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My experience with copd

I have given up regular smoking of cigarettes, about 6 per day, for almost 54, yes 54 years. I put a dead stop to smoking one day, and not much withdrawal symptoms. After about 4 smoke free years I developed COPD – more specifically diagnosed as bronchiectasis – and now on regular medication of bronchodilator/mucolytic-expectorant syrup about one teaspoon dose twice daily, supplemented by COPD spray inhaler if symptoms appear suddenly. I am a 72 year old male, otherwise healthy, except breathlessness on exertion. Dust plays havoc and immediate attack occurs. So I remain indoors mostly. This is my story. Any comments please????

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi rangamaniiyer! First off, conrgratulations on being smoke free! That is an wonderful accomplishment and one you should be proud of. It sounds like you have been managing your symptoms quite well. It’s not unusual for people living with COPD to have some triggers that seem to bring on breathlessness or wheezing. Dust can be a common trigger. I know some of our members will wear face masks outside to cut down on any dust inhalation. Others may choose to go outside when dust is not as big of an issue, such as after a rain shower or early in the morning. Here are some tips from our experts on avoiding triggers — I hope this helps and thank you for sharing a part of your story with the community. We’re glad to have you here! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi rangamaniiyer and thanks for your post. While others in our community may reply to your request for comments, I wanted to welcome you to our website. You’ve provided us with a good synopsis of your present situation and we do appreciate your candor.
    I thought you might want to check out our Facebook page:
    You will find many from our community use it as a forum to share and exchange thoughts and ideas related to COPD. I’m sure you will find the interaction there to be quite refreshing and enlightening.
    We’ll look forward to your continued participation.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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