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How Long Do You Live After Being Diagnosed With Copd
Care for Lungs well: With COPD if you prevent further damage you can prevent progression of disease. Take n-acetyl cysteine daily gives extra energy to mitochondria and acts as a mucolytic too. ...Read more
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
Diagnose...: COPD is diagnosed via clinical assessment and pulmonary function testing. Your family doctor can diagnose copd, although the pulmonary function tests are typically interpreted by a lung specialist and this report is sent to your family doctor. Lung specialists can also diagnose this disease. ...Read more
COPD is not a death sentence. It can be treated quite effectively, and many patients live long, productive lives despite their diagnosis.
The prognosis of COPD varies greatly, depending on its severity and how much lung function has been lost. And it is important to get regular follow up, take your treatments regularly, get all important vaccines (especially flu and pneumovax). And, stop smoking. ...Read more
A long time:
Although it depends a little on how severe the COPD is, for the most part, you can live a very long time with copd. I have patients with COPD getting treatment who live a very long time, and they have good, healthy, happy lives.
If you get diagnosed with copd, see a doctor and get treated. You can really have a productive life despite the disease. ...Read more
Variable: Some people with advanced COPD (poor fev1s) can survive for years - the trajectory of worsening and how often a person has "exaccerbations" is better indicator of a person's reasonable life expectancy. ...Read more
Optimistic!: Good treatment is available for maintenance of COPD patients. Prognosis is good for those who are compliant with doctor's advice! ...Read more
LVRS: Lvrs is usually done in pts w large bulla (air pockets) theory is that it allows the air pressure mismatch that has formed inside vs outside chest cavity to normalize (even though the actual amount of tissue is less, the tissue removed is no longer "working" ; the effect makes the other tissue less effective). Surg often makes quality life better but COPD tends to be progressive even after. ...Read more
Depends: If otherwise healthy and following proscribed health regimen, can stay in current stage for lifetime and even improve marginally. In a person who has stopped smoking, the primary cause for step-wise decreases in lung function is respiratory infection. Be wary of sick contacts, practice good hygiene and get appropriate vaccines. Good luck! ...Read more
51 yr old female diagnosed with COPD. Mild to moderate. How long before I start suffering? And how long do I have to live?
Narrowed Plumming: Through means we do not completely understand, people with COPD have narrowing of the tubes that deliver air to sacs in the lung where oxygen is absorbed. This is probably due to prolonged exposure to irritants that damage the tissue. The pressure from breathing out can further compress the tubes. The smaller the tube the longer it takes the air to pass. ...Read more
COPD: COPD stands for for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The term obstructive refers to the impaired ability to exhale due to damaged lung and/or airways. ...Read more
COPD: Inhalers-long acting beta agonist +/-steroid (advair, symbicort-most common combination inhalers approved for copd), anticholinergic (spiriva and tudorza), oral steroids, oral meds such as theophylline and daliresp, and oxygen to name the most common. One other combination inhaler called Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) had been approved for treatment in asthma but can also be used in patients with COPD with bronchospasm. ...Read more
Yes.: The sooner the better. You may not be able to do all you want but you will in the next 6 wks. Your fev1 declines following an exacerbation. This may take 90 days to reach your previous level. Excersise will not change this but you will feel better and not loose any gains you had before you were sick. Make sure its an all inclusive program. ...Read more
Depends...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease. The rate of progression is determined by many factors including age, disease severity at diagnosis, whether smoking is continued, presence of other disease states, etc. In order to answer this question for a particular person, see your doctor so the case specifics can be reviewed! ...Read more
Discuss With Doctor: Long Term use of Advair can have many side effects or few depending on the dose used and the duration of treatment, . Common reactions can include oral thrush, muscle cramps, and palpitations. Long term use could have some effect on bone density. You should read the package insert and talk to you doctor. ...Read more
It depends on many things: (1) how severe the COPD is; (2) how many symptoms you have from it; (3) if you are still smoking or not.
Some people have very mild COPD that doesn't need treatment and can live a long time with it. Others need inhalers and other treatments; others may need oxygen. So, it really depends on how bad it is and what other factors are present. Hope this helps. ...Read more
How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?
Not much: If you really have end stage COPD and you have 90 % fluid in lungs and not treated for it you won't live longer. Technically if you are end stage COPD and any fluid in you lung, you already will be on a breathing machine or life support. ...Read more
Can I file for ssi/disability if I can't stand any longer than 30 minutes due to back pain and have copd?
Yes: An evaluation will be done to determine if you meet criteria for SSI based on your limitations and objective health data. ...Read more
Mild to moderate COPD. Having long breathes out. Feels like body trying to get all air out. What can I do?
You MUST see a Lung specialist!!!
Please let me know how things went. ...Read more
When having a mastectomy single or double. How long ate you on hosp? Complications likely to arise from copd?
Speak to your doctor: This question can only be answered by your surgeon and anesthesiologist. If you find that your questions are not being answered, then get a second opinion. You should be made to feel comfortable by your clinician when asking questions. It is your right to the information as a patient. ...Read more
Depends: COPD is a progressive condition. From first diagnosis the time can be considerable. Today's drugs (not all cases need them), pulmonary rehab, exercise programs and many more can allow a long and productive time. Of course smoking cessation (if applicable) can slow the progression. ...Read more
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more
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