I am posting this thread in relation to someone I know who ahs COPD.
They has had it about 5 years maybe 6 and will be 79 soon. The person ignores the condition alot so we don't know what stage they are up to but after observation, I would say they are stage 3.
The person is not very tall, (a woman) and she has lost weight, she's quite thin, she's had most of the symptoms, swelled ankles, ache muscles, when she coughs you can hear the mucus and she gets out of breath when walking and when she talks alot. You can notice this more when she's not stable or sat down.
Sometimes you would'nt even know she had the condition though, when shes sat down she talks mostly fine or round the house, and can still walk to the bus station which is not to far. She is bad in the mornings, always sounds like she has a cold, very bunged up.
However, she still smokes, maybe 15 or more a day, roll ups and general cigerettes, she doesn't eat hardly any nutritional food, microwave pasties and drinks nothing but cups of tea, no fresh water. She doesn't exercise much at all, basically doing all the wrong things.
However despite her obvious conditions and she must be severe now in diagnosis, she has never been admitted to hospital for flare ups, or heart attack or stroke, or blood clot. I am not sure she has been offered oxygen but most likely she would refuse if she did. She has got inhalers but I have never seen use one.
Just wondering what her prognosis would be? seems like even though she is doing everything wrong, she is able to still go on and on so why would I need to give her any advice or stop smoking etc.
Or does one not have many series symptoms before the end.....