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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Is 6 liters of oxygen alot?

Hello everyone, my mother is 58 years old and has advanced COPD/emphysema from years of heavy smoking but she did quit smoking a couple years ago because she couldn't breathe but wasn't actually diagnosed with advanced copd/emphysema until a month ago. My mom was stubborn and never went to see doctors. She is now in the hospital and the doctors told me today she would need to be on oxygen 24/7 going forward and she is at 6 liters now. Is that alot? She also was just diagnosed with diabetes and clogged arteries (stents were put in). I am VERY worried about my mom. Can someone tell me what to expect when she goes home? She was crying terribly today because she said she is dying and couldn't live a quality life being on so much medication and oxygen. It breaks my heart. I know that no one can really tell me how long she has to live but can someone live for a long time on oxygen 24/7? Any advice or personal knowledge would be greatly appreciated.

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Sassy is right! You don't know anything yet! I am in "end stage" copd. There are so many things that can make a difference in her health. Ask her doc about her "fev1" (lung capacity)and any other questions you and she may have. Also ask if there is a rehab class that could help her in your area. Let us know! Take Care!
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I am on 4 liters 24/7 and doing ok.. Your mom should start to fell better once her body gets adjusted to the oxygen. If your not happy about what the doctor tells you go see another one. It is so important to have a good doctor. take care honey and let us know how she is doing. God bless you.Frieda
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i like most people thought havin copd an needin o2 was death sentence..... an it was as said a life sentence...jus have to make changed in daily living........... not always easy........at times i get sooooooooooooooo sick an tired of bein sick............. but i know this is bout the best it gonna be....... an most times i.m doin ok...... not only do i have copd but also gettin older...i make the most out of each an every day cuz it jus could be my last. an i been sayin that fer 13+ yrs now........