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The COPD Thread
« on: February 12, 2020, 07:27:34 pm »
Seeing as there's a decent concentration of old fuckers awesome vets on here, many of whom have partaken of dubious lifestyle pursuits in the past, or have been dealt a duff hand from DNAJesus, we really should have a thread where we can compare numbers.

I know there are some really old threads here about COPD, and some related to it but actually about other things - but if I wake up some thread from 2008 that had five replies, I'll be subject to muttering from the permanently annoyed.

So, I had my annual review this morning. I've moved to a working class, ex-mining community and the clinics around here have some VERY well attended (and needed) COPD support; I could tell the nurse knew what she was about.

I blew a 540 average - not too shabby for a 183cm tall, 60 year-old with smoking related emphysema in both lungs, and alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency. The nurse is more used to folks who need help walking from their car 15m away; y'know - the blue-lipped brigade. When she said "Do you manage to get much in the way of exercise?" and I replied "I ride my bike about 200km a week, and usually manage a couple of 10000 step days a week", she gave me the "What are you doing here?" look.

Next appointment - this time next year.


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Re: The COPD Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2020, 10:45:47 pm »
That's good news.

I sort-of get a similar feeling when I go to my rheumatology clinics. I suppose the difference is that when it first started, my rheumatoid arthritis really did reduce my quality of life a lot for a couple of years. Now the drugs regime works and I'm mostly OK.
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Re: The COPD Thread
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 08:23:51 am »
I was diagnosed with COPD some years back - I definitely had trouble breathing, getting to the corner shop and back destroyed me. Would be gasping, lungs heaving, going faint.

Ventolin made it worse.

Cause was tracked down to chronic gastric reflux; the acids were causing serious inflammation in my pharynx. Drugs and diet change sorted it.

Not being able to breath is terrifying.
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Re: The COPD Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 03:48:35 pm »
I was diagnosed  with emphysema in 2000 possible  cause smoking and working  as a blacksmith.
The following  year I had a lung  function  test and the nurse told me it was very  good and couldn't  believe  I had  emphysema, a new x-ray was booked, yes emphysema.
I bought an oximeter to see the results while cycling, on very long hills it dropped  to 83 that was the lowest, but the recovery was less than two minutes and most of the time  only one minute.
Told my doctor he but it down to me being  fit for my age.
In 2010 I had to have another  x-ray for asbestoses,  finding - nothing wrong with you all clear with no signs of emphysema.......... I really  don't know who is telling the truth


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Re: The COPD Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 05:30:42 pm »
My mother got told she must have had tuberculosis once a couple of years back as they found a shadow that must have resembled TB damage.

2 years later.  Nope, nothing there.  Never had tuberculosis. 

Lung X-rays may not be 100% reliable methinks.  Better to be safe than sorry though I suppose and check, but the worry - well I guess she was confused rather than worried.
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