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After about 4 years of continual cough and chest infections after having a spirometry test I was finally diagnosed as having COPD 4 years ago and was put on the combivent inhaler until it was discontinued last year when it was replaced with salbutamol inhaler and atrovent inhaler other than this I have not had any other tests other than a spirometry approx. every 14 months despite having at least 3 severe chest infections every year which last for about 5 to 6 weeks this year has been particularly bad for me over the past nine weeks I have had 2 chest infections plus suspected swine flu and at present have a chest infection which is the worst ever I get breathless just trying to do the simplist thing and cannot walk very far even though the doctor has put me on a 5 day course of steroids for the first time plus antibiotics I still do not feel any better. and I cough constantly day & night.I have been in bed for over a week and still not able to do anything.
After reading other sufferers experiences there seems to be other tests and medication that I do not have any knowledge of and I notice some have attended the hospital or chest clinic but my doctor has never mentioned any of this to me, apart from the inhalers she just gives me antibiotics each time she does not even inform me of my spirometry results I was wondering if I should be pushing for more tests etc especially has my condition is worsening i have been quite frightened this time as I have really struggled for breathe and after reading others experiences feel a bit abandoned by my doctor do you think I have cause for concern? I would really appreciate any advice on this matter.
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