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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Also known as Alpha 1-antitrypsin Deficiency, Bronchitis - Chronic, COPD, Emphysema, Inhalers for COPD, Smoker's Cough

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    Tips + Know the difference

    If you wish to check further about the different lung conditions to gain a greater understandanding do check out Patient UK pages, just type the condition in the search box top right. Below are three patient UK page links, Asthma, Bronchiectasis and COPD.  Sometimes people group all lung condition...

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  • Confused about oxygen therapy referral

    I have just completed a rehabilitation program, I am 63 and was diagnosed with COPD 6 years ago. I stopped smoking straight away. I'm concerned due to a physio at the rehab said she was referring me for oxygen therapy due to my oxygen levels dropping to 80% following a few minutes exercise. I have...

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  • Lobectomy With Emphysema

    I would like some opinions/ideas on this one.... Diagnosed with emphysema beginning of April this year, classified as ''moderate'', following coughing up a lot of blood. Following a CT scan the hospital noted that I had a lesion/mass on my left lung about 3.35cms long, a CT guided biopsy...

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  • Do I need to be on medication for COPD

    I'm 71 and quit smoking four years ago. I get a bit short of breath going up stairs but quickly recover. Otherwise, the only time I gasp for breath is when I'm pushing a lawn mower. I asked my primary care for a spirometry test which showed moderately severe lung restriction. (FVC 56 percent...

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  • I am 50 yrs old and just had lung surgery

    My left lung collapsed and i had surgery to get the hole stapled shut so that my lung would stay inflated. Yes, test of stuff taken out of my lung confirms emphazima. Doc says right lung is worse than the left and odds are it could do the same at anytime. I am on sick leave from work and plan on returning...

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  • COPD AT 50

    I am a 50 year old married man and have been smoking for the past 35 years, in the past 4 years i noticed that i was getting shortnes of breath but never to much notic and but it down to smoking and getting older, then this last year i felt even more shortness of breath, so i went to my GP who sent...

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  • Help Please! Recently diagnosed with COPD and now I can't sleep.

    Hi, this is my first post. I was diagnosed with stage 2 (moderate) COPD on Oct 1st (FEV1/FVC after bronchodilation = 54.18) .  Six months ago I was reasonably active and virtually free of this disease, and only had the occasional tight chest and breathing problems when I overdid it a bit. ...

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  • Been ill since April

    Back in April i had a very bad chest infection / pneumonia thought i was eventually picking up beginning July then went down hill again can only walk short distances out of breath everything i do had a blood test and thyroid is underactive but doctor wont do anything yet as he s referred me to a cardiologist...

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  • Mom, Lung Cancer and COPD

    My mother 70 has COPD, she was diagnosed years ago.  Last October 2016 she was also diagnosed with Lung Cancer, In December we found out it had spread to lymph nodes.  She was not eligible for any treatment.  The Oncologist estimated 6 Months.  In July she was in hospital and they...

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  • Cure worse than Complaint

    I have COPD (emphysema) and have tried several puffers with little success.  Ventolin seems to have no effect at all, likewise Spiriva.  With the long-acting puffers, the only one that was very helpful was Breo, but this caused blocked and sore sinuses, very painful.  To counteract this,...

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  • My most recent chest xray suggested copd with trapped air.

    Till recently, I lived in an apt which had mold which appeared to be black around yhe shower and ceiling. There was no ventilation. Then 3 months before I moved, there was an odor from the kitchen closet. It was later found to be from a leak and the entire closet was covered in mold both greenish and...

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  • Black things in my mucus

    I'm a nonsmoker & 22 years old. From last December I am observing some black hairy things when I cough up.... I was given a Chest X-ray which came out clear  the doc said the black things could be dirt and I also had back pain back xray showed it was muscle spasm....  But I still observe...

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  • Bronchitis 2 weeks after flu shot

    So my mom got her flu shot 2 weeks  ago and now she has bronchitis with a hint of phenmonia. Idk if that’s connected or not. But they gave her the cough med Cherritusin and Cefidinr, which I guess is a antibiotic. We put a humidifier in her room as well and having her drink water throughout the...

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  • acute bronchitis chest infection Pneumonia

    I had all these back in April i was so ill i was off my feet over 3 weeks in bed gradually began to improve end of June and i had a spirometry test was told it was good at 92% so stopped inhalers i really went down hill it was like hitting a brick wall i deteriated breathing wise and mobility i have...

