Patient Comments: COPD - Causes


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Comment from: Mollflan47, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I am having a lot of exhaustion, sleeping badly however, and have stomach pain, nausea and chills by the end of the day. Daxas is helping and the coughing is hardly anything since I started Breo Ellipta, however, the other COPD symptoms are very debilitating. I had to quit working with small children after twenty years of doing so, as the risk of infections is too high, plus the breathing in of chemicals all day in daycares is how I got this in the first place. Yes, we bleach everything all day long. Licensing requires.

Comment from: Tutu, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I never smoked cigarettes but during the 60s I started smoking marijuana. No tar, no nicotine, no chemicals, no cancer causing agents, but I was recently diagnosed with COPD. I have difficulty breathing, and never am able to breathe properly. I get short of breath when I walk. I use a walker and am on oxygen daily.

Comment from: Mr Ik Oje Frank, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 11

Last year December I was told I had mild emphysema and COPD. I was shocked, I had only had minor breathing problems at times. However I had smoked for 17 years when I was very young and had quit over 38 years ago, when I developed asthma. I always heard your lungs were cleared 5 years after you quit smoking, but they don't tell you the damage is already done! Mild is not mild, I am on oxygen all the time. Please stop smoking! It will kill you.

Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

My ex is/was a chain-smoker, and we lived on a dairy farm with force-air wood heat, which caused my COPD. I have never smoked.

Comment from: Dancing Feet, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I never smoked in my life. From the age of 2 to 18 I was exposed daily to one parent's second hand smoke. I did not have any symptoms of a lung disorder until after living in an apartment where the wood burning stove hearth, which had (unknown to me) been cleaned by the owner with Easy-Off oven cleaner. The off gassing from the fire would eventually wake me in the middle of the night with burning eyes. It took three months to figure out the cause. Obviously my lungs were inhaling the fumes! I vacated the apartment because of my burning eyes not thinking what it might have done to my lungs. Within the next year or so I was diagnosed with COPD. I am concerned that off gassing from the walls in my current apartment is causing further problems.

Comment from: Madfish, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 23

I am not sure of the cause of COPD in my case. I smoked pack a day for 7 or 8 years, but quit 40 years ago. I have been an outdoor guy all my adult life. Coughing started this summer producing thick mucus, greenish tint to clear. I tried prednisone and antibiotics, but no change. X-rays are negative, heart lungs and blood and serum chemistries all are normal. I have lung calcification from childhood bout with histoplasmosis. I am 69 years old and retired. Doctors put me on Spiriva, but I just started on it.

Comment from: DaveB1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I smoked for about 25 years. I quit and I seem to have gotten better. I caught pneumonia twice one winter and never have been the same since. I have a mild case of COPD.


COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the same as adult-onset asthma. See Answer

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