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Re: Newbie user
Aug 21, 2011
[QUOTE=FOXYBHOY;4820874]:dizzy: Hi I am new here and looking for some advice. I was diagnosed with COPD about 8-9 years ago, but sure i had it for a while before and just thought it was a smokers cough. Thought no more about it thinking oh well it's just another name for smokers cough and been smoking 50 a day since then. Took it the getting out of breath was just part of being a smoker and getting older. Never really noticing as i just cut my work rate down to what i could manage. I have always worked in the building trade I am now 54 years old and been unemployed for a year (been looking for driving jobs) because that's about all I could do breathing wise. I often have chest infections and am always coughing and bringing up phlegm. A couple of weeks ago I started fainting. I faint one or two times a day, but at the start it was 4-5 times a day. No savings left, no sign of being able to find work soon. Thinking I should be taking this COPD a bit more seriously now. Any clues as to how this might progress would be of help. Not been near a doctor since it was diagnosed until 6 months ago and doctor really has no interest.[/QUOTE]

Foxy, my mother has or is in the late stages of COPD, so while im no expert i have a fair idea of this illness.
So, i really hope you have stopped the smoking, if not do it now.
Also the faiting could be down to low O2 levels. You should get a finger pulse oximeter to check your oxygen stats.. This is very important.
The one thing you must do now is follow up with your doctor. COPD will only get worse over time, but their is medication to help you breath better and also to stop getting chest infections. ( my mom is on this new drug just been given approval by the FDA ) If you get pneumonia then you will certainly do more damage to your lungs.
Im from the UK, and their are a lot of support groups and services to help people with copd ( im not sure about the US, but i would expect the same )
So please go and see a doctor and start getting treated for this.

Best of luck and if you have any other questions i will do my best to answer.

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