AARP’s New Video Explains the Perils of the Health Care Bill in Storybook Fashion. Watch Here

Reply
Info Seeker
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-20-2015

Re: COPD

Message 1 of 27 (408 Views)

If you really want to connect with other people you should join a group called "Patients like me". If you have multiple ailments you can join a group for each illness. Sometime you can even find someone with all your ailments.  I have had COPD for about 7 years. I was using 2 different inhalers. When my copay went front  $6.40 each to $47.00 each. Since I stoped using my inhalers, i cough a lot more sometimes I bring phlegm up but not always. I am always short of breath, but I'm getting by. Hopefully I won't have to put off my inhalers.

Info Seeker
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-18-2011

Re: COPD

Message 2 of 27 (1,627 Views)

Cany1956,

                     I do know you need a good Pulmonary  specialist !! They can tell you anything you need to know and put in an action plan. They should run a number of tests for your lung function and prescribe the appropriate plan for you. I've been diagnosed with COPD for  4 years or more can't remember exactly. I use two inhalers per day and NO O2, everything seems to be going OK . COPD never go's away, but you can stop the progression of it by doing what your Pulmonary Doctor says. You can NOT SMOKE,you can NOT put anything into you LUNGS except clean air !!! I hope this helps, but their is no magic cure for what we have, I'm sorry I wish there was !! 

                                                                            STAY STRONG

                                                                                         WB


CANY1956 wrote:

I WAS DIAGNOSED IN JUNE 2014. I WAS FINE UNTIL OCTOBER OF 2016 WHEN I WAS HOSPITALIZED FOUR TIMES FOR PNEUMONIA AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. I HAVE BEEN ON OXYGEN THERAPY AT HOME SINCE NOVEMBER. I NEED TO TAKE A SLEEP TEST TO FIND OUT WHAT MY TRUE LUNG FUNCTION IS AND HOW FAR ALONG I AM IN MY COPD. I KNOW WHAT THE STAGES ARE. MAYBE I ASKED THE WRONG QUESTION. I WANT TO SPEAK WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE COPD TO GET THIER TAKE ON THE DISEASE AND IT'S PROGRESS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT,I APPRECIATE IT.


 

Info Seeker
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎11-16-2009

Re: COPD

Message 3 of 27 (1,844 Views)

Was diagnosed with COPD a few months ago. Using Breo Ellipta, as it was a little cheaper than Spiriva with my insurance (still not cheap).. I try to go every other day to save $$. 

Info Seeker
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎01-02-2011

Re: COPD

Message 4 of 27 (2,099 Views)
pulmonary rehab... I tool it. Shows one how to exercise and expasnd lung capacity without compromising breathing
Info Seeker
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎01-02-2011

Re: COPD

Message 5 of 27 (2,100 Views)

I have the same issues... try Dulera. I use 100mcg/5mcg $245 per 120 puffs with a script cash no insurance. Spiriva et al made me cough and phlemgy

 

Conversationalist
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎08-19-2010

Re: COPD

Message 6 of 27 (3,065 Views)
I HAVE A PULMONOLOGIST. I WILL CHECK OUT A PULMONARY GROUP.THANKS
Info Seeker
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎02-28-2017

Re: COPD

Message 7 of 27 (3,075 Views)

Hello. As with COPD, he should seek out a Pulmonary (lung) MD for this disease. Ask for physician that specializes in this diagnosis. If he's been diagnosed already, then it seems like he has started the process. There are new drugs being released just for this affliction. Pulmonary rehab could also help manage symptoms. Good luck to your brother.

Conversationalist
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎04-11-2016

Re: COPD

Message 8 of 27 (3,131 Views)
I have been having C.O.P.D since late 90' . I use to smoke a pack a day and chainsmoke . Then I stop smoking cigarettes it was very hard and have cold turkey. I have friends that didn't smoke help me with all cold turkey and nervous paving back and forth. I'm very glad that they were there for me. I still have to take my medicine and. And also I go to my.C.O.P.D confer meeting every November right before thanksgiving. I learn so much how take care my breathing and myself. I love it
Conversationalist
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎08-17-2010

Re: COPD

Message 9 of 27 (3,237 Views)
Pulmonary classes are usually given by a local hospital; Google your hospitals and check with your pulmonologist. They usually have the info. They attempt to teach you how to breathe with an ailment and if you have been prescribed inhalers do use them.
Conversationalist
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎08-17-2010

Re: COPD

Message 10 of 27 (3,243 Views)

Cany 1956.  Connect with a pulmonologist.  Look one up in your area on bing or another search engine.  I was sent to a pulmonology group at my hospital by mine.  I was diagnosed when I walked up a steep incline and had to stop to catch my breath.  I have not smoked in maybe a dozen years but had already done the damage, COPD.  I take my inhalers as prescribed and do breathing exercises.  COPD is not curable but can be brought under control and perhaps not get any worse.  Do not just ignore it.  Good luck, just do not get depressed. (-: