My struggle with doctors

My user name is dawnish.

I have been struggling with asthma for decades, smoking since 13 years old, quit smoking at 33 years old, my breathing slowly got worse as my life went on.

Before work, I had bad dizzy spells, ended up falling flat on my face, in the middle of a commuter rail track. Told my doctor, he said there was nothing can be done. I moved to Arizona, was referred to a pulmonologist and he took a battery of pulmonary function tests found I am in the moderate phase of COPD. I use a nebulizer and those meds open my airways.

I am on oxygen 24 hours a day and albuterol inhaler to help my breathing when outside with my portable tank, at home have an oxygen concentrator. My advice to ANYONE with COPD is to get a pulmonologist to start treating your disease correctly. This doctor has been my greatest advocate as far as my wellbeing is concerned. I hope I helped with getting the care you need. Take care. – Dawnish

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  • butterfly
    1 year ago

    I’m so glad you’ve found a good doctor. I to moved to AZ but haven’t been so lucky. On my second doc now and this one so far seems worse than the first. I wish you the best and hope you can one day get off the oxygen full time.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi dawnish and thanks for sharing your stories with us – your experience with asthma and now, with COPD. I couldn’t agree with you any more wholeheartedly – a good pulmonologist can be the physician of choice when it comes to treating pulmonary disease. Their special training and experience qualify them as experts and they can usually make patients feel as good as is feasible with their level of disease. We’re so glad that you found the right doctor for yourself!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Casey Hribar moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi dawnish!

    Thank you for taking the time to share that with us! Sharing your journey will certainly be beneficial to our community and its members! I’m so sorry to hear that your breathing has gotten worse over the years, and that you had such bad dizzy spells! However, I’m so glad you were able to quit smoking. That is such a healthful decision to make!

    It’s so great that you were able to find a good pulmonologist who also advocates for you and your health! That is amazing! So many members of our community report struggling with numerous doctors, or not feeling heard by their provider, but it sounds like you’ve been able to find a great physician and cultivate a strong relationship with them! That’s awesome!!

    We’re so glad to have you in our community, and hope you’ll continue to engage and share with us! Please keep us updated on your journey, we’re here for you! Best wishes, Casey (COPD.net Team)

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