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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. (-:

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I have COPD but not in advanced stages.  I have been using a sea salt inhaler since December and have had extremely good results.   I use only a rescue inhaler occasionally, no other medication.

 

There is also a machine to use at night that you just turn on and let it run while you sleep.  It contains a salt cartridge that you replace about 3 times a year.  Check it out Salin Plus.  It is now available in the USA and worth the price.  

 

The inhaler is like a bong if you grew up in the 60's you know what I mean, but all you do is inhale and the air passes through the salt.  This reduces inflammation and thins mucis - again it has helped me feel like the elephant on my chest has left the building.

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You can get you prescription in Canada for a lot less.
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My brother has pulmonary hypertension - it is kind of rare - anybody know about it or have it and what has been done for it. 

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My brother has pulmonary hypertension - it is kind of rare - anybody know about it or have it and what has been done for it. 

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I have COPD and Asthma with shortness of breath upon exertion. I have had many tests to determine exactly the cause of my shortness of breath. Still more questions than answers. The latest finding that I have a hiatal hernia adds a piece to the puzzle. Symbicort is the best medicine that helps so far. If one has a low income budget the cost is highly prohibitive even with insurance. Last year AstraZeneca covered me. This year I have to spend a certain amount out of pocket to get any type of help from them. I live check to check with no savings. Symbicort is about $800 per month without coverage. I am a little worried.  

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I have chronic bronchitis and asthma. It has not reached the COPD stage yet. I see a lung specialist who monitors me and keeps track of my lung capacity. He has prescribed two different inhalers, one for maintenance and an additional one for episodes of bronchitis which I seem to happen more and more since I've moved to Philadelphia from a small town in Minnesota. I'm conjecturing that air quality is the culprit.
I have never smoked but grew up in a household of smokers from the WWII times. I also grew up in Los Angeles in the forties and fifties when the SMOG was thick and fields around the city were sprayed with insecticides.
Google COPD. Ted Coppel's wife has founded an organization to help people with COPD.


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WHAT ARE PULMONARY CLASSES
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I know it's hard when someone we love is sick. My husband has had COPD since the 90's. His is from chlorine gas exposure in the Navy. If you need to talk I am here to listen and hopefully help. To give you some insight he has COPD with chronic asthma and chronic emphysema. Healso has diabetes, aFib, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol as well. He is a good source of information if I don't know the answer. I'll be glad to answer questions or just listen.
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I USE VENTOLIN AS A RESCUE INHALER AND SYMBACORT TWICE A DAY. I ALSO HAVE A NEBULIZER. I STOPPED SMOKING 8 YEARS AGO. MY PFT TEST SHOW THAT MY LUNG FUNCTION IS 30 PERCENT. I THINK THATS BAD

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