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Just Diagnosed with Moderate COPD

This is my first post and wanted to join a community where I could get information about COPD. I am 77 years old and was first told by the VA that I had emphysema. This was about 20 years ago. They put me on some meds and and then I was put on Respimat, Combivent Respimat and albuterol rescue inhaler. I started having shortness of breath and went to a local doctor who did x-rays and said I had Pneumonia in my lower left lung. Went back after 2 weeks of meds, and found out that left lung was clear, but the lower right lung was in the beginning stage of Pneumonia. More meds. I was then sent to see a pulmonologist who order a CT scan of the lungs which came out normal. I then had the pulmonary function test which showed a baseline of 55% that went up to 63% after I was given 4 puffs of Albuterol, I think. The pulmonologist changed my medicine to Anoro, once a day, Budesonide Inhalation Suspension, twice a day, Albuterol Inhalation Suspension, and Albuterol Rescue inhaler, as needed but not together.

Sorry for such a long post but I was looking for input on this condition, what to expect and if there were thing that I could do to improve my lung function. Thanks for any suggestions or information.

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  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    Welcome SirFrancis
    Thank you for sharing your story with us, you have given us some great info from your 20 years of COPD.
    You were asking about things that could help your COPD!

    1. If you smoke, stop! This is most important.
    2. Do you exercise? Ask your doctor if pulmonary rehab is offered through the hospital. That is an excellent program. If not set up an exercise program at home. This can help slow the progression of your disease.
    3. See your doctor on a regular basis and as needed.
    4. Take your medication as prescribed. It looks like your doctor is staying on top of this for you.
    5. Proper nutrition.
    6. Have a support system. Face to face is great. See if there is a Better Breathers club. Regardless, if there is or if not, find an online support system, such as us here at
    7 If you are prescribed oxygen, use as prescribed. This is a medication as well.

    I hope you are over your pneumonia and having a better breathing day.
    Janet (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi SirFrancis and welcome! You’ve certainly come to the right place. No need to apologize as your post provides a good summary of your condition stemming from a diagnosis provided 20 years ago at the VA. You will find that at, we are all about all things COPD. Take a look around and you’ll see a variety of scientific articles about the disease, inclusive of emphysema, which you mentioned above. If we can assist you with anything in particular, please be sure to let me or any other moderator/team member know. At this point, I thought you might find it helpful to look over this material on the basics of COPD: All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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