P.S……. I finally did throw tne nasty cigarettes away, 3 months ago, but I guess that is like closing the barn door after the horse gets out.
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Treatment depends on how advanced the conditiion is. They most likely will do a lung function test, to see how bad your lungs are. There are medications that can help some, such as Advair, Spiriva, Albuterol inhalers ( puffers ), Symbacort, Daliresp, sometimes a steroid such as prednisone. If your condition is bad enough, you may have to go on oxygen therapy, which is where I am at now. Let me tell you, IT IS NOT A PLEASANT LIFE !! I can not think of any sensation that would be worse than not being able to breath. Of course, I smoked cigarettes since I was 15, and I am now retired., so I guess the damage is self inflicted. If this is your first appt., you are probably not as far down the road as I am. GOOD LUCK TO YOU !!
I feel your pain, worst feeling in the world…… breathlessness. I can’t do anything, taking a shower is a major undertaking. However, I know what caused my problems……. 55 years of smoking cigarettes. I am 70 years old, and finally threw the darn things away three weeks ago, I have no desire to go back, but the damage is done, and it is devastating. I am starting pulmonary rehab. next week. Hoping for a miracle, I guess, but, maybe they can help me a little bit. Obviously, your problem is not the same as mine. But the end result is the same. Maybe you should see another doctor……. at least I know why I had to pay the price.