copd end stage.

Posted by robertjr @robertjr, Dec 16, 2017

Sorry havent been spending much time writing lately.Been going to hospital few times for breathing lately..Had a few discussions with pulmonologist,fev was 16 ,going to needa wheel chair.Right now cant even walk out to the car.Even room toroom getting hard..I realize copd doesnt get better but im only 63 not that old.

@ppeschke

Robertjr I understand you saying that every day chores and activities have gotten to be too much. I am single and love alone so I have nobody to help get groceries or run errands or anything. My only support person is my sister but she has a very hectic life. You’re not alone!
I am wondering how can you get someone to understand your fatigue and some days just feeling sick? I feel her getting frustrated with me. I have declined rather quickly and I feel terrible having to ask her for help sometimes & I just feel a little like she thinks I’m just faking it at times.

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Ppeschke,im lucky my wife and children understand,ive been on a ventilator at hospital 5 times and have had grand mall epilepsy since i was 5 so i hope they be?ieve me.Ido feel like im a burden sometimes, b ut idont have much choice.

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@oldkarl

@robertjr I wonder if you and @ppeschke happen to have more than simple COPD? I have this, but in my case it is part of my Amyloidosis/LiteChain hATTRwt. My lungs are filled with nodules and lesions and other growths. Some clinics also call it Mixed Connective Tissue Protein Deposit Disease, or some variant. Most of the material notes that COPD is an early and continuing stage of several mutations of Amyloidosis. The best early tests are the SERUM FreeLiteChain (sFLC) and the 24 hour urine collection and protein test. If the sFLC returns high light chain >1.6 mb/dL and/or Heavy chain protein >1.9 mg/dL, the mis-folded protein is a problem. This disease can be treated now with Patisiran and some other just released meds. But the most important thing I can say is “Don’t give up. I am at the point I can not go up to the third step of my step ladder, but I can still celebrate being alive. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8

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thankyou so much.

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@robertjr

waterboy,with copd im alive but thats about it most of the time.

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Waterboy,i can handle small breakfast,or lunch thats it.

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bobp if you and doctors agree on transplant thats great.I was set to take coarse for lung transplant until cancer found,that stopped me from lung transplant.my age and condition ofcopd ruined my chance.

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@oldkarl

@robertjr I wonder if you and @ppeschke happen to have more than simple COPD? I have this, but in my case it is part of my Amyloidosis/LiteChain hATTRwt. My lungs are filled with nodules and lesions and other growths. Some clinics also call it Mixed Connective Tissue Protein Deposit Disease, or some variant. Most of the material notes that COPD is an early and continuing stage of several mutations of Amyloidosis. The best early tests are the SERUM FreeLiteChain (sFLC) and the 24 hour urine collection and protein test. If the sFLC returns high light chain >1.6 mb/dL and/or Heavy chain protein >1.9 mg/dL, the mis-folded protein is a problem. This disease can be treated now with Patisiran and some other just released meds. But the most important thing I can say is “Don’t give up. I am at the point I can not go up to the third step of my step ladder, but I can still celebrate being alive. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8

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The biggest problem to get over is understanding the difference between life and living. Being alive is just mechanically advancing the calendar from one day to the next. We, as humans, need a reason to living… to watch our offspring grow and welcome new ones into this world, ECT. I have found a new one, volunteering for clinical trials concerning COPD. Maybe some of my data can be used to help some other COPD victim. I volunteer at Mayo clinic Rochester.. what a great group of people in a wonderful setting. In the first study it was about exercise at home.. tai chi style. Learned you don't have to sweat to get benefits. Give yourself a reason to live is the best medicine… and the cheapest.

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@oldkarl

@robertjr I wonder if you and @ppeschke happen to have more than simple COPD? I have this, but in my case it is part of my Amyloidosis/LiteChain hATTRwt. My lungs are filled with nodules and lesions and other growths. Some clinics also call it Mixed Connective Tissue Protein Deposit Disease, or some variant. Most of the material notes that COPD is an early and continuing stage of several mutations of Amyloidosis. The best early tests are the SERUM FreeLiteChain (sFLC) and the 24 hour urine collection and protein test. If the sFLC returns high light chain >1.6 mb/dL and/or Heavy chain protein >1.9 mg/dL, the mis-folded protein is a problem. This disease can be treated now with Patisiran and some other just released meds. But the most important thing I can say is “Don’t give up. I am at the point I can not go up to the third step of my step ladder, but I can still celebrate being alive. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8

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Great words of encouragement! Trying to get to Mayo Rochester Pulmonology but the are not accepting any new referrals 🙁 > We moved from TN to MN in Dec 2015 and are now heading back and I was hoping to see a doc(s) in the best hospital in the world but I may not get the opportunity. I agree waterboy it is all outlook. I too will be looking at in home exercise i have to believe strengthening muscles will make breathing a little easier have a lower need for o2. Have breath easy day!

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@oldkarl

@robertjr I wonder if you and @ppeschke happen to have more than simple COPD? I have this, but in my case it is part of my Amyloidosis/LiteChain hATTRwt. My lungs are filled with nodules and lesions and other growths. Some clinics also call it Mixed Connective Tissue Protein Deposit Disease, or some variant. Most of the material notes that COPD is an early and continuing stage of several mutations of Amyloidosis. The best early tests are the SERUM FreeLiteChain (sFLC) and the 24 hour urine collection and protein test. If the sFLC returns high light chain >1.6 mb/dL and/or Heavy chain protein >1.9 mg/dL, the mis-folded protein is a problem. This disease can be treated now with Patisiran and some other just released meds. But the most important thing I can say is “Don’t give up. I am at the point I can not go up to the third step of my step ladder, but I can still celebrate being alive. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8

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If you have challenges before you depart MN. I encourage you to stop by St Mary’s Hospital ER, in Rochester where they have a great pulmonary team who could look at you in ER! They can further diagnosis and they may make an appointment for you at Mayo. They are all connected aren’t they?
Best

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@oldkarl

@robertjr I wonder if you and @ppeschke happen to have more than simple COPD? I have this, but in my case it is part of my Amyloidosis/LiteChain hATTRwt. My lungs are filled with nodules and lesions and other growths. Some clinics also call it Mixed Connective Tissue Protein Deposit Disease, or some variant. Most of the material notes that COPD is an early and continuing stage of several mutations of Amyloidosis. The best early tests are the SERUM FreeLiteChain (sFLC) and the 24 hour urine collection and protein test. If the sFLC returns high light chain >1.6 mb/dL and/or Heavy chain protein >1.9 mg/dL, the mis-folded protein is a problem. This disease can be treated now with Patisiran and some other just released meds. But the most important thing I can say is “Don’t give up. I am at the point I can not go up to the third step of my step ladder, but I can still celebrate being alive. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8

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Boy you have that right! In short 50% of living is attitude and determination! After my lung cancer surgery I woke up and had great difficulty finding my next breath… with most of my left lung removed.
The stigma and blame was a shock that just made me fighting mad! Doctors and staff understand that there is a lot of lung disease that any body can get.
Awareness Education & Research are critical to saving lungs and quality of life.

Exercise does certainly help along with diets and mindfulness. Dr Amit Sood Paced Breathing (began as a research study ) has helped my become Resilient.

I have learned to pace my breathing, and run. Even 10k races! And speak up/out
to help support the work of amazing and dedicated doctors and staff to help save more lungs and lives and give victims of lung disease. Because we must be one voice to give families and communities a better quality of life! Lung disease disease is Expensive and we must help change the face of lung disease together!’
I love your neVer give up attitude!

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@oldkarl

@robertjr I wonder if you and @ppeschke happen to have more than simple COPD? I have this, but in my case it is part of my Amyloidosis/LiteChain hATTRwt. My lungs are filled with nodules and lesions and other growths. Some clinics also call it Mixed Connective Tissue Protein Deposit Disease, or some variant. Most of the material notes that COPD is an early and continuing stage of several mutations of Amyloidosis. The best early tests are the SERUM FreeLiteChain (sFLC) and the 24 hour urine collection and protein test. If the sFLC returns high light chain >1.6 mb/dL and/or Heavy chain protein >1.9 mg/dL, the mis-folded protein is a problem. This disease can be treated now with Patisiran and some other just released meds. But the most important thing I can say is “Don’t give up. I am at the point I can not go up to the third step of my step ladder, but I can still celebrate being alive. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8

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We actually live in Minnesota. St. Cloud Hospital is where my husband is. I believe they would suggest Mayo if they thought it would help. But, I do appreciate you input and will keep this suggest in mind and talk to doctors.

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My husband was diagnosed with COP (BooP) having a biopsy of the lung. Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia. This is different the COPD. Antibiotics will not work, only steroids. My husban was on Finasteride and Tamsulosin for prostate problems.

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My husband is 60 and he has same story as you. I feel so bad. I can’t fix it. But he can’t walk to car without feeling like he’s going to pass out

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@kitkatkellykat @sneakerss . Im sorry about your loved ones.
My mother-inlaw suffered many years with COPD. Prior to her diagnosis with COPD she suffered a major stroke. She was paralyzed on the whole left side of her body. She spent the last 15 yrs of her life wheelchair bound, on oxygen. It is a very helpless feeling watching the struggles a loved one goes through with this disease. God bless them.

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@robertjr

waterboy,with copd im alive but thats about it most of the time.

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Do you ever feel like bric_brac just sitting there no energy or air to get up and move?

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I have a friend I have known since we were 3 yrs. old. We are both 68 now. She has COPD and I don't think she realizes how bad it is. She walks with a walker and can get around to bathroom to bed and to lift chair. I live in florida and she was in Indiana but I went to Indiana and brought her to live with me now. Guess I keep hoping she will get better and she has some but I wonder what to expect next. And how can I help her help herself more as I feel I have waited on her hand and foot but am thinking she should be able to do more on her own as far as making it to refrigerator for a snack or simple things. And from what I am learning she will only get worse. But she needs to be with me even if she ends up in assisted living since she has no family or friends in her home state. Am I dreaming thinking she will get better???

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Hi @jaynel77,

Before anything else, I want to applaud you on your dedication to your friend! I'm certain you've already made a difference just by letting her know how important she is to you. I'd like to introduce to other members on Connect talking about COPD and emphysema. Please meet @robertjr @oldkarl @waterboy @ppeschke @cognac @littleonefmohio @sneakerss @jo54 @crashnam @penlee @redsox. You can read more about them in these discussions:

– COPD/ Emphysema https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/copd-emphysema/
– Just wanted to say hello. Have congestive heart failure & COPD https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/just-wanted-to-say-helllo/
– Howdy fellow worriers: Questions about lung biopsy for COPD https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/howdy-fellow-worriers-i-speak-mainly-for-myself-ive-got-a-bunch/

The Mayo Clinic COPD Diagnosis and treatment web page (found here https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/copd/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353685) mentions seeking a support group. Is she part of a support group in Florida? Has she had any treatment for COPD?

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