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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  • jumping88

    Been very long time since I been here

    hello I haven't been here in a very long time! I use to be here everyday but when friends started to pass I just couldn't be here. Im sorry for not coming back.
  • Mac12

    New to this

    Hi...I'm trying to create support for myself since I'm alone now (my best friend just passed) in end stage COPS with MAC and had a pneumothorax last month. Just need to find new friends & support navigating thru all this alone.
  • gracenme


    0 this is where some have gone. Gnott just joined not too long ago, along with a few others that had been here. not any of the old members here.
  • jarca1

    from the ds community forum yesterday'll see if the link button works)They claim that they are working on getting pictures back & addressing the "glitches" of this new board. I know many are as frustrated as I am and patience has never been my virtue so i'm going to stick around awhile to see if this board really does get the...
  • gracenme

    such a shame

    I have not seen a post here for awhile. wonder if others will pick up DS. sure no support here anymore. It helped me so much for the last few years
  • Hi everyone,I am panicking and would really appreciate if somebody could look at my spirometry values.About myself: i am 28, 1,84m and weigh around 78kgMy results came back as following:Predicted values: FVC=5.09, FEV1=4.24, FEV1/FVC82.2, PEF=10.42, FEF2575=4.66Pre bronchodihaltor: FVC=8.35(164%pred), FEV1=5.72(135%pred), FEV1/FVC=68.5(83%pred), PEF=12.65(121%pred), FEF2575=3.88(83%pred)Post...
  • 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.
  • bonniez

    Somebody screwed up a good forum.

    What the he**? Some idiot thought a Twitter format would work here? Somebody screwed up a good forum on COPD that I had come to depend on for information and inspiration to battle this disease. There's no way to converse here. I'm in stage 4...end stage...I'm out of here. I'm deleting this bookmark. I'm looking for a new COPD forum. I need a site that's a REAL FORUM.
  • Community LeaderWanderingVet


    70 y/0 male. Pack a day smoker for 50+ years. Recently diagnosed with 'early signs' of emphysema. Lately it has become apparent my lung capacity/function is compromised. Cannot take a FULL breath.Doing research and making Doctor appointments immediatly (soon as I can get 'em). I am SURE smoking cessation is in my near future. That will be the first BIG challenge. I have made INTENSE efforts...
  • Peta44

    COPD & Taking care of emotional health

    From the Cleveland Clinic - on Coping with COPDTake care of your emotional healthYour diagnosis of COPD, your symptoms, changes in your energy, and your concern for the future might cause you and your loved ones to feel angry, depressed, worried, or overwhelmed. Your concerns are normal. As you begin taking charge of your health and making positive changes, you might find these feelings start to...
  • deleted_user

    Anyone ever try "Hysmeton"

    Or will I be dooped once again
  • Docmend777777

    Trouble swallowing pills

    I have a friend of mine that has copd and Emphysema and is now having issues swallowing all size of pills. My wife has copd and has a simular issue but not as severe. Any suggestions?doc
  • Mamasdarlin

    How do i help to ease SOB?

    My wife has copd, chf and Parkinsons. She is under Hospice care but most of the time i am caregiving. Doc put her on morphine long lasting pills and addl bumex. Just walking to the bathroom with walker gets her so winded and SOB. What can i do to help? She already taking xanax and break through liquid morphine. I just want her to breathe easy and be comfortable. Thabk you
  • gracenme

    looks like all my friends are leaving

    This is so sad. I felt comfortable here and got to know a few here, its really sad to lose that. I wonder what hapened to some like jim, silverfox. and a few others , whatsaname . I know somw where having trouble and just wonder about them. I hope you all stop in sometimes, to say how you are.this is so sad
  • Mamasdarlin

    End Stage COPD?

    My wife's hospice doctor refers to her stage of COPD as end stage. I have been reading about end-stage COPD and it says they will stop wanting food. My wife eats a LOT, especially on the predisone it has increased her appetite. She will get SOB very easily and have to wear the trilogy machine during the day as well. How do I know for real what stage she is at? She has also recently been...