DirtPoorGuy wrote: »
I am not sure what information you are looking for, my Mother has it, she requires a nebuliser 4 times a day at home, she should also be getting oxygen for 16 hours a day but as she is a smoker they won't give her it because of the risk of blowing herself up, someone diagnosed with COPD can live for another 15 years or more depending on the severity of it.
You get a lung capacity test 2-3 times a year to monitor it's progress, if you stop smoking you can slow the process of your lungs filling up to a crawl.
Over time you will struggle to walk even a couple of feet as it will require more oxygen than your lungs can absorb, you become prone to infections such as pneumonia and urinary infections, without oxygen at home you will have bouts of disorientation, hypoxia and hallucinations bordering on slipping into unconsciousness if not actual unconsciousness.
Some patients if they are young enough and don't have any heart problems or other significant health problems other than the COPD may qualify for a lung transplant, but from what I have been told it isn't that common.For all the publicity surrounding smoking related lung cancer they fail to mention that far more people will die of smoking related COPD and to be honest I could deal a lot better with my Mother having lung cancer than COPD, it is a slow painful death compared to cancer.
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