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I was diagnosed with stage 2 COPD in December last year, I had never heard of it before and didno more but look it up on the internet.
I had the test done and have come to terms with it, I gave up smoking immediatly as did my lovely husband, I havn't had chest infections or indeed been treated for any for a No of years, and it was more co-incidence that I mentioned to my doctor that I had a night cough that was getting worse, and I was seriously out of breath just climbing the stairs.
I have been prescribed Spiriva inhaler and of course salbutamol, I have been on tablets for high blood pressure for about a year, and Naproxen as I have Degenerative osteoarthritis, in my back, hips, knee, & shoulders, i'm 58 by the way.
I try to excercise as much as I can but after about 50yds of walking am in severe pain I also do aqua arobics as I find that quite fun.
My real question is I understood when giving up smoking I would gain weight, however I have not changed my lifestyle/eating habits, but so far have gained 2 stone in 6 months, this has also in the past 2 months manifested itself in swollen ankles and a seriously swollen abdomen, I have just had a heart scan done so waiting on the results of that.
Has anyone else experienced such a dramatic weight gain, I never reached this weight when pregnant with any of my children & quite frankly It scares me as much as the COPD.
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