smoking and copd

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I have just been diagnosed with stage 2 copd (emphysema). I have smoked for 48 years. I am 65 and told I have lungs of a 95 year old. I am struggling to stop smoking. If I cannot how fast will my progression be.

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    Hi panda, If You Read Whats 6 inches Below Your Question , That Is Your Complete Answer  Emphysema vs COPD Get the facts here, One Help In Coughing Is Carbocisteine, Speak To Your Doctor.
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    Hi ,no easy way of saying this but ,,,,,I was a smoker for many many years from aged 15 until 44 ,,,,then blue lighted to hospital ,consultant said do you smoke ,,,yes im said ,,,wrong answer he replied ,,,,,the next one will kill you ,I. Aged 69 now ,,,and it firmly believe I wouldn't be here now if I hadn't have listened to his words,,,,,I never had another cigarette ,,,,,,thank god I stopped,,, but sadly  al lot of damage was already done to my lungs ,

    ask for a referral to PULMARY  REHAB. they will help you cope with your linens and help you improve your health ,good luck ,,,,and stop now,

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    i was diagnosed with stage 3 copd at the beginning of april like everyone i was a smoker  until i got told that my next dose of infecion will kill me and believe me that was a kick up the backside i needed it has been a hard struggle but finally i can say im a none smoker so please stop smoking as soon as you can 
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    You must stop smoking immediately. You will notice the effects of giving up after just a short time I'm sure. You must exercise, however hard you find it. You need to keep your lungs functioning as well as you can. I think doctors try to frighten us by saying things like your lungs are like a 95-year-old. Well, that's a healthy 95-year-old so it means they are not as good as someone your age should be. Take the very best care of yourself - vitamins, organic food, exercise - and your emphysema may not progress at all, but rather stay as it is, which is manageable.
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    MUCH faster.   I'm 68 and smoked for more than 40 years and had stopped a year or so before I was diagnosed with COPD.   Panda, try EVERYTHING:  patches, gum, sprays, hypnotherapy, meditation, champax, vaping, Allan Carr's books and groups if you can find one .......... ANYTHING!      Of course, there's always cold turkey if you can manage it.

    By strugglijng to stop, do you mean cutting down?  I tried that heaps of times and it never worked for me because it doesn't break the addiction and just prolongs the agony.   I find now that being around even one smoker affects my breathing quite badly, so I find it hard to understand how anyone with COPD can keep smoking.  

    Have you given up before?   If so you may have experienced the feeling worse for a while, because nicotine is actually a cough suppressant so you may feel as if you have a cold or the flu because a lot of muck in your lungs will start to come up.   Sorry to be graphic, just thought I'd warn you, especially as a few people have posted on here that they got "sicker" after they stopped smoking - it's actually your lungs starting to work better. 

    I know it's not really funny, but if any doctor told me I had the lungs of a 95 year old I'd ask him which 95 year old, one who smoked or one who didn't?   

    What's your lung function percentage from a spirometry test and have you been prescribed anything?   

    Try and get to a pulmonary rehab group if you can:  oh dear, I'm beginning to worry other long term users of this forum will start thinking I'm on a commission for rehab, because I'm always pushing it on here.   

    I learnt so much about how to manage the condition, including breathing and other exercises and generally how to accept and deal with it, especially that if you're the "soldier on" type like me, it's pointless with COPD because you'll just take longer to recover from the breathlessness if you push yourself too far.

    Take care of yourself Tina - stay on this forum and get as much info as you can to manage the condition

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      Cold turkey to stop smoking was the best for me,,,,but I did write the words the consultant said to me on a piece if paper,and when I was wavering shall i ,,,,,I would just look at those words,,,,

      THE NEXT ONE WILL KILL YOU ,

      that was 25 years ago ,

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      Yes I agree. I think that your lungs go a bit into shock once they stop getting their regular poison/ crap, for a while.
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      Tomorrow will be my first day of not smoking. Tried to organise things to do to take my mind off it.
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      Thinking of you:  it's as hard as you let it be really.   I say that as someone who gave up smoking HUNDREDS of times before I finally made it - decades too late or I wouldn't have COPD.

      Remember the urge to smoke only lasts about 30 seconds, so have activities/self talk/anything ready for those moments.  THEY WILL PASS AND IT WILL GET EASIER, I PROMISE!  And it's worth it ... just remind yourself you're no longer financially supporting an industry that uses child slave labour and punishes kids who don't meet their quotas with rape ...... 

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      I have to do it or my family will really get on to me but then they are only thinking of my health. They all smoke but have if I visit them they would smoke outside.
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      Just give up ,,,,,,,no patches etc etc etc ,,,,you owe it to yourself and your family ,give up now ,,,,,why you HAVE THE CHOICE ,
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      You could always tell them that it would support you if they stopped too, or do they think they're immune to COPD?
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      Why are you saying No patches etc etc etc????   It doesn't matter HOW she stops as long as she does, and some people need that extra help
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      Ooops sorry ,reading my comment back again ,,,it does seem rather harsh ,

      I was a heavy smoker from the age of 15 unti 46 ,,,,,, and I found it best to go cold turkey ,,,,I see family members that have stopped but used patches ,,,twenty years on still do ,,,,and the same with the gum ,,,,,and I have to say I don't like the new vapour things ,,,,,I don't think they help to break the habit of hand to mouth and inhaling ,,,,,

      that is just my opinion ,,,,,yes of course some people need a crutch at that time,,,,,as long as they /we stop that's the main thing 

      apologies if I offended you or anyone else ,

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      Without whingeing, I let people close to me know what my COPD symptoms are and so far one family member has been inspired to stop smoking, so I suggest you do the same.    

       

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