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Hi everyone. I have just found this site and been reading through the post on here. I think this is just what I need now.
I was diagosed with COPD 7 years ago at the age of 47 and have been managing really well in general. Winters have been hard with lots of chest infections but overall not too bad. Have managed to keep working and try to keep myself active. The steriods took there toll and I put on masses of weight which over the last year I have managed to loose.
Had an added 'bonus' of crushing a disc in my back through coughing and having to have surgery on that which left me with chronic pain so had to learn to manage that as well.
I manage with 3 different inhalers antibiotics when needed and steriods have a treadmill which means I can exersise regardless of the weather, the old wii fit is fun too and depending on how i am feeling I can workout at my own pace.
This year however I had abit of a flare up with my back in November which saw me off work for 3 weeks and my boss is not happy now I have had a chest infection and he is making my life hell. I first started with this infection 4 weeks ago. I have had antibiotics and steriods and had to take a couple of days the week before Christmas as I was really struggling. I just cant get rid of this though. I havent slept much with the cough and my chest feels like its in a vice. I am so tired I cant function at all. I go to work come home and go to bed. I think the infection has cleared up but I am wiped out by this. I know I should rest but my boss makes me feel so guilty and I know I will just have him to deal with when I go back. My husband keeps telling me I will end up in hospital if I keep going and I cant help feeling he is right. Tomorrow I am going back to the doctor and I know he will not be too happy. I refused a sick note last time I went and have been avoiding going back but have to give in. I just wish there was a way to make these people understand this disease they really have no clue.
Thats my rant this disease needs more awareness its a killer but far too many people dont know about it even now. I have always had to explain what it is. Good to find you guys who know what its about.
Thanks for being here Hope I can join in and maybe help others in some way.
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