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Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD Message Board

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Dear D,
If he found emphysema,and if you smoke,stop right now.I made the mistake of not keeping up on my health.Being a carpenter,hard working kept me pretty much strong and fit.Then I started feeling like I was losing my strength.Getting short of breath carrying lumber across the site.Finally I went in by my bosses needling and the doctor gave me some antibotics to stop a chest congestion blockage.Took them for about a month and went back in to follow up and didn't feel better.So he sent me to get a chest x-ray and my whole life changed from that moment.I had not just emphysema,but a rather severe case of it.He then sent me to go get a spirometry done which lets us know just how bad it was.Well,I had then 25% of my total lung capacity.That was 6 years ago.I now have a lung capacity of under 13%.I am in the final stage which is stage 4.I have to tell you D,Take this disease serious because it is the 4th leading killer in the USA.This disease is terminal.You will die from this disease if you don't take it seriously.If you are still young,and don't smoke,you can last maybe 25 years.I am only 43 years young and will not make it to see 45.I pray to God for you and everyone else out here that has to deal with this horrid lifesucking disease.
God Bless You All,

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