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How long can you survive end stage copd?

My mom has been in stage 4 COPD for over 2 years. I am her caregiver and help her with everything. She is on 3 litres of oxygen 24 hours a day. She is on morphine (a small amount) and is mostly confined to being indoors. She is very weak and always SOB? Her days are the same over and over. How long does a body survive this hardship, day in day out ? Does anyone have a similar story?


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  • Barbara Moore moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi KatieQ, Leon is right, there is no one answer fits all for this situation. Leon suggested getting some help so that you can perform some self care and that is maybe the best you can do. if you get sick who will take care of mom.
    If mom is interested in some chair exercises, YouTube is full of some that she might interest her

  • Barbara Moore moderator
    8 months ago

    I think it is very certain that no two people will feel or act the same way with any stage of COPD.
    It is impossible to predict with any certainty how long your mother will live. I understand it is tough to watch your mother go through this on a day to day basis but often exercise of any kind can help.
    Does you mother do any chair exercises?

  • katieQ author
    8 months ago

    No she doesn’t. Any movement really takes all her breath away. Standing up to go to the commode will exhaust her. She is pretty well stuck in the one room . We have a hospital bed and everything she needs in one room. She has been like this for over a year.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi again, katieQ – I’m sorry your mom is going through this. I understand how difficult this must be for you too, as her daughter. Do you have any help at home providing her day-to-day care? If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let me or any other moderator/team member know. Warm regards, Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi katieQ and thanks for your post. While we cannot provide medical advice over the internet (for your own safety), your concern certainly warrants a comment. This is a common question in our community and sadly, there is no one right answer. Since COPD affects everyone differently AND it is impossible to predict longevity for those who have the condition, it becomes a question that goes unanswered. We do have community members who are living with the condition for 10, 20 and even 30 years! You may want to discuss the medical plans mom’s doctor has in mind for her moving forward. Please do check back and let us know how you and your mom are doing. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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