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I Have Copd

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    Need Advice :( I just recieved a copd diagnosis

    & I'm scared :( I am a 41yr old single mother of 4. I'm not a smoker, suffered from a misdiagnosed cough since 2000 which has now caused permeated esophagus disease, I'm getting over my 2nd round of pneumonia in the past year, I've been self employed since 99 with a daycare out...
    freedspirit12 freedspirit12 41-45, F 6 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    A Wake Up Call

    After learning that my dad had COPD I went to school for respiratory therapy. I became a respiratory therapist and after years of my father smoking I finally convinced him to quit. Sadly only a few short months later he suffered a stroke at my wedding. Although I have helped many...
    smokefree smokefree 22-25 3 Responses Mar 10, 2012

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    My Mother Needs Help!

    My mum has severe COPD she was signed off work as she couldnt carry on> theyve now releived her completely so is now unemployed :( Shes finding it hard to make ends meet financially and cant seem to find a job that will A) take her on with her illness and B) one that she can...
    Theodorelove Theodorelove 26-30 Mar 27, 2012

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    Copd & Asthma

    Hello everyone, I was diagnosed with COPD/Asthma 6 years ago. I had smoked 2.5 packs per day for 30 years and quit 3 days prior to diagnosis.I was recently released from a week in the hospital with double pneumonia (my first exacerbation). I have been using Advair and...
    ghaag ghaag 56-60, F 2 Responses Nov 25, 2009

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    11 Years With Copd

    Hi I have had copd for 11 years I have been in intensive care twice I am on 5 liters of oxygen 24 hours a day, this has been so hard I know that it's only been prayers that have kept me alive this long and I still want to keep living because I have my grandkids to think about and...
    gyma gyma 61-65, F Jul 22, 2013

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    The Story Of My Life, The Life With Copd...and Truely Saddest Thing Ever..

    Hi, Iam a 44 year old woman and was diagnosed with COPD back on Feb. 8, 2003,( The Saddest Day Of My Life). Back in 2003 My kids called 911 and went into the ER I was so sick and in so much pain worse then having a baby really and truly I thought I was dying, I had a Heart...
    Tweetybird2012 Tweetybird2012 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 3, 2013

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    Fight The Fight

    I have had pneumonia before, But this one just kicked my butt. I thought I was going to end up in the hospital. I made it this time. It really hurt to breath. My body hurt all over. What made this time worse is because I had to drive over 400 miles. over the weekend. so just...
    comotimmys comotimmys 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2009

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    I Have Copd

    Hi my name is Linda and diagnoised with copd in 2008, but new I had sob for a long time.  Instead of going out on disability  I retired because I was having problems with sob.  I have been hospital and intubated and it seems that everything that comes down the road I catch...
    linhop2002 linhop2002 61-65 3 Responses Jan 8, 2012

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    Copd And Smoking

    What I find interesting about COPD and stop smoking is that finding out I have COPD is that it is a nicotine trigger. After finding that out all I want to do to deal with this is to have a smoke. Figure that one out.
    I8UOUT I8UOUT 56-60 2 Responses Apr 15, 2011

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    Didn'T Think I'D Make It This Long

    This month I will be 70. I have known about having COPD for 15 years, shortly after I conquered by 40 year smoking habit. I probably had it longer, but attributed my shortness of breath to being a smoker. Thought it would go away when I quit. It didn't. I quit after finishing a...
    laura1111 laura1111 70+, F 2 Responses Feb 4, 2013

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    With Copd Is Anyone Having This Symptom? Family Smoking Problem. Need Input!!!

    I was told I have mild copd and I do have a problem in conversations. I run out of air and sometimes cannot finish my sentence. But the symptom that is bothering me the most is this....when I lay down to go to sleep my chest feels shaky and it feels like I might not be breathing...
    PattiOhio PattiOhio 51-55 3 Responses Jan 9, 2011

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    Nothing We All Didn't Know Before

    I was just given a swat to the head the other day in the hospital after going in for a super bad cough that made my stomach muscles feel like they were going to pull away from my ribs. I was actually in tears trying to tell the doctor what I was going through. After xrays..guess...
    repfam repfam 46-50 Jan 2, 2013

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    Copd And I Feel So Alone Just Need A Cuddle :-(

