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Diagnosed at 67

I was diagnosed with COPD when I was 67, I am now 71 and my symptoms are somewhat worse: chest cramps, difficulties sleeping, hard to walk more than 100 feet without stopping to catch my breath. Can’t go to the grocery store with my wife unless a scooter is available and going out anywhere is getting more and more difficult. I’m trying to get a mobility assessment but don’t know if I should go to my primary care doctor or my Pulmonary doctor. I smoked for over 50 years and now I’m finally discovering the cost of my procrastination, I’ve been tobacco free for 3.5 years now, but now with COPD physical activity is a real chore.

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Bigsid71! I am so sorry COPD is affecting your ability to be active. I know that can be frustrating, to say the least! I hope you are able to get a mobility assessment as soon as possible. I know many of our members have found that mobility devices give them back a sense of independence. We wish you the best of luck and last, but not least, congratulations on 3.5 smoke-free years! That is no small feat! Thank you for sharing and I hope Leon was able to answer your initial question. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. We would be happy to help in any way we can. Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    We hear you, Bigsid71. First, that is quite an accomplishment being smoke free for 3.5 years…and one you should be proud of.
    Since you have two physicians (primary and pulmonologist), I would suggest you start out with the doctor who you think is the most well-versed in insurance reimbursement and obtaining the mobility device that will help you.
    You may also want to check out our Facebook page where you’ll be able to communicate with members of our online community. You can access the page here: Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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