I have gotten pneumonia at least 2 times a year for the last 3 years. Had a chest x-ray in March, and then my Dr. quit. Was feeling Exhausted, sick and tired last week, was getting short of breath so found a new Dr. in same practice. She pulled up my chest x-ray, and confirmed the COPD my old Dr. didn't tell me about. Was tested for the Covid 2 times in 3 days, and the Flu. All came back Negative. She said my lungs exacerbated, and caused an infection and that once I feel 100% or close to it to come back for breathing tests. She prescribed an inhaler, and antibiotics.
I need to stop smoking, change diet, exercise.. I don't know where to start! I work home health full time. I leave home before 8 am, get home after 5 pm. Online searches led me here. What can I expect? What do I do? I've been tired for months, and had no clue why till this.
I had thought it was all because of 3 funeral 2 weeks apart since Sept. The last was my 93 yo grandmother in October. Advice would be welcome. My husband doesn't understand the tired. He just keeps telling me to stop smoking, and to go to bed earlier. Like that helps! It actually makes me want to smoke more.... which is BAD. I feel lost, and now a lot of things my body has been feeling for a while make sense. Just don't know what to do or where to start. Can't go back to Dr. till January, at the earliest.. and that's if I feel better. Also need to ask if she can pull up the EKG results I should have had from my old Dr. in March, but again, he did not share anything with me. And after being told about the COPD, I didn't ask her that day.
What the heck are the breathing tests? What is considered good or bad on those? So confused.