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Yesterday I had the wind knocked out of my sails with the moderate COPD diagnosis.
Can't tell you any of my spirometry levels yet, not till I see my GP tomorrow. We have a respiratory nurse at our surgery who after the test sent me home with various inhalers.
I have been getting progressively more breathless for years but have always blamed this on the acid reflux that I suffer.( GERD ) No matter what I have tried the acid comes up & backlogs into my ' tubes ' at night.
After a bad attack the breathlessness would increased very slightly.
I have had this problem for about 10 - 12 years & taken all sorts of medications. .....
Only been with this GP for about 1 year. Last year needed a shoulder joint injection, which worked very well.
Since Christmas I was found to have a high B/P, blood tests last week showed high Hb level ( Haemaglobin) the GP & I discussed polycythaemia etc....... that was when I again mentioned the breathlessness. Hence the full spirometry test.
I hate to admit .......... I was a smoker , but gave up almost 17 yrs ago.
I have found endless pages of information on COPD, all of which tells you ....that once smoking has ceased the condition can improve a little.
None of my family or friends smoke, & I live in the country side.
Last week I was in Cornwall. Stayed in Mevagissey. The gardens at Heligan were just a bit too much, and it was at the end of that day that my feet for the first time were a little puffy, the Eden project was easier. Both were fantastic. Feet normal again.
We retired in July 08, and plan many holidays now that the cottage we bought is fully restored. My name is Jo, I'm married & grandmother,
Thanks for putting up with my ramblings.
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