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For a while I've been having breathing problems, I have had adult onset asthma for many years and thought it might just be getting worse. I had a spirometry test (which my nurse has been avoiding for a while) on Tuesday just gone and my breathing was ok before the test. This test was horrible and I couldn't breathe out long enough without terrible straining as the nurse kept saying keep going, keep going. She diagnosed severe COPD and I've been given Spireva and that was it, no referrals anywhere else or any help with anything. Since coming home after the test I couldn't breathe properly and am still like this, with pounding headache and feeling faint. I went back yesterday and the nurse said I was hyperventilating which is not true as I don't let myself get like that as I will just keel over, so her attitude is not helpful. The GP came in and said he wanted me to see a thoracic specialist and I have an appointment in May to see them but I also have thickened mucosal linings in my sinuses and they are heavily inflamed so nose breathing is difficult and I'm waiting to see an ENT doctor for solutions. Spireva is like;ly to make me worse as I react badly to a lot of medicines with throat swelling, facial blisters and breathing made worse so I'm reluctant to move on to the Spireva - my nurse just poo poohed the idea that i'd react despite knowing my history of drug reactions. My main question though is have I just inflamed all my chest area because of the spirometry and is it likely to settle down, if so, how long or has the test damaged my chest beyond repair as I definitely was not this bad before the test. I have never smoked (except passively as a child due to chain smoking parents)and I'm a 47 year old female who also has scoliosis so my ribcage is twisted too. I can't believe this test has made me so unswell and all the things I had planned for this wek have had to be cancelled because I feel so unwell. My practice nurse also said the test said I had the lungs of a 140 year old, f so surely I would be dead. Can anyone advise please?
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