COPD & Emphysema Support Group

COPD is a progressive disease characterized by airflow obstruction or limitation. Emphysema is characterized by loss of elasticity of the lung tissue, destruction of structures supporting the alveoli and of capillaries feeding the alveoli. Both have symptoms that include shortness of breath, among other respiratory troubles. If you are a COPD or Emphysema sufferer, join the group and find support.

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  • Peta44

    Pulmonary Rehabilitation Video

    There are loads of videos on you tube but here is one Published on 20 Nov 2014 The Toronto Western Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Home Exercise DVD was created to help people with chronic lung disease learn to: - Be more active... more and watch the video here:
  • missy2010

    How do people cope with copd and Emphysema

    Hi,Its my first time on here, I am struggling with multiple chronic illnesses and would love to hear from other people who are struggling and what coping mechanisms they may have any tips would be so helpful.
  • missbehav


    I am only 46 and my doc says i have copd
  • DottieJean


    Good Morning!  Could anyone tell me why I don't wheeze lying down but only when I am upright?  Also I am So tired all the time I could sleep all day.  Anyone have any ideas for that?  I hope you are all having a good day.Dotty
  • Briaaa


    Hi. I'm new here and have a question. Does anyone suffer from numbness in your feet? 
  • DorchesterJules

    one question - it's like eating one potato chip

    My 82 year old Mom has been fighting COPD for years. Her heart is enlarged, she has kidney issues, her lungs are pretty shot, and her doc told her to put together her "bucket list". A month later, she's relegated to the couch and her wheelchair. While lying, her legs are red and swollen and when she does put them down on the ground, they become even bigger. She's unable to wear her supportive...
  • Rogersbaby


    Hello, I just joined this group due to my problem with COPD I was hoping to meet people that are going through the same problem that I have or maybe been there. I just need someone to talk to that can understand!
  • DottieJean


    I could sleep all day..........I have about 50 percent lung function is this normal????
  • Rogersbaby


    Feeling bad today had a spell last night and I'm hurting today! I'm just so tired of being sick all the time. It seems like I'm having more spells lately and they seem to be getting worse and worse.Going back to my family doctor next week I'm going to let him know what's going on. I'd appreciate any questions I need to ask that you think I need to ask. It just scares me and makes me mad all at...
  • Rogersbaby

    Who would have thought it

    I got up this morning and I've got a slight sore throat and my back is killing me! Of course living in Ms. doesn't help the weather will be in 70 then turn around and be 40% or lower so.......
  • jarca

    Albuterol PFT test = COPD

    when i have PFT tests done they do it "before & after" a dose of nebulized understanding is that if "after" shows a change then that means a person has asthma.if "after" has no change that means a person has COPDso; i used to have an albuterol inhaler (Ventolin HFA) and I told my dr it never seemed to help (at the time i just thought it was me).then i got sick & my dr ordered a...
  • gerald222

    New here

     I have had asthma throughout adulthood.  Over the last few years my doctor told me you are my worst asthmatic patient.  On my last visit she told me if your pulmonary function test number dont improve your lungs will eventually stop working.  Needless to  say this scared me.  I was referred to a specialist.  Have had CT scan and more pulmonary function tests done.  My first visit to the...
  • jarca1

    COPD Support Group Suggestions

    I just wrote up a whole post of suggested COPD support group sites & seemed to have lost it when trying to copy & past it to a new topic to make more sense. So i'm rather upset on another "glitch" I seemed to have found. Because of cutting & pasting this seems to be in all size of font. I am sorry but could not find a way to fix that; so please enlarge your font to a size you can read...
  • californialynn

    Diagnosed with COPD About 5 Years Ago

    Hi,I have a number of autoimmune diseases and about 6 years ago had a pulmonary embolism. During that time it was discovered that I have COPD. [I quit smoking in 1985 but the effects remain.] I also have very mild asthma.Until recently I've been pretty well maintained on Spiriva. Lately it hasn't been as effective. I don't want to use steroids because of other drugs I take. Any suggestions?Lynn
  • gro100

    I found my way back

    After several months I got my password to work with my old profile. Now I have to get used to the new format.