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4 days ago · Asthma, COPD, CVID and MAC in Lung Health

@merpreb had my allergy tests. I didn't react to any allergens. Ironic, I'm so healthy, except I ruined my lungs. They gave me one spirometer test- blowing out as hard as you can. They use a visual, a tree with leaves with the goal to blow off the leaves. I was able to do it easily, so it must of been easy.
One productive thing came from the exam: the doc said he wasn't surprised I got pneumonia 2x because the vaccine I got only protects against 1 strain. He sent me for a blood test where they test my immune systems reaction to various pneumonia strains. He claims that will tell them the type of vaccine to use when I hit 65 (3 more months), and that vaccine will be more likely to succeed. Have you, or anyone in th group, heard of that type of blood test.?

4 days ago · copd end stage. in Lung Health

I'm so sorry Robert. I pray there is something the docs can do to lessen your suffering.I know, through my job, morphine is used for end stage COPD and it helps , at least with mood.

Tue, Sep 3 11:21am · COPD/ Emphysema in Lung Health

@merpreb Hi,
no problem-even if you were arguing. I see an allergist next Monday. I don't see the pulmonary guy until next year-and if it was his choice it wouldn't be that soon.

Mon, Sep 2 7:54pm · COPD/ Emphysema in Lung Health

@merpreb that is what the docs and the pharmacist told me. Maybe the non medical term is "rescue" inhaler. As long as it's used properly what difference does it make? I just know it is the only one they want me to have. I just saw the pulmonary doc last week. I asked about new, additional or more effective inhalers he told me there were none, at least for me. That is the same inhaler they gave me 13 years ago, but I'm not complaining. My answer is not a palliative remedy (unless it is end of life-then I want generous access to fentanyl) it is my efforts at rehab-that's all I've got, unless they devise a break-through procedure that reverses the small airway damage.

Mon, Sep 2 4:31pm · COPD/ Emphysema in Lung Health

@merpreb I don't think it is a rescue inhaler. It is a use as needed but no more than 3 (or 4) times a day inhaler. And I usually use it after my weight training and just before my run.

Mon, Sep 2 10:21am · COPD/ Emphysema in Lung Health

it's called albuterol.
I haven't been checked for asthma,but I should be. What is the test? I have an appointment with an allergist (at my GP's suggestion) this month. Can he do an asthma check? I made the appointment because my doc thinks my COPD is mild so other conditions, hopefully treatable allergies, might be involved. My GP did mention that I might have "traumatic" asthma from smoking, because my symptoms are inconsistent. Yesterday I ran longer, faster (finished at 4 minutes per mile faster than day before) and I wasn't breathing heavy (unlike day before). I just assumed that vacillation in lung function was common in emphysema, but I will get checked for asthma. Asthma (unlike emphysema) is treatable?

Sun, Sep 1 7:16pm · COPD/ Emphysema in Lung Health

@jo54 Be safe. I postponed my trip (from Buff NY) to look at condo's in Bonita next week until late Sept.

Sun, Sep 1 12:44pm · COPD/ Emphysema in Lung Health

@merpreb the only reason I saw my pulmonologist last week is because my GP sent me out of concern for contracting pneumonia 2x in 3 years. The pulmonologist said my latest scans are infection free, and he isn't concerned about the recent pneumonia-while I had it 2x in 3 years I have only had it 2x since diagnosed with COPD 13 years ago (in fact in my entire life).