... I think your Dr. is dismissing how badly you feel, and not getting the point. If the Proair inhaler is helping some, a steroid inhaler added to it would probably help more. It works locally on the bronchial tubes to reduce inflammation and prevent the symptoms if used on a regular basis, not like a rescue inhaler that works right away on the bronchial spasm. I couldn't tell if... (8 replies)
... i was diagnosed with empheysema 8 years ago but didn't quit smoking until 4 years ago .I do use the vape electronic cigarette which my doctor said my lungs sound clear and strong but i get short of breath a lot lately . some say its the weather but im wondering.does anyone else have this problem (0 replies)
... I have a rather complicated case and not sure where to start. My 67-yr-old mother is on O2 by day and on CPAP at night as a result of diminished lung function. She does not have COPD or emphysema, as would be expected due to the fact that she smoked for many years.
When my mom was 13, she underwent spinal fusion surgery for her severe scoliosis, which required removal of... (0 replies)
... I will make a long story short. Been smoking about 40 years diagnosed with COPD and Bullous Emphysema a long while back. Anyway started coughing up streaks of blood and having some pain in upper left chest. ... (0 replies)
... I was recently diagnosed with mild emphysema. I have not smoked in over 10 years and am not around second hand smoke or pollution. I was wondering if anyone else is in the same situation and do you know if since I do not smoke and do not have other exposure can the progression stop? I have many family members that have COPD and carry around oxygen tanks. I am hoping I do... (1 replies)
... I am 81 years have had emphysema since I was in my 50's, I quite smoking when I was 61, so years ago, so it you stop you can last a long time but keep it up and you will not make it much past 71 or 72, quit now and give your self a long life (2 replies)
... I have copd iam 57 quit smoking 5 yrs,i get very winden,bending over,up steps,walking yeally short of breath,my aunt just died of emphysema it was a terrible death not being able to breathe she gasphed for air so bad then died of heart failure, Rick (2 replies)
... oh wow, it's a difficult situation you're in. To put it basically, you can't help your dad. he has a lifetime of being the way he is, and now he's very sick. he'll never get better in the way that his lungs will improve, and basically I can only imagine it to feel like having asthma all the time with a feeling of suffocation. My mom died of lung cancer...I have asthma, and... (1 replies)
... ll continue to be. And I guess how long he will be around for, I never have any idea weather he has a month left or 6 years, and thats hard. And what is death by Emphysema like? ... (1 replies)
... Hi y'all! This is my first post here and my husband has recently be diagnosed with Emphysema and large bullae in both lungs. ... (2 replies)
... He developed pnemonia and went to the ER at the hospital. They did chest xrays and found he had emphysema and doc told me his lungs are severely damaged. ... (0 replies)
Last month I was downgraded from Moderate to Severe COPD/Emphysema. Also, I've just been prescribed O2 therapy to boot. It's a bummer. I'm still employeed, and I finally have a job I really enjoy, but this O2 therapy (although desperately needed) is going to eventually put a strain on my employment situation. I'm only 60 years old, but I did smoke for over 40 years.... (6 replies)
... Did the doctor say how bad your emphysema is? ... (8 replies)
... Three weeks ago my Doctor told me that i have Emphysema,i'm still smoking and i know that i need to stop but it is sooo hard. I've been smoking since i was 13 and i'm now 56. They need to take the chemicals out of all these cancer sticks, then i'm sure it would be easier for a lot of people to stop. (8 replies)
... That doesn't explain why emphysema continues to worsen after the cause is removed. There is obviously something which is present which continues to attack the lungs, and worsen the condition. ... (4 replies)
... mom is 79 with advanced emphysema & weighs 80#'s. Just completed hospital visit & left with CO2 levels in 80% range. She is on 24/7 oxygen at 2.5 liters. If oxygen removed, her level with drop to 40-50% pretty quickly. Doctors advised us to bring her home with hospice. I know that only the Lord above knows when her time will end, but I would appreciate just hearing your... (2 replies)
... If you look at a section of a normal lung it looks like a tight sponge, with all the little holes very close by. Emphysema lungs are like a sponge that has been ripped apart or stretched if you get my meaning. They will still work but very poorly. ... (4 replies)
... What is true is that doctors, even self professed "experts" on emphysema and COPD do NOT know why it continues to worsen after smoking cessation. ... (4 replies)
... I'm glad to hear you are doing well!
Generics are available in other countries, but not in the US. Matter of fact, other than the vials of albuterol for your nebulizer, NONE of the good lung medicines are generic. It's a problem.
Use the nebulizer no more than needed. It's a great way to open the lungs, but it works better if you don't use it all the time. In a... (5 replies)
... than that, I feel fine just as before this attack, no pain and only a little short of breath which I have been for years. I hope stopping smoking can curb this emphysema so it doesn't get any worse. A doctor told me 10 years ago "anyone who smokes even a littlel has a bit of emphysema", they just don't know it. My insurance co. ... (5 replies)