    Hi I'm 45 male got copd can't work much I was a kitchen fitter / bathroom fitter but now don't do much , I been with my partner for 15 years and since I got this it seems she don't want to be with me anymore so I'm on the sofa every nite so alone , it feels like this is my coffin...
    Kbadboys2 Kbadboys2 46-50, M 2 Responses Jan 31, 2013

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    Have Condenser And Portable Liquid Dispenser To Give

    Hello everyone,I feel like a jerk writing on here when I do not have COPD.  For that I apologize.  I am the surviving daughter to a woman who struggled with COPD.  She was a smoker her whole life, born in 1940, a time when smoking was not only cool, but actually sophisticated...
    cleais cleais 36-40 2 Responses Jun 9, 2011

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    I'm new here,. and afraid.

    I am not the one diagnosed. It's my "father figure". My brother in law,.(64) 16 years older than I, was diagnosed with COPD last year. He was already disabled at home on disability due to heart issues for the past ten years or so. He has always been the most reliable...
    2nddaughter 2nddaughter 46-50 1 Response Feb 27

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    Living Day To Day With Copd

    Hello Everyone,I'm 73 yrs.old and have been living with COPD for the last six years. It's a hell on earth. Had I only known how bad it would be I would have quit smoking ten years ago when the doctors told me to quit. I quit a fifty three year habit six years ago overnight when...
    jl1940 jl1940 70+ 1 Response Apr 16, 2012

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    Was told end of august I have copd.

    Knew very little about. Went to specialist for tests, stopped smoking. New meds, felt better. Slowly started smoking again bout a month ago. Just had follow up from sept. Testing and found out I have stage 3, severe copd. Was kind of shocked, had accepted I had it, but not that...
    lmt9 lmt9 51-55, F 2 Responses Jan 24

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    "Newbie" Here!.......

    Hi there, I have just turned 37 and I have been diagnosed with Mild COPD. I have had a hacking cough for 5 years and put on 6 stone in the same time as I went from being very fit and always exercising to doing nothing. I was told my cough was due to Acid Reflux by numerous...
    Trezzie Trezzie 31-35 4 Responses Oct 4, 2013

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    Empathy Helps You Realise You Are Truly Not Alone

    Hi my name is natalie and I am a 33 year old mother of four.  I am still coming to terms with the diagnosis and still struggling to give up smoking.  I was admitted to hospital last year in intensive care with carbon monoxide poisoning and I am really beating myself up over...
    justamum justamum 31-35, F 4 Responses Feb 13, 2012

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    I Have Copd

    I am a 42 yr wife of 25 years, mother of 3 and have 1 granddaughter. I was told I had copd 4 yrs ago. I am ox dependent and steriod dependent. I have been on life support 3 times. I decided to have a DNR the last time i was on life support. I have had two strokes while on life...
    thrufaith17 thrufaith17 41-45 2 Responses Mar 31, 2011

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    Feeling Alone :/

    hi everyone im 21 years old and was diagnosed with final stage copd 12 months ago , i have contracted the disease after having swine flu therefore medications which usually slow the process down aint working ,  my kidneys are now failing as a results of the medication and my...
    lizzie21 lizzie21 18-21 10 Responses Oct 15, 2010

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    Take At Away

    Every day I wish I could go back to work. My Meds. are getting to expense it's getting to much. At times I feel like I am in a paper bag and can't get out. Every time I climb up I just can't get that grip. What I really want to do sometimes is just stay in  that bag. Know...
    comotimmys comotimmys 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 1, 2009

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    Frustrated

    I am a 54 year old women who smoked for 24 years. I have had asthma all my life. I was diagnosed with COPD in 2004. I was already in the sever stage when diagnosed. I am on several meds to keep me where I can breath but have been told there is nothing more they can  do for...
    brendav brendav 51-55 2 Responses Oct 9, 2008

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    Hi All, 44 Nearly 45 And Stuck At Home

    Good Afternoon all, just few words I am a father of 4,married 15 years to a angel in my eyes. I was diagnosed with copd stage 3 in 208 and took off the big roads doc said I couldn't work anymore. I waited a while and learned what I could about copd. then filed for disability and...
    shadowman68 shadowman68 46-50 1 Response May 8, 2013

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    Dont Smoke

    Ihave copd too Iam a retired army 1stsgt 30 year man in 97 was told I had the startings of copd I quit smoking two years ago iam taking the two best and most costly inhaled drugs the va can get me thank god in my case its all free I was told by my head doctor on my bday in...
    1stsgt 1stsgt 61-65 4 Responses Aug 28, 2008

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    I Was Diagnosed About Four Years Ago..............

