... I am a 53 year old female. I was a pack a day smoker for 36 years and quit with the help of Chantix in September 2007. In the last 12 months breathing has become a huge challenge and just earlier this week my pulmonologist diagnosed me with advanced copd-emphysema (after scans of my lungs and all kinds of other testing). I was started on oxygen and will also be starting... (7 replies)
... Sorry, COPD is nasty and now we learn it can be avoided. ... (7 replies)
... All of us with COPD are different. ... (7 replies)
... I wonder what led to your need for O2? Did you have pneumonia, bronchitis, etc?. I had many bouts of what they called bronchitis, that was really MAC. Have they treated you with antibiotics? Do your scans show scarring, or old scars, suggestive of previous disease? My COPD, emphysema had not neccessitated a need for O2, and I did well with just the use of a combivent... (7 replies)
... Dear Mamaflo, I am 66, female, and quit smoking last year, after I was told that I had a lesion on my lung, that appeared to be cancer. They did a biopsy, and it turned out to be MAC, and I have been on antibiotics for almost a year. I was dxed with COPD, when I was 55, and continued to smoke, up to 3 packs a day. It has been 10 months since I quit, and I am off O2, and... (7 replies)
... If you have COPD I don't think they will try guess how long you will live unless you are really far advanced. ... (8 replies)
... MAC is an abreviation for myobacterium avium centrex. A biopsy gave me the dx, and the disease is why I needed the O2. I am still on antibiotics(have been for a year) and will continue for another 6 months. I have good and bad days, but, just not needing the O2 makes me happy. Take care and God Bless, Peggy (7 replies)
... Peg....what is MAC stand for? thank you... (7 replies)
Thanks for your response.
I'm going on 2 years since I quit smoking and I've still wanted one everyday until my doctor officially dx me with emphysema, now I want those nasty "babies" to stay as far from me as possible.
I'm really down about needing to be hooked up to Oxygen.
I'm really sorry to hear about your situation too but I'm encouraged to hear that you... (7 replies)
... I was diagnosed with COPD consisting of emphysema and asthma about three years ago. The doc said I would deteriorate and not be able to walk down the street in a few years. ... (6 replies)
... I understand how you are thinking. I felt the same way when I was diagnosed with COPD. I have decided that no matter whether I live to be 100 or I die tomorrow, I want to make each day the very best that it can be. I don't have tomorrow and I don't want to miss out on anything today. Just keep on taking one day at a time. You will be feeling much better that way. Jackie (6 replies)
... 83 year old man diagnosed with COPD in advanced stages, on oxygen 24/7, with lung cancer and undergoing radiation treatment, my question: coughing up phlegm has gone from light pink to dark red, what does this mean? (2 replies)
... don't need medications for it at this time, don't worry about it. There's a drug out there called Spiriva, that is supposed to help people with moderate and more advanced Copd...but my Pulmonary doctor says I shouldn't be on it yet...to wait tillI need it. Also, if your doctor says you need to take a certain medication, do it. ... (10 replies)
... Emphysema is advanced COPD. To determine if that is exactly what a patient has, the patient would have to undergo specialized tests. Probably in a hospital. ... (2 replies)
... is a genetic protein deficiency that leads to early onset of advanced emphysema in young adults regardless of smoking history. You can google Alpha1. ... (22 replies)
... O my gosh, I am so sorry to hear about what is going on with you and your family right now. My sister and I just found out that my mom has end stage copd earlier this week after a terrible episode of shortness of breath. ... (5 replies)
... My sister has advanced emphysema and SHE doesn't have these constant cramps. I can't find anything on the net that really describes it. ... (3 replies)
... Debbie, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. COPD is such a horrible, slow disease. My MIL did quit smoking, but only 1. ... (3 replies)
... I was just wondering if she is maybe in the advanced stage. She's still drives and goes to the store when she's feeling 'ok' but that's not very often. ... (3 replies)
... She's only 78-82% saturated on room air and the doctor told her to only use oxygen when she's short of breath. Eesh.
There is a concern for her that she might begin to hypoventilate if she's getting too much oxygen (since hypoxia is probably her only drive to breathe as being a co2 retainer co2 has no effect on her drive to breathe anymore) but with saturations in the... (7 replies)