I am a new member on this site and am very happy to have found it.
This is my first post.
I am a single male who lives alone. Soon I will be 63-years-old.
I smoked cigarettes most of my life. I LOVED smoking. I have quit (but cheat once in awhile).
I was diagnosed with COPD/Emphysema 4.5 years ago.
I am on both Spiriva and Symbicort. I use Proair HFR as a rescue/emergency inhaler. I am not on oxygen.
The year following my diagnosis was easy. The medications - while outrageously expensive - worked wonderfully. I felt great! I never once used the rescue/emergency inhaler.
Today, I struggle -- some days more so than others. Some days, I become short of breath after walking two blocks. Some days, walking the same distance leaves me frantically gasping for air. Sometimes I'm winded when I walk from the livingroom to the kitchen. Sometimes the staircase that leads to the second floor of my home may as well be Mt. Kilimanjaro. Lately, taking a simple shower takes everything out of me. I can never anticipate how I will be tomorrow or the next day. (But I go to bed every night hoping for the best!)
I try to eat healthy food as much as possible.
I have confidence in, respect and enjoy my pulmonologist. I see him at least every quarter. He tells me that I'm doing well, that I'm a good and compliant patient.
I hate COPD and emphysema. But I will soldier on and do the very best that I can.
I'm happy to be a member of this site. I hope to be here for a long, long time.
Is anyone having trouble keeping weight on. I have lost a lot of weight what worse trying to eat more causes breathlessness
I was Diagnosed with COPD in June 2018 with only 39% lung function. Thanks to a new doctor and pulmonary rehab I am doing better than I could every imagine. I go to rehab 2 times a week and am enrolled in a fitness class 2 days a week. Yesterday I was able to do 20 minutes nonstop on the elliptical. I've been on Weight Watchers and although it has been slow I have lost 20 lbs. I've been...