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Hi Everyone, I have had COPD for most of my life, in those days it was called bronchiectasis, but like all lung disorders nowadays it has a collective term. When I was very young I had Pneumonia, which was misdiagnosed and has left me with COPD. Most of my young life was spent in and out of various hospitals, as in those days they hadn't the antibiotics like they have now. My point in all this is to say you can lead a productive life with the illness. I do get very short of breath in certain situations, eg: If I have a cold, walking up hills and staircases etc. This isn't a sob story, just to say you can lead a productive life with the illness, just not as quickly. I am on 2 inhalers twice a day, I also have a sabutomol inhaler which is used in just an emergency. I do have a theory and think what you dont have you dont miss (that is being able to breathe normally because I dont know what that is like, but it would be nice). I have recently been diagnosed with PMR and am on steroids, and am finding that they appear to be affecting my throat an gullett, it feels all the time like you are when you go out on a really cold day and the cold hits the back of your throat (really raw). Has anyone else out there got COPD and PMR, my GP seemed very concerned about my chest when she diagnosed the PMR. Think it's something to do with the steroids playing havoc with the immune system. Comments please.
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