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After having bronchitis for 3 months I was diagnosed with COPD, with medication the infection cleared, now I have a very dry cough, does this mean the COPD is on the mend?

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    helo Alison, sorry to hear bout your troubles. I think once you have copd you have it for life.  most people who have copd deal with it in different ways, just try to learn as much about it as you can, then you canwork out whats best for you. I'm no doctor but have learned a lot in the two years I have hade this horrible disease.    good luck and best wishes

    brian

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      Hi Brian, Thanks for you note, you say you have had this for 2 years, has it got worse in this time? how has it developed?

      Alison

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      helo Alison, it was just comeing up to my 68th birthday I was letting the dog out and my lung collapsed rushed to hospital, it happened a few times and then I had an op to take away part of damaged lung, I am left with stage 3 empherseyma, but I'm ok I keep active as much as possible and the puffs and meds help, just remember not to listen to doom and gloom merchants and don't take any notice of some of the websites they can be very frightening, 

      good luck

      brian

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    Sounds like you need an inhaler of some sort, or a different one. It can take several weeks for them to start working.
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      I was put on a mebulizer and several different inhalers, the mucus cough has gone now a very dry hacking cough, is this how it progresses?
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      Brian is right: we are all different. I have a chat with my pulmo's nurse any time that I am coughing over nebs & inhalers. Or now that I'm used to things, if I am certain it's not an infection or a need for med change, I use a cough drop or a bit of honey.

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    Allison, everyone is different and I can only speak for myself, I was told by hospital that the copd empherseyma had been in my lungs for a few years before I had the bad turn, I would say the cough is always there but sometimes worse than others

    best wishes brian

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    Hi unfortunately copd isn't curable and the disease is progressive.  Having said that it normally only progresses very slowly especially if you look after yourself and lead a healthy lifestyle.  Be lung aware and if you ever think anything is wrong there such as a chest infection seek help asap otherwise this could cause further damage to your lungs.

    Do you know your lung function (FEV1)?  x

     

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    I was diagnosed Stage 2 early in 2017 and was in shock when heard the news. I've never been a smoker but was subjected to second-hand smoke throughout my entire childhood. I've was also born with asthma but my mother was told that I outgrew it around the age of ten. About ten years ago I was at a work health screen and was asked if I had asthma and I replied that I was born with it but was told that I had outgrown it. The nurse practitioner told me that I need to be checked out and that my lung capacity had been diminished. I went to my GP and he prescribed me a rescue inhaler and sent me my way. I'm 45 now and my pulmonologist told me that I've had COPD for quite some time now. I am grateful however that I now know why I'm always out of breath. I always blamed it on being out of shape. My advice is to learn as much as you can about the disease and stay on top of your treatment. I have yet to find an inhaler that works for me but I'm using a Nebulizer twice daily and it seems work the best for me but we are all different. Good luck Alison.

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