Do You Live With COPD?

Discussion created by luvsroses_barb on Sep 13, 2008
Latest reply on Sep 14, 2008 by carlie
When I joined the EX, I was really surprised there wasn't a place for people with COPD to go to here. So, I thought I would start a Group for people like us. A place we could go to, to learn more about our disease, and to give support in our quits. I'm sure many don't quit until after diagnosis.

So let me introduce myself. My name is Barb. I have lived with COPD for many years. I just didn't know it. I was diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis probably more than 10-12 years ago or longer. I didn't know it was from smoking. My doctor didn't tell me. I didn't know it was COPD. He just gave me an inhaler, told me to use it as I felt like I needed it, and that was that. I hardly ever needed it, up until the last few years. That's when I started using it more and more. Mostly in the winter when it was really cold out.

Then about 6 months ago, I started using it 4 times a day, then 5 times, then 6 times. Then about 4 1/2 months ago, I woke up with a pain in my back so bad I couldn't breathe. I took a pain pill to see if that would help. It did a little, but just a little. And a few hours later I was taking another pain pill. It didn't help much at all. And by the time it was time to go home from work, the pain had stretched around to my chest. I called my doctor right away and was admitted to the hospital for an overnite stay. After a bunch of test to rule out a heart attack and blood clot, my doctor came in my room in the morning and told me it was my lungs and I needed to quit smoking. I had already planned on it and had even bought my perscription for Chantix. I started it a week later.

I was sent for further tests on my lungs and when I was 39 days quit, I was diagnosed with moderate emphysema. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions for me ever since. I still don't know much about the disease, but I have learned to accept it better now. And I do start Pulmonary Rehab next week, so I'll be learning more about it there.

I'm really looking forward to meeting more people like me here. Whether you have Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Lung Cancer, or any combination of the above, feel free to join this group and let's share our stories.

Barb - 133 days, 22 hours, 18 minutes and 9 seconds smoke free. 2679 cigarettes not smoked. $576.20 and 20 days, 11 hours of my life saved! My quit date: 5/3/2008 3:00:00 AM