & going and sit in the pub all day(i dindt lol),also i only had 3 cigs today,but when i told the doc i was going to try patches to finish it off she said they dont really work you know.Thought they were here to help! anyway thanks for listening keep in touch smile smile

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    Hi cablegirl,

    Thank you for letting me know how you got on at the doctors. OK I can understand just how you were feeling as though someone is trying to take away all the things that make life worth living.

    The NHS has been going to great lengths to find ways to help people stop smoking, gum, patches, inhalators etc. It's a pity your GP didn't offer more help there. Do you regularly visit a pharmacy for your prescriptions, if so they may be able to advise you what would be the best for you taking into account any medications you are taking. Stay strong because it is one of the best things you can do for yourself is to never smoke again.

    Now the drink!!!! Are you like my husband who drinks all evening and most of the afternoons at weekends. He comes home for lunch and tea breaks and he has a little drink then. But he swears to me and the doctor that he only has two cans in the evening. I sometimes think he believes it. About 6 years ago he got very bad. Had councelling and came off the drink except for one in the evening. He looked healthy, he handled things at work better, we liked being with him more as you could talk to him. He was much more positive. But he gradually slipped back. The difference was amazing.

    If it is at all possible please try to start cutting down the amount you drink, even if you think it isn't much. It will make such a difference.

    With not smoking and not drinking, in a little while you will feel so much better in all areas of your life.

    Let me know how you are doing.

    Tessa

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