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I was diagnosed four years ago with my specialist stating the onset was sudden and advanced. I have been hospitalized several times and on the last occasion suffered atrial fibrillation with the medics not expecting me to survive the night.

Six months ago I started to struggle even more to breathe and became more distressed. It has taken me time to figure out that as my lungs enlarge to compensate it is increasing pressure on my rib cage and on my diaphragm. I suspect the latter is aggravated depending on what sort and how much food I have eaten. I am learning to eat little and often and this is helping. As I am underweight this is careful balance as obviously I am trying to gain weight. Delicate balance but proving effective.

Hope this helps someone.

Yorkie Al

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  • Janet Plank moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi Yorkie Al

    Thank you for sharing. It’s nice to know that you are gaining weight, even if it’s amid that delicate balance.

    It sounds like you are understanding your COPD lungs and how they affect the rest of your body.

    I’m sure that someone or someone’s will be helped with your story. Even when someone relates can help, because others know that they aren’t alone.

    Have a breathe-easy night/day.
    Janet (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi Yorkie Al, and thanks for your post. We appreciate you sharing your own personal experiences with COPD and your medical history. I’m sure others will read your story and gain some benefit if it’s applicable to their own situation. We’re glad to have you here as a member of our online community. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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