Patient Comments: COPD - Treatment

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Comment from: Kimmy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 12

I had my first kidney stone 19 months ago at age 54. The pain bolted me upright in the bed and I had pelvic floor pain similar to the bearing down of childbirth with intense bladder urgency. The pain was in my left back and started radiating down my side at which point I had uncontrollable shakes and chills and then sudden violent vomiting. I had no idea what was going on but thought I might die. I have had natural childbirth to one of my four children and this was worse. I had to be treated for an infection (wonder if this caused the stone to pass). Six months passed and I had another. Then almost a year later they began again. I finally went to the emergency room when two came just 19 days apart. They confirmed that I had one passing unobstructed through the left ureter and another in my right kidney. Since then I've had 3 more episodes in the past 10 days. I believe the stone they saw in the emergency room is lodged in the ureter. I am finally making an appointment with a urologist as I can't take the pain any longer.

Comment from: Hurcibird, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I have been diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and my doctor has given me Seebri Breezhaler, it's an inhalation powder 44 micrograms. I take it once a day in the morning. It's a great help to breathing, it's a new medicine on test, 10 out of 10 from me!

Comment from: Jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

Spiriva is the best medication of all for COPD, but you'll get more help from a humidifier and a mucous relief cough medicine than without it. The guaifenesin cough medicine will clear out your congestion so well. And now Walmart's brand is on the 88 cents shelf. I go through a small bottle about every 2 days. The drying of mucous will make everything worse.

Comment from: DebRN, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

My back and leg pain were relieved by lumbar laminectomy. But, now I have terrible bilateral foot pain. I can barely walk.

Comment from: Betta, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 02

It was shocking to me to have the doctor tell me I had COPD. I have never smoked and had not been around smokers to any extent. Of my 12 brothers and sisters, none of us smoked, not my father nor my mother. I have always lived a life away from smokers. I have had a somewhat abusive married life. So, I am wondering if stress may be the cause of my COPD. I would like to pursue this thought, but, don't really know how.

Comment from: dickg, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 14

I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years. My principal symptom has been a heavy feeling in the chest. I cannot breathe well while lying flat on my back or on my right side. I have recently had a very major reduction in these symptoms having been prescribed cefdinir for a diagnosis of an upper respiratory viral infection last month.

Comment from: chacha, 55-64 Female Published: June 09

The best treatment for COPD for me has been quitting smoking. I have finally quit after 48 years. I used Chantix.

Comment from: smartmom, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

Although my COPD is mild to this point, there have been several suggestions that have been helpful. One is to avoid breathing through the mouth and practice breathing through the nose. Another is to focus on using the diaphragm to open my lungs to their fullest extent and increase the oxygen intake. Beyond the physical practices, medication has helped (Spiriva and Advair plus nose sprays). Oxygen doesn't seem to help, although my doctor is adamant about using it at night.

Comment from: gordon, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I received lung volume reduction surgery 2 years ago and felt the benefit almost immediately. I have COPD and chronic emphysema and also the antitrypsin deficiency. Over the last two years the benefit has decreased gradually and I am about to go back to have another lung volume reduction performed on my left lung. I can only say that for me this treatment has worked well and has allowed me to live a normal life and I am extremely grateful to the medical team.

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