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Richard’s Story

I’m 54 and have been playing hurling for 20 years. I retired 18 years ago. Two years ago I noticed when I was out walking my two legs would cramp after a 10 min walk so I went to the Dr. The Dr found nothing wrong so kept plod’n along. One day I wasn’t feel’n well and he sent me to the hospital… That’s where they discovered I had a narrow’n in heart so I got a stent in. So 2 years on my legs are the same and then I got very sick, was in hospital and they diagnosed me with COPD 3weeks ago. So it was a bit of a shock to put it mildly.

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  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Anthony9999 and thanks for your post. I see your screen name is Anthony9999 but you call your post “Richard’s Story” – is there a connection you would like to tell us about?

    We do appreciate you sharing your brief history and story with our online community. We can easily understand what a shock it must have been for you to receive a diagnosis of COPD. It’s always a challenge being told about a new and significant condition. Now that you are aware – have your doctors been able to educate you as to the nature of COPD that you have? Are you being treated? Are you on medication? Please know that you are always welcome here on our website. If there is anything we can do to assist you, please reach out here to me or any other moderator / team member. Wishing you the best, Leon (site moderator0

  • Barbara Moore moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Anthony9999,
    It sounds like you have a lot going on and I agree it must have been a shock to you. You are entitled to have a talk with your doctor and get more information on this disease. In the meantime welcome aboard and have a look around. There is lots of information here to help you.
    Barbara Moore (Site Moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Anthony999 and thanks for sharing this story with the community. We understand just how challenging it can be to first be told of a COPD diagnosis. Please know that we are here to lend support in any way that we can. We’re glad to have you as a member of our online community. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and joining the community, Anthony9999. A COPD diagnosis can be incredibly overwhelming and a lot to process! What are your doctors recommending for you at this time?

    We cannot offer medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your safety!), however, there are others in the community who also experience cramping as part of COPD. I thought these two articles (one a discussion thread from the forum) might be of interest to you:
    Please reach out anytime you need support navigating this new diagnosis. We are always here to listen. ~Allyson ( team)

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