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Sleep Apnea and COPD

  • By rstrickland777

    I was just diagnosed this week with stage1 COPD. I had gone for a consult with a specialist to set up a sleep,study and because I used to smoke over 13 years ago( thank goodness I quit back then) she decided I really needed PFT’s. Sure was not expecting it. I thought it was normal at my age to be a little winded after house work like even making the bed. I can walk for about 1/2 mile if I go slowly . After three spinal surgeries I just thought I was out of shape. I have lost many family members to COPD and lung cancer so I am ready to fight hard to try and slow down the progression of this,lung disease. I am blessed that I found this site.

  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi rstrickland777 and welcome. We’re glad you found this site too! First, congratulations on quitting smoking so many years ago – that is a genuine accomplishment AND it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself with COPD. If you’re looking to fight this disease, you’ve certainly come to the right place! In view of your comment about slowing down the progression of the disease, I thought you might find it helpful to look over this article on that very subject:
    You are always welcome here!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • By Janet Plank Moderator

    Hi rstrickland777 I hope that you are doing ok.

    Good for you for quitting smoking 13 years ago. That’s a big step that could possibly have slowed the progression of your COPD.

    You have had quite a few health issues that could have affected you and your abilities. COPD was bringing awareness that it was there too. I hope your PFT was ok. Being diagnosed at stage 1 is good. This way you and your pulmonologist/doctor are able to care for yourself and continue to slow the progession. Making beds is hard work, on your back and your lungs. When doing a bed you are bending which can affect your diaphram and your breathing. Good for you for walking! That’s so important. Other exercise as well.

    You mention that alot of your family members have had copd. Have you, or any of them been tested for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is the genetic/inherited form of COPD? If you haven’t been tested, I would definitely talk to your doctor about it.

    Here is a link that will explain Alpha-1 much better than I can.

    We’re glad that you came and love your “ready to fight hard” attitude.

    Wishing you a breathe-easy day/night. Let us know how you are doing.

    Janet (site moderator)