Patient Comments: COPD - Experience


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Comment from: kimberly1126, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I went into the hospital with a severe headache, chest pain that felt as though someone was stabbing me and leaving a needle between my rib cage and my skin, and shortness of breath, and it only increased pain-wise for about a week. The first hospital I went to did an EKG, blood tests, and x-rays. Everything came back clear and I was then diagnosed with chest pain, told to take naproxen, and sent home. About two weeks later, this was accompanied with wheezing and sleep apnea. I feared going to sleep because I was unsure I'd wake. I went back to the hospital, received chest x-rays again, two breathing treatments, and received that dreadful diagnosis - COPD. I'm unsure what stage I'm in now, but can only think it's getting worse as my phlegm has changed in color, at times becoming yellow and grainy, my wheeze is there each morning until I take my medication which has progressed to 4 times a day, I awake because I can't breathe, I sweat just driving in the car, and my chest tightness/pain comes more and more. I continue to smoke, knowing I need to quit, but it's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life! I wouldn't wish this stuff on anyone!

Comment from: Linda M, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I was diagnosed in early 2013 with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) but l can now see the symptoms back 3 or 4 years earlier. I crashed and ended up in the hospital the end of February 2014. My husband would not bring me home without oxygen so a doctor there gave us one. I have had it ever since even though doctors say l do not need it. When you go for an appointment, after sitting around for an hour or so, you probably do not need it but if you are trying to do normal everyday things, it causes attacks and l use oxygen. I at this point in time do not know if l am using it too much.

Comment from: sharyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I have been smoking since the age of 16. Last year I went for lung functioning tests! I am now 66. I was experiencing bad cough, large amounts of mucus, very little energy, and continued smoking. I recently had a visit with doctor and a chest x-ray followed, guess what, COPD diagnosis; yep. I must go for a scan as well soon. I am now taking Spiriva 30/C/Dev. 18 mcg every day for the foreseeable future. So l must quit smoking now.


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

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