Question. Was the diagnosis COPD (chronic obstructive airway disease) or airway obstruction of the sleep apnea type because each of these is different and requires different treament and the pathogenesis is different. Copd is commonly smoking related (although not always) and sleep apnea is related to redundancy and/or excess tissue in the oral airway.
COPD. COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be caused by smoking about 90% of the time. There are other less common causes. Nevertheless, someone diagnosed with COPD can and is medically recommended to stop smoking to help slow the progression of the disease.
It depends. What are her other health problems? Chronic airway obstruction can be caused by copd, chronic bronchitis, sleep apnea, morbid obesity, or other factors. The treatment would depend on the underlying cause. Even a very enlarged thyroid gland can lead to airway obstruction. Treatment and prognosis depend on exactly what your mother's problems are.