I Have Copd

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 115 People

    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
    6 Responses Apr 25, 2012

    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
    2 Responses Jun 9, 2011

    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

    "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
    4 Responses Oct 4, 2013

    I have copd just been told I have 34% of my air

    flow from my lungs working , Would like prayers from everyone to help me stop smoking before it kills me .
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses May 24, 2015

    I am very happy for the responses I have

    received for friendship and sharing my experience with COPD. I will continue to promote Pulmonary Rehab. You maybe surprise at what you can do at home. You don't have to go to a center, it can be practiced at your house.
    einnim einnim
    61-65, F
    3 Responses Dec 27, 2014

    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
    7 Responses Dec 27, 2013

    I am 24 living with COPD,

    I have AAT deficiency.
    nanvalglex nanvalglex
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 2, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2012

    my name is Minnie my diagnose date is 12/2010.

    I'm 3rd stage emphysema (4th stage-end stage). I did well at first, but the disease is progressive. The next thing I know is I am in and out of the hospital, sometimes twice a month. In 2013 from August to December I was in the hospital twice each month with a 5 to 7 day stay...
    einnim einnim
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Dec 26, 2014

    Hi...my name is Judy.

    Seems many feel badly that they have this disease yet continue to smoke. Same here. I started smoking when I was 13 and was hospitalized for asthmatic bronchitis at 16, but continued to smoke 'til I was 30. I quit for 15 years and seemed to have avoided any real ill effects...
    Calcitrant Calcitrant
    61-65, F
    Jan 16, 2016

    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
    1 Response Jan 2, 2013

    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
    10 Responses Oct 15, 2010

    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

    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
    22-25, M
    Jan 22, 2014

    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
    1 Response May 22, 2014

    found out I have copd.

    .. and have only smoked for 10 years.... not a good diagnoses
    xiluvmusicx xiluvmusicx
    31-35, F
    Dec 14, 2014

    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
    3 Responses Mar 10, 2012

    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
    3 Responses Jul 22, 2013

    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
    6 Responses Jan 31, 2013

    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
    4 Responses Jan 8, 2012

    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
    3 Responses Jan 9, 2011

    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
    1 Response May 8, 2013

    I have stage 4 copd meds are not working I find

    it hard to move around I am good sitting or lying down any advice
    ywork49 ywork49
    66-70, M
    Mar 8, 2016

    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
    1 Response Oct 11, 2009

    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
    4 Responses Aug 28, 2008

    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
    4 Responses Feb 4, 2013

    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
    1 Response Feb 27, 2014

    I have COPD in addition to not being able to

    walk due to knee degeneration. I have gained over 100 pounds due to my lack of exercise because I cannot breath. I find that inhalers and nebulisers don't work. Does anybody have any suggestions. I no longer drive, walk, socialize, garden or cook. All I do is remain in a chair...
    lfraven lfraven
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Aug 9, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Nov 25, 2009

    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
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Jan 24, 2014

    Hi, i found out I had it 7 years ago,

    but until a year ago, it wasn't impacting my daily life. I've never been a physically active type. But it has progressed, and have to really pace myself, slow down or sit. I made the decision not to have all the tests, because I tend to obsess. I don't want to focus entirely on...
    EllenF EllenF
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Oct 14, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2011

    I have ILD (interstitial lung disease) it's

    very similar to COPD. I never smoked. Though treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma, between the chemo and radiation I acquired a lung infection that never went away. This infection is eating away my lung tissue. I've had ILD for over 15 years now. With each new year my illness has...
    NekoViolet NekoViolet
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Aug 14, 2015

    I dont know what to do with my COPD all they've

    given me are inhalers,other than that nothing much,i take ibuprofen once in a while to tame the pain,i live in calexico, california,there is no real education about this,the doctor doesnt tell me much,she's my second opinion.can anybody please help?
    nanvalglex nanvalglex
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 14, 2015

    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
    Mar 27, 2012

    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
    7 Responses Feb 13, 2012

    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
    8 Responses Jul 30, 2013

    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
    2 Responses Oct 27, 2013


    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
    3 Responses Oct 9, 2008

    I have just been told I have chronic bronchitis

    / COPD. I'm a little scared. I don't know what to think.
    jaytee66 jaytee66
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Apr 20, 2015
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