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  • Double Pneumothorax - Doctor says I have emphysema - 35 Year Old

    Hi, I have just joined this forum, so hello everyone. Bit of history about me, I had a spontaneous pneumothorax in October 2007.  Hospital put a chest drain in me and I had chemical pluerodisis on left lung and a blebectomy.  A month later the second lung collpased and I had the exact same...

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  • Chronic cough, constant need to clear my throat..

    Hi everyone.. I have a constant cough that mostly produces phlegm for about 4 years now.  I also have what I can only describe as post nasal drip?  I have the constant need to clear my throat all day long because of mucus draining down my throat.  I am 37 years old and have smoked since...

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  • Chronic bronchitis/beginning emphysema

    Chronic bronchitis/beginning emphysema. I am 57-year-old female I have smoked for 30 years I have been very sick with chronic bronchitis/emphysema does anybody know how long it takes to get over this horrible feeling I've been out of work for two weeks I have no car but I can feel the thin mucus...

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  • Cant Breath and getting paranoid

    Hello to all , My name is Takis and i have been suffering for shortness of breath as i feel it i cant breath normally and sometimes suffocating, i am a smoker for more than 15 years, im 31 years old and im living in Swiss i migrated from Greece 2 years ago climate wise. I try to take deep breaths and...

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  • Can anybody interpret my oximeter report please?

    I blame Beta-Blockers for making my lungs feel like they dont work, my cardiologist had a lung function test for me a couple of weeks back, whilst the technician did say I have lower lung restriction, I have to wait to see my cardiologist in December for the results. Now I have a few of these Pulse-Oximeter...

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  • New here, also, apparent mild emphysema

    Hi, I smoked for many years; quit a lot, but still leaves 25. I am 57 and was diagnosed with mild emphysema last month. It was not a shock, but I am still in part denial and going day to day. I have been doing some walking (however, I live in a hot climate most of the year). I find that the main...

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  • Mum has very bad COPD - I'm unsure at what stage we are at

    Hi, My Mum was diagnosed with COPD years ago and it has got worse over the last year. She has had multiple chest x-rays this year and they have all shown worsening of the lungs. She has been in and out of hospital multiple times as well due to her oxygen levels being very low. She is currently in...

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  • Afib

    I had an ablation March 29 2017. Second one in 8 years. I am over weight and an anxious person. Since my ablation, I have only been in afib once and that was the first few weeks after and had been started on Amiorderone. Now on 100 mg daily. My heart rate is anywhere from 48-60. I started having a rapid...

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  • My mum may have pulmonary fibrosis

    Hiya all I just wanted to know as all of you have pulmonary fibrosis or no loved ones that have been diagnosed it also sorry to hear of this my mum has been referred to a specialist because she has a repeated dry cough repeated chest infection pain in her back shortness of breath she’s previously coughed...

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  • HAS ANYONE TRYED THIS TO HELP WITH COPD

    I have just read in the newspaper about a device that is meant to help shortness of breathing called Areosure by increasing the flow of air in and out of the airways which helps leads to respiratory fitness and helps you to breath easy.  It seems to have really good write ups but is pretty expensive...

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  • lungs open or not

    My COPD checkup today the nurse said have you used your inhaler i said no don't need to. Then she says they need to know when i use it if it helps because that will tell them if my air ways are soft or gone hard, does anyone know if this is true or they are just trying to get me to try it ?

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  • Bipap trouble

    Hey, I'm at my wit's end with my dad. He's been in the Hospital for a few months, and he's being released. The first time he ever used a bipap was a few months ago, in hospital (he took it off- and was intubated. luckily also extubated after a few days, now it's bipap every night)....

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  • Chronic coughing, happens a lot after eating

    In the morning, usually after I eat, my nose often gets runny and the snots tend to flow down my throat and it makes me cough. Sometimes my cough is so "hard" (not sure what word to use) to the point I'm about to throw up. Also, usually after eating, whether its lunch, dinner, breakfast,...

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  • Can I claim disability allowance ?

    I have stage 3 copd and having problems with chest infections , I also have 2 slipped discs and suffer with depression , I'm finding my job really difficult .. my bosses are getting fed up with me being off with chest infections and struggling with my back , I'm meant to work continuously standing...

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