     I took it lightly. As  I do much of my health disorders.  I was given an Albuterol prescription, as well as another that I can't even recall  the name of because it was to be used twice a day, and is a steroid. So, needless to say, I didn't use it at all...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 11, 2009

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    Why Must I Live With This Nasty Lung Disease..(copd)

    Today is June 24, 2013 around 2:45 pm, sitting here all alone like I have been for the last 10 years with this Disease I hate it, it makes me so darn misable, so down on myself, sad, and most of all very lonely in this cold world I live in. I sit here day in and day out swelling...
    Tweetybird2012 Tweetybird2012 41-45, F Jun 24, 2013

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    Talk to Me!

    Hi, How we all doing,and feeling today.I have shared with Trusso, What I had to said, was just that we all need each other, For support and comfort, The comments I have shared have not yet been answered, I know I could use someone to share with, someone to say it will be ok...
    comotimmys comotimmys 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 5, 2009

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    Hi, this is my first public post in conjunction

    with COPD. I have had a apathetic attitude towards the progression if COPD, until I was reunited to my son and daughter in the first time in over 30 years. I practically needed nitro myself when my son send friend request. Suddenly I have a son and daughter and ten grandchildren...
    cruisejsm cruisejsm 51-55 May 22

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    Changed Forever

    Feb. of 2008, I was told I had COPD at 45% severe stage. Coughing, weezing,lot of touble breathing.now on alot of meds. In Nov. of 2008 I started having serzures. they are still tring to fined the right meds. for that I also have two sliped dics in C5 and C6, C6 and C7. I don...
    comotimmys comotimmys 46-50, F Jul 25, 2009

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    67 With Copd 2 Years Then At 58 Percent In 2011

    Quit smoking April 11 2011, retired, take spivera daily since then. I had pneumonia in September 2013, and found out my oxygen level gets really low when I move to around 86 88. I have an appt with a pulmonary doctor Nov 13. I will see if it has progressed or what? Anybody...
    akoceanview akoceanview 61-65 1 Response Oct 27, 2013

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    My Copd Pity Party

    I am a 59 year old woman, diagnosed 4 yrs, ago with stage 4 COPD. It definitely is a rough road to navigate. I honestly can't tell you the last time I actually felt good. Like most of you, I am sure...are probably on steroids. Well, they keep me breathing, but have caused so...
    chickenchit chickenchit 56-60 4 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    I don't have COPD, but a mebmer in my family,

    so i don't know, where to place better. It's the uncle from my mother, but I have never seen him before, my mother and her father had a lot of fun with him and as I met him a few weeks ago, i began to like him. He is an very impressive person and it makes me sad to know that he...
    plutoniumoxid plutoniumoxid 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 22

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    I Have Copd

    I smoked for nearly 40 years. One or two packs a day (usually two) smoking replaced eating, drinking, sleeping in fact just about anything. I just liked smoking, I wanted to smoke, I needed to smoke. Adverts telling me that I could die of cancer didn't deter me, no-one in my...
    ynot4 ynot4 56-60, M Jul 18, 2012

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    Terrified And Alone - Help - Need Words Of Advice

    I was diagnosed with COPD in 2010 and I am 49 yrs old. My mother died at age 59 and my sister died at age 45 both from COPD. I have four other family members with the same diagnosis but I'm told it is not hereditary. But anyway, I am a homeowner and realizing my COPD is...
    Katshe64 Katshe64 46-50 5 Responses Jul 30, 2013

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    Me Too

    I have COPD was told in 2005 on 7 med's some 2xa day and some 4x a day.It's so hard at times I just wish I could hide and get away from it.I have 35 % of my lung's working .oh well it won't get any better !!
    DAC1961 DAC1961 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 5, 2009

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    I don't know how I let this happen and my heart wants to be hopeful but reality just doesn't make it seem likely! We live half a world apart and every opposite in our social...
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    That's what I've been most complimented on. I used to work at a call center and customers I'd talk to would say stuff like "you have wonderful diction and speak so clearly." Or the...
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