I appear to be suffering from a surfeit of initials :?
I’m a bit puzzled. I know I have very mild asthma. I have one puff of my brown inhaler morning and night. When I get a cold it might go up to two and I might need to use the blue inhaler which is almost invariably out of date by then :roll:
Recently I’ve had a nasty cold which centred more on my larynx than my chest but our surgery were currently referring for chest x-ray anyone who’d had a cough for more than two weeks so off I went. My cold’s now on the wane but yesterday, when I went to sort out more anti-bios, the doc said, in passing, “You have been told you have COPD, haven’t you?” “Yes” I said and left.
On the way home I thought “B*gg*r. Wrong set of initials.” :roll: No-one had ever told me I had COPD. A couple of years ago my ‘stomach problems’ ( hiatus hernia, inflammation of the oesophagus, past ulcers and erosion of the stomach lining) were re-defined as GORD. That’s what I was thinking of.
It got more confusing when the postman came and delivered a letter, written by the same doc, telling me my chest x-ray was ‘normal’. (Normal? A first
It wouldn’t matter but for the fact that I have to get my travel insurance. Futile to lie as then I might not be covered for something I could need. But, and here’s what I’d like to know:
1. Is it possible to have COPD with only mild symptoms of asthma?
2. Is it likely that, with COPD, a chest x-ray would show ‘normal’?
“There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken