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pauline

Caulfield, Australia

#1 Mar 5, 2006
This morning I was diagnosed as having severe emphysema in one lung and moderate to severe in the other lung. There were other descriptions that the Doctor told me that I can't remember.

I had no symptoms at all, no cough or shortness of breath. I have smoked for many years and realise I can not smoke anymore. It has only been a few hours and I am fighting the demon nicotine.

What can I expect with this disease and I am very active with Linedancing and exercise. Can I still do vigorous things?I would really appreciate some advice

Thank you
Angie

United States

#2 Mar 8, 2006
I have emphysema but know very little about what to expect. I am not on oxygen. With very little exertion I am completely out of breath, exhaused and my chest hurts. Is this someting that is normal? I am over weight and need to loose at least 30 pounds. Since I even run out of breath just talking what exercise can I do.
esha

AOL

#3 Apr 30, 2006
I SUGGEST YOU GET IN CONTACT WITH YOU PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY AND EXPLAIN TO HIM/HER WHAT YOU HAVE POSTED. SOMETIMES PEOPLE GO TO THEIR DOCTOR AND DOES NOT TELL THEM THEIR TRUE FEELINGS. MAYBE HE CAN GIVE YOU SOME PAMPHLETS AND RECOMMEND A SUPPORT GROUP. YOU DIDN'T STATE IF YOU WAS ON ANY MEDICATIONS, BUT IF YOU GET SHORTNESS OF BREATH THE WAY YOU DESCRIBE ASK YOU PHYSICIAN TO CONSIDER SOME OXYGEN. MANY PEOPLE TAKE EMPHYSEMA LIGHTLY AS NO BIG DEAL BUT IT IS!
Sheralyn Ann

Flemington, NJ

#4 May 24, 2006
pauline wrote:
This morning I was diagnosed as having severe emphysema in one lung and moderate to severe in the other lung. There were other descriptions that the Doctor told me that I can't remember.
I had no symptoms at all, no cough or shortness of breath. I have smoked for many years and realise I can not smoke anymore. It has only been a few hours and I am fighting the demon nicotine.
What can I expect with this disease and I am very active with Linedancing and exercise. Can I still do vigorous things?I would really appreciate some advice
Thank you
I, too, was recently diagnosed with emphysema. Fortunately, I have 74% lung function which isn't bad. You can do anything you feel up to doing. Exercise is the best thing for your lungs. For your own sake, STOP SMOKING IMMEDIATELY. I smoked (quite heavily) for over 40 years and I quit cold turkey and it was easy (you get scared enough, you'll quit!) I was very addicted and loved my cigarettes, so if I could quit, anybody can! DON'T waste your time just trying to cut down. First of all, that rarely works and secondly, that's just torturing yourself. It's much easier to quit outright than to cut down. I know, I've tried. I didn't even need the patch. My only regret is that I waited til I got sick to quit. I don't miss cigarettes at all. I took up drinking diet cola instead. I quit nearly two years ago and didn't even put on any weight. I wish you the best of luck. You'll feel much better once you give up the cigarettes.
Scared

United States

#5 Jul 8, 2006
My mom was diagnosed with enphysema and I have never been more scared of something in my whole Life. She has smoked for over 40 years and is now 59 years old. She is now using the patch and doing well with it. Everything I have read about this disease is telling me that she has less than a year to live. I am trying to remain positive and will do everything I can to ensure she is eating right, exercising and following the doctors orders. I need my mom in my life and cannot image life without my mom. I do not smoke and wish all of you the best and healthly days.
jolene los angeles ca

Darby, PA

#6 Jul 11, 2006
Im 37, was diagnosed with emphysema when i was 34 and had part of a lung removed because of it. My lung had torn then collapesed a week later. I was devistated and shocked because I had wathced my grandfather die from this disease 6 months prior. And out of everyone in my family that smokes Why did I have to be the one to end up with this disease? I keep asking myself that everyday because I am so angry and of course scared. I cant do the things I used to do. I cry just about everyday. I hit a depression and I feel bounded by this disease because my biggest fear of dying is by suffocating. I havent worked 2004 I'm scared to becasuse I just dont have the stamina like I did. I guess I'm still so angry I just dont know what to do anymore, I feel no joy in life anymore, and I'm stuck. I just dont know what to do anymore.
Sheralyn Ann

Flemington, NJ

#7 Jul 12, 2006
jolene los angeles ca wrote:
Im 37, was diagnosed with emphysema when i was 34 and had part of a lung removed because of it. My lung had torn then collapesed a week later. I was devistated and shocked because I had wathced my grandfather die from this disease 6 months prior. And out of everyone in my family that smokes Why did I have to be the one to end up with this disease? I keep asking myself that everyday because I am so angry and of course scared. I cant do the things I used to do. I cry just about everyday. I hit a depression and I feel bounded by this disease because my biggest fear of dying is by suffocating. I havent worked 2004 I'm scared to becasuse I just dont have the stamina like I did. I guess I'm still so angry I just dont know what to do anymore, I feel no joy in life anymore, and I'm stuck. I just dont know what to do anymore.
Hi Jolene,

I was amazed at how much we have in common. My biggest fear also is dying by suffocation! When I get nervous, which is OFTEN, the first thing that happens is that I can't get a "deep breath", which I understand is a classic nervous symptom. I live with intense fear every day of my life, but Jolene -- truly, things could be worse. My dear sister was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer -- quite advanced -- and she wishes all she had to worry about was a mild case of emphysema (which she probably has due to the fact that she's been a heavy smoker for many years and has had pneumonia countless times), so take heart -- how badly do you have emphysema? Mine is mild-to-moderate, but I nearly died last January because my lungs filled with fluid (NOT congestive heart failure, believe it or not)-- I didn't know emphysema could cause fluid in the lungs. I'm now on Lasix and I HOPE it's helping (I think it is). My closest friend has severe emphysema but her mental attitude is GREAT; she doesn't worry needlessly and she's on oxygen much of the time (so far, I'm not). My husband also has emphysema (moderately severe); needless to say, we BOTH quit smoking and will NEVER go back to it! So, Jolene, I do know exactly how you feel; please answer me here and perhaps we could email each other (I'm in NJ, USA). I'm nearly 61 years old and actually doing quite well right now and I pray you're doing well also. Take care, and best of luck to you. Remember: You're not alone in this!
Scared

United States

#8 Jul 15, 2006
All of your stories are bringing me to have more faith. I am scared that emphysema is not all my mom has, because of the results that we got back from the CT scan. I'm am praying its not lung cancer. Her biopsy is scheduled for 7/24. We'll know more very soon. She too is very scared, nervous and depressed.
Daniel

Eugene, OR

#9 Jul 17, 2006
Hi,

I was diagnosed about four years ago with emphysema. I am still in fairly good health and despite being a few pounds overweight, I ran 14 miles (without stopping) at about six mph not that long ago.

I am thinking about starting a serious relationship with someone, but I am concerned that I would not be there for them. Can anyone tell me what the longevity is for such a scenario?

My lungs were screwed up enough four years ago that I was diagnosed by x-ray, and even I could see that they were messed up. I did smoke about a year and a half of the intervening four years, but have not smoked since.

How about it, do I give the ditch to my girl, or do I go with it? I know only I can decide, but if I had an idea of how much longer I have to live, it would help a lot to answer that question.
Avril

UK

#10 Jul 19, 2006
My husband is 54 and has moderate/severe emphysema.We have 3 children,a huge mortgage,no insurance on his life but a beautiful idealic home and everything to live for.
My husband stopped smoking before he was diagnosed (6 years ago)
He had an operation in 2002 that was successful and although life is difficult for him he works his butt off to provide for us.Sheer determination on his part means that we can cope without being always in fear.Although my knowledge of this disease is that his life expectiancy is shorter than most people,I believe the best way of coping is to avoid dwelling on the future and to explore all possible treatments that might give him good quality of life.I have suffered the fear that you all have but couldnt function if I hadnt tried to embrace a more positive line of thought.
Gary

Trinidad, CO

#11 Jul 26, 2006
I have seen many patients make great improvements with the right doctors. Oxygen has been a key to many people feeling almost normal. Patients didnt like it in the beggining because they couldn't leave home. Now you can even get on a plane and travel. Some portable oxygen concentrators are now even FAA approved, you can actually travel and get on a plane.
Check this out www.lifepointmedical.com
Marilyn

United States

#12 Jul 27, 2006
Sheralyn Ann wrote:
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Hi Jolene,
I was amazed at how much we have in common. My biggest fear also is dying by suffocation! When I get nervous, which is OFTEN, the first thing that happens is that I can't get a "deep breath", which I understand is a classic nervous symptom. I live with intense fear every day of my life, but Jolene -- truly, things could be worse. My dear sister was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer -- quite advanced -- and she wishes all she had to worry about was a mild case of emphysema (which she probably has due to the fact that she's been a heavy smoker for many years and has had pneumonia countless times), so take heart -- how badly do you have emphysema? Mine is mild-to-moderate, but I nearly died last January because my lungs filled with fluid (NOT congestive heart failure, believe it or not)-- I didn't know emphysema could cause fluid in the lungs. I'm now on Lasix and I HOPE it's helping (I think it is). My closest friend has severe emphysema but her mental attitude is GREAT; she doesn't worry needlessly and she's on oxygen much of the time (so far, I'm not). My husband also has emphysema (moderately severe); needless to say, we BOTH quit smoking and will NEVER go back to it! So, Jolene, I do know exactly how you feel; please answer me here and perhaps we could email each other (I'm in NJ, USA). I'm nearly 61 years old and actually doing quite well right now and I pray you're doing well also. Take care, and best of luck to you. Remember: You're not alone in this!
Jolene:
I was a smoker for almost 50 years. I was diagnosed with Emphysema 8 years ago after a bout with pneumonia. I quit smoking immediately and after a time got off oxygen except at night. At that point I was able to walk for long distances at a time without much trouble, but I started smoking again for about 1 1/2 years (in the closet, so to speak) I then found my need for oxygen increased and am now back on it 24/7. I am on meds, Spiriva, Albuterol and Theophylline.........I have learned that when you get upset or hyper and your breathing becomes labored........Try to take good breaths in through your nose and a longer breaths out of your mouth........This get rid of carbon dioxide, which is what accumulates and makes it hard to breath. I hate to tell you that at this point I will never get better, but am able to travel and do household chores with some limits. Humidity and heat are my worst enemies and I excel in air conditioning.

Keep positive and make sure you jump on any sinus or bronchial infections immediately.
Sheryl

Flemington, NJ

#13 Aug 27, 2006
(I was Sheralyn Ann - I shortened my name.) To all those who want to quit smoking: It's well worth it! My last breathing test came back NORMAL, and they reclassified my emphysema from mild-to-moderate to MILD. I gave up cigs just over 2 years ago and I am VERY happy about it. I still use Advair and Spiriva. Good luck to all of you who want to quit smoking; if I could do it, anyone can...I was VERY addicted. Now I don't even think about it. I wish you all the best.
howard

AOL

#14 Feb 9, 2007
hi,all my mother had sever enphysema,and she lived with it for 12yrs. she smoked all but the last 2yrs.im sure she would have lived longer if she had quit. i also know people that live 20,30,40yrs. with it so look on the bright side. good luck to all.you can e-mail me at [email protected] i too have emphysema.thanks,howard
vince

Quezon City, Philippines

#16 Feb 15, 2007
Angie wrote:
I have emphysema but know very little about what to expect. I am not on oxygen. With very little exertion I am completely out of breath, exhaused and my chest hurts. Is this someting that is normal? I am over weight and need to loose at least 30 pounds. Since I even run out of breath just talking what exercise can I do.
If you need help regarding emphysema please email me asap at [email protected] we already cured several patients sick with it using an alternative all natural method.
vince

Quezon City, Philippines

#15 Feb 15, 2007
pauline wrote:
This morning I was diagnosed as having severe emphysema in one lung and moderate to severe in the other lung. There were other descriptions that the Doctor told me that I can't remember.
I had no symptoms at all, no cough or shortness of breath. I have smoked for many years and realise I can not smoke anymore. It has only been a few hours and I am fighting the demon nicotine.
What can I expect with this disease and I am very active with Linedancing and exercise. Can I still do vigorous things?I would really appreciate some advice
Thank you
if you need help regarding emphysema please email me at [email protected] we already cured several emphysema patients using an all natural and inexpensive method.
vince

Quezon City, Philippines

#17 Feb 15, 2007
Scared wrote:
My mom was diagnosed with enphysema and I have never been more scared of something in my whole Life. She has smoked for over 40 years and is now 59 years old. She is now using the patch and doing well with it. Everything I have read about this disease is telling me that she has less than a year to live. I am trying to remain positive and will do everything I can to ensure she is eating right, exercising and following the doctors orders. I need my mom in my life and cannot image life without my mom. I do not smoke and wish all of you the best and healthly days.
If you need help regarding emphysema please email me asap at [email protected] we already cured several patients sick with it using an alternative all natural method.
vince

Quezon City, Philippines

#19 Feb 15, 2007
Scared wrote:
All of your stories are bringing me to have more faith. I am scared that emphysema is not all my mom has, because of the results that we got back from the CT scan. I'm am praying its not lung cancer. Her biopsy is scheduled for 7/24. We'll know more very soon. She too is very scared, nervous and depressed.
If you need help regarding emphysema please email me asap at [email protected] we already cured several patients sick with it using an alternative all natural method.
vince

Quezon City, Philippines

#18 Feb 15, 2007
jolene los angeles ca wrote:
Im 37, was diagnosed with emphysema when i was 34 and had part of a lung removed because of it. My lung had torn then collapesed a week later. I was devistated and shocked because I had wathced my grandfather die from this disease 6 months prior. And out of everyone in my family that smokes Why did I have to be the one to end up with this disease? I keep asking myself that everyday because I am so angry and of course scared. I cant do the things I used to do. I cry just about everyday. I hit a depression and I feel bounded by this disease because my biggest fear of dying is by suffocating. I havent worked 2004 I'm scared to becasuse I just dont have the stamina like I did. I guess I'm still so angry I just dont know what to do anymore, I feel no joy in life anymore, and I'm stuck. I just dont know what to do anymore.
If you need help regarding emphysema please email me asap at [email protected] we already cured several patients sick with it using an alternative all natural method.
vince

Quezon City, Philippines

#22 Feb 15, 2007
Marilyn wrote:
<quoted text>
Jolene:
I was a smoker for almost 50 years. I was diagnosed with Emphysema 8 years ago after a bout with pneumonia. I quit smoking immediately and after a time got off oxygen except at night. At that point I was able to walk for long distances at a time without much trouble, but I started smoking again for about 1 1/2 years (in the closet, so to speak) I then found my need for oxygen increased and am now back on it 24/7. I am on meds, Spiriva, Albuterol and Theophylline.........I have learned that when you get upset or hyper and your breathing becomes labored........Try to take good breaths in through your nose and a longer breaths out of your mouth........This get rid of carbon dioxide, which is what accumulates and makes it hard to breath. I hate to tell you that at this point I will never get better, but am able to travel and do household chores with some limits. Humidity and heat are my worst enemies and I excel in air conditioning.
Keep positive and make sure you jump on any sinus or bronchial infections immediately.
If you need help regarding emphysema please email me asap at [email protected] we already cured several patients sick with it using an alternative all natural method.

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