Patient Comments: COPD vs. Emphysema - Treatments

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

I was a 3 pack a day chain smoker, I started when I was 12 years old. I only stopped 4 times, and 3 of them because I was pregnant and refused to hurt any of my 3 babies. As soon as I gave birth I'd start up again. I devoted 21 years of my loyalty as well as my health to a disgusting, heath deteriorating life altering bad choice. At the age of 33 my baby girl had just given birth to my first born grandson. I had a shameful feeling and made the choice to quit and I did cold turkey; never got another urge again thank goodness. Six months went by and I got a real bad cough and one day coughing went on all day nonstop. I went to the doctors and was diagnosed with emphysema and COPD and neither one has cure. He said, 'you will have them for the rest of your life eventually, both will be more severe, how fast or slow the progress is greatly on what you do to get and keep your lungs as strong and healthy as you can.' I did breathing exercises and had breathing treatments when needed, took my prescription inhalers routinely, as well as when needed staying away from everything. I followed the rules doing everything I could the first 5 years and it worked; the coughing and other stuff kind of just stopped with of course the occasional flare up.

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