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Copd flare up

  • By bassman

    Had a flare up 2 weeks ago, Dr prescribed predisone and antibiotic. Cleared up in a week, but came back 3 days ago, coughing, excess pleghm, wheezing. Went to local er, 5 hour wait time, left without seeing Dr. Gonna try to see primary Dr.soon. Using nebulizer at home and OTC meds. What OTC meds are good for copd flare ups?

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi bassman and thanks for your post. I’m sorry you had these flare-ups so recently, especially after treatment. While we cannot provide medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your own safety), I would suggest you speak with your doctor again since the symptoms seem to be persisting. This may require more than just over-the-counter remedies. What do you think?
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By twovillages

    I had RLL lung surgery over a year ago, Stage 1a thanks to low dose screening!! I lost 2/3rd of the lobe, sorry if that sounds awful. About four months ago I noticed my oxygen saturation will start to drop below 85 when I might just be sitting watching TV, or standing still. There is no reason since it is so sporatic. I still could do a 6-minute walk test, and the FEV1 was 150, and DLCO 50 last week at the pulmonologists. I’ve had more flares since the weather has been horrible in the mid-west this year. The pulmonologist said this was happening because I have not given my lungs enough chance to recover from the flares. I’m to use my mini-go if I go below 98, or if I can’t articulate a full sentence. I use 02 at night now.

    I know I’m lucky to have kept these higher numbers since I quite smoking 8 years ago. When the VATs surgery was done the surgeon had to put in two suture lines. He found really bad adhesions where a bicyclist had sent me to intensive care 8 years ago. The nodule was in scar tissue from that accident.

    I’m just wondering if anyone has heard of this. My GP had said something about me having 4 more years left a couple weeks ago, but I hadn’t had the recent PFT done at that point.

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi twovillages and thanks for sharing this part of your medical history with the community. We appreciate your candor. Perhaps others in the community will chime in and lend whatever experiences they have that might be similar to yours.
    I did want to mention that it’s unfair for anyone, including doctors) to predict how much time you have left. In many ways, that is irresponsible. Did you speak with the doctor further after that comment was made?
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