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... Hello, I am a college student and my mom had just told me that my dad has been diagnosed with emphesyma. He is 47 and has been smoking since he was a kid. Now he quit cigs, but I am worried for him. I do not really know what is going to happen and if one who is diagnosed still lives a normal life. My mom just told me, and I have yet to speak with him about it. I am... (2 replies)
... I'm not sure reading your post was a good idea for me. My husband has genetic emphesyma that causes emphesyma in the lower lobes of the lungs and the docs said he would need a double lung transplant in 5-10 years. Well, this is year 10!!! We've been living with A1AT for 10 years now!!! I can't live if he dies!!! Sometimes I think it's not good to tell everything. :( (8 replies)
... Hallucinating is common in late stage emphesyma, sleeping issue sounds likely to be medication. (7 replies)

... What is the most effective inhaler for last stage emphesyma? Patient is on Advair and oxygen but is having problem staying awake & at time has hallucinations. Is this a side effect of Advair or a symptom of emphesyma? Thanks. (7 replies)
How common is it?
Feb 29, 2008
... I'm resurrecting the old thread again. My mom called yesterday in tears. It seems they found something in my stepdad's lung or lungs. I don't think they asked enough questions. He smoked since he was 11 or 12 years old and just quit a few months ago. He's always coughed. But lately, mom says it's been pretty persistent, so they went to the doc. He said before he treats my... (91 replies)
... Thanks for your response (2 replies)
... Your dad did the best thing he could by quitting smoking. Most of us aren't diagnosed with emphysema until we are in our 50s or 60s, so hopefully it was caught early enough that it can be controlled with meds/inhalers. Since he quit smoking, his disease shouldn't progress--provided he doesn't get a severe infection or other complications. Unfortunately the damage can't be... (2 replies)
... 2catfans....you are welcome!! dont be so discouraged with the sound of only having 30% lung function. Thats great that it has remained the same for the last 10 years! When my dad was diagnosed in Dec '99...he had 36% lung function...in July 2004, it had went down to 21%.....I am not certain what it was when he was practically living at the hospital....(it started in... (8 replies)
... My husband died of emphysema 17 years ago. He wasn't feeling very well and had a doctor's appt. and the doctor decided to put him in the hospital for treatment before things got any worse. Things did get worse - he was having so much trouble breathing and he could hardly eat anything because it just wore him out to chew his food. He finally went into intensive care with a... (8 replies)
... Thanks,and thanks for asking about my hubby! He has 30% use of his lungs right now which is the same as 10 years ago. He isn't a canidate for transplant because is his healthy and not on O2 or homebound. Basically, to be a canidate for transplant he has to be almost dead but healthly enough to withstand the surgery. Besides, the odds of survival aren't very good right now,... (8 replies)
... I am so sorry about you reading what I have posted...but the original poster asked if anyone had any experience with this...and I did...so I wanted to share my story, so that others may learn from my experience. But.....your husband has something going for him that my dad didnt....when dad was diagnosed in Dec '99...they told us then that he was not a good candidate for ANY... (8 replies)
... you are welcome. you know, with patients that are terminal...they KNOW they are going to die.....they just dont know WHEN. I just dont see torturing the patients when they are in their last days....this is the way I felt...and still feel towards the dr telling my dad....."why would the dr want to go in and "gloat" to the patient that they only have a few hours to live????"... (8 replies)
... Thanks ladybug. Your reply does help. I was totally against the Dr & Hospice telling my bro that he was dying but they had to give their speech. Now everytime he is given a pill he wants to know how long it will take him to die. His brain is shutting down because of lack of oxygen & they have taken him off all breathing treatments. He's still on oxygen but the look in... (8 replies)
... my father died of emphysema last march 17th. i am certain that its different with different people, but i will tell you how things went. first of all, he had been in the hospital..but after about 4 days, they released him, even though we didnt feel comfortable with that...as his bp was 174/94...but they said it was fine!! (HUH??)....a few days later, we took him back to the... (8 replies)
... If you have, would you share with me what their last days were like? I don't mean to sound morbid but I'm watching someone in their final days & it is heart wrenching. I would like to know what was done to comfort them. It's getting to be more than I can bear. Thanks. (8 replies)
Vitamin b12 & COPD
Feb 25, 2006
... I'm sorry to hear of your family member in the end stage of emphesyma. My hubby has a genetic disease, Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, that causes emphesyma in the lower lobes of the lungs. ... (2 replies)
Vitamin b12 & COPD
Feb 24, 2006
... Have any of you heard that vit B-12 might be helpful in people that have no energy who suffer with COPD? I have a family member in last stage emphesyma that can't stand anymore w/o help. I'm searching for help. Thanks. (2 replies)
... They were asking about the side effects of Advair and I have the "medifact" sheet on all of our meds. My hubby has Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and takes a weekly IV of Prolastin, uses inhalers Advair 250/50, Provental HFA twice a day and as needed, and Spireva, and takes Theo 24 400mg and Vit C 2000 mg/ day. (7 replies)
... These are almost the same side effect of carbon dioxide retention. I hope you have talked with Dr. Advair as the only med is not sufficient. Most of us are taking at least 3 different kinds of inhalers. Let us know what is happening. (7 replies)
... Pulmonary Rehab taught us that hallucinations are usually caused by not getting enough O2. This is what the "medifacts" sheet (we get one with every refill) says that Advair's (250/50) side effects are: hoarseness, throat irritation, headache, cough, dry mouth or throat. Serious side effects: weight gain, vision changes, trouble sleeping, tremors. Very serious side... (7 replies)




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