Hi. I'm from Australia where most doctors seem to be hopeless with copd.

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That's why I've joined this forum.I was diagnosed with severe copd about 6 weeks ago and prescribed bronchiodilators.Since then I walk 2 hours a day including hill/steps and about 1 hour per day the other 3 days of the week.I have not been short of breath since beginning the inhalers and my coughing has lessened to about twice a day.I cough up about half a teaspoon of gunk per day.I saw a second gp about 3 weeks ago who said the copd must be mild/moderate rather than severe.When I had the original lung function test I had severe bronchitis which had been misdiagnosed(!) for ateast 3 months and I was a very sick girl.Any thoughts on all this?

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    Hi Eleanor, OK what are the problems you have found with GPs as the treatment you have been offered is by all accounts working for you.
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    Hi. you can look around and find plenty of advice here.  You have a funny sort of COPD if you can manage all that hill/step stuff, well done. Can you join an insurance scheme, then go straight to a specialist ? Good luck -  jay
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      Hi Jay,I am a bit perplexed myself!I am going to see a specialist on 20th August so maybe he can shed some light on it.My diagnosis 6 weeks ago was "severe copd."I feel really good after I climb a hill or stairs,as if my lungs have opened up.I saw the lung physiotherapist today who, after treating me said he thought I was a lot better and I didn't need to see him for a fortnight.I was terribly upset after the initial diagnosis and thought I was going to drop dead on the spot,but I seem to be doing lots of stuff now.The bronchodilators are obviously working well.What is your own situation?
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       Hi. I have had chronic bronchial asthma all my life, Symbicort 160 2x daily and occasional Ventilan , halved the dose after buying a saltpipe. They said I had a heart condition years ago and copd, but I ignored that as I was busy. Well the heart thing kicked in and now I eat more drugs, Verapamil 2x daily. Must have been a shock for you. I am slower now bu then never been very fast except when motorised !
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