Copd

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not been on in a while...feeling a little stressed..my dad has copd and still smokes which i cant understand but i accept his decision anyway he has had a hoarse throat since july had xray all clear he is getting a camera down this week..he has told me hes getting this swollen part below his ribs which seems to go up and down he feels more so when stressing ..he also has a twist in the spine which i was thinking could be related and bad pains in his legs..i have convinced myself he has something up and now the reality is hitting me ...he doesn't ask enough questions..does anyone have any idea what this could be and if i should be looking out for anything . he also has a drink every night

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    The twist in the spine could be age related, you don't say how old he is and the pain in the legs often goes with spinal problems, mine is related, and is nothing to do with my lung diseases. Maybe you could talk to him and write down his problems for him to give to his specialist, use bright coloured paper so the list doesn't get lost amongst any other papers.

    Here (France) they say a glass of red wine per day is good for the heart and circulation. I never ever drink even though I live in Burgundy !!!.

    I gave up smoking 30 years ago and still got serious lung problems.

    Coughing badly and camera down throat is not a pleasant experience, poor papa.

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    Leanne,

    I have COPD and I fully empathise with you. While the nightly drink , in my opinion, should not be an issue. In fact it may just be good for him. The smoking addiction is the BIG issue right now. Quitting is the prime 1st concern. At this point, each cigarette he smokes is adding to the misery that he WILL suffer down the road. He and you should know that once you lose lung function you can never get it back. After 45 years of smoking I lost 70% of my lung function. Living on the remaining 30% is a daily ordeal.

    Save your father any way you have to from further lung damage. How far and what measures you take are up to you, but ACT NOW and don't back down with him.

    All the best

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    Trouble is you have to want to give up smoking to succeed, I stopped dead after smoking 40 a day for 25 years. Sudden severe money emergency was my incentive, house or cigs !!!!

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      I too hit my own wall over 3 years ago after 45+ years of smoking. Today I regret that I did not stop earlier. I know as well as any that quitting is both a physical and physiological battles that are as tough to quit as hard drugs or alcohol.

      Bottom line is simple, quit now or die sooner. It's hard, but simple.

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      I can only imagine how hard it is ..I have never smoked so never had to put myself through it..i asked him years ago to stop but he never did so i gave up asking

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    I have a nearish nieghbour that has had half a lung removed last year, he is still smoking, so obviously it is a choice not a good one but their choice. I would think the more some one else goes on about their quitting the more stubborn they will become, so good on you for staying silent no matter how much it hurts, after all it is their life, he will get worse and surely regret it when he gets like me, on oxygen and needing more and more, and it isn't even smoking that caused what I have but it sure hasn't helped one jot, would I be as bad if I hadn't smoked, no way, would never having smoked stop the disease from spreading any quicker, no, but it might be easier to breathe if I didn't have a whole chunk of my lungs damaged from emphysema as well.

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      hi

      yes it is hard to watch my dad smoke knowing he is just making copd work faster but i asked him many years ago if he would stop and i just accepted he wont ever. he had the camera down the other day and they said they see something on the voicebox and getting sent for a ct scan ..he showed me the lump below his ribs ..its huge and isn't always as big he says hopefully the scan will tell us more . sorry to hear your so bad take care

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    I fully understand and support everyone's right to choose their own path. However the damage due to smoking has been proven and those killed so many it is undeniable. Making and/or accepting excuses for the addiction is giving up to the eventual torture that will result.

    One can't quit for another, but by not holding fast to the quilting now position and going along helps to support the non nonsensical position of the addicted.

    People get legally constrained and placed where they can get off of drugs or alcohol. Society sees these addictions as ones where forcing a medical/isolation solution upon the patient is legally approved. Perhaps someday tobacco addiction will also be as responsibility dealt with. It would remove the tobacco addicted from continuing to do themselves harm.

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      i agree its a terrible addiction ..i am an only child with 4 children and if he couldn't give up for that then smoking has you good..he had the camera down and they see something on the voicebox but didn't say what yet..the swelling under his ribs is really bothering me ..he showed me ..its huge but he said it can go up and down ..hopefully when he gets his ct scan it will tell us more

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    I am one of eight, never smoked but on oxygen 24/7 . Of the eight three have passed all due to smoking, lung problems and the heart, top of cancer. Let him be happy til he is gone.

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