Trying understand my COPD diagnosis!

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I gave up smoking 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with COPD 10 months ago. My spirometry test just basically said that there was a "severe obstruction" there was no mention from my Doctor wether I was stage 1,2,3 or4? Can anyone enlighten me as to what stage I may be at? I'm about to turn 56, Im active, I do run out of puff when walking up inclines, talking as Im walking etc, but over all I do pretty good 😊. Any input is greatly appreciated, If you haven't noticed Im an Aussie! Cheers in advance, Maree.

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    Greetings Maree,

    I have COPD and your stage depends upon how much damage has already been done. Testing should reveal just how well your lungs function. In my case I had only 30% remaining and recovery is not possible. The challenge is to live with what remains and not allow it to get worse. 

    I strongly recommend continuing your daily exercise (walking) and to be as active as you can be. Obstruction is often an airway problem, most likely mucus or a bronchial tube restriction, or both.Your Dr. can help you with that part. Personally, I recommend the over the counter remedy "Mucinex" to aid in the mucus battle.

    I hope I've been of some small help and wish you the best of luck.  

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      Thank you Larry49033, Ive just had my medication updated which has made a major improvement! I just find that my GP isnt forthcoming in detailed information in regards to the COPD, might have to grill her next time! Ive also had another health issue to deal with which was more of a priority and she was focused on that as well 😊 cheers Maree

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    Hi the only way to know is to ask your doctor and demand the information.  From what you said though you sound like you are only in stage 1 or 2 which is good news as far as it goes as with meds and leading a healthy lifestyle you have every chance of not progressing or not progressing much,  

    If you think you have a chest infection or an exacerbation it is important you seek help promptly as these can further damage your lungs.  Many doctors will give you ab's and maybe steroids to keep at home in case of holidays or when you can't get to the doctors straightaway.  This is called a rescue pack.  x

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    Hi mare, also in Australia, it is very difficult to negotiate the copd ins and outs, think as the others that you in the early stages, so keep up the good work. Also diagnosed in my 50s am now in70s and at stage 4. So it is a very slow mover but has a lot of adjustments attached to it throughout the different stages. Keeping fit and positive are the two that will help you the most. Kindest thoughts
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