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Life Expectancy With COPD

8 Apr 2016
| Under COPD, Disease Education, Lung Disease, Medical | Posted by | 134 Comments
Life Expectancy with COPD

There are currently 24 million Americans living with a severe and deadly condition. The nature of this disease causes the lungs to deteriorate and makes every breath an effort. As the years progress, the condition ultimately takes its final toll upon its sufferer. This is the nature of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more commonly known as COPD.

COPD encompasses two very different conditions known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but both conditions are characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. To this day, there is no cure for COPD. Treatment is available to help stop the progression, but that is pretty much it. While many patients with COPD know there is no cure for the disease, many people will ask the very same question: how long do I have? Let’s talk about the life expectancy with COPD.

The Facts: How Long Do Most People Have?

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Let’s go ahead and clear the air, shall we? When talking about the progression of COPD, there is the unfortunate fact that death will occur at some point in the span of the patient’s condition. This post is meant to highlight an all too common question asked by patients:  What is my life expectancy with COPD?

There is no simple answer or rule when estimating the life expectancy of someone suffering from COPD. Having such a severe and progressive lung disease will shorten your lifespan, but this depends on a number of variables, like the overall health of a person, the other medical conditions they have developed and their lifestyle and habits. One method that doctors and researchers have developed for measuring life expectancy is with the GOLD System. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease developed a measurement system that helps track the progression of COPD by stages. Here are the stages:

  • Stage 1 – very mild COPD
  • Stage 2 – moderate COPD
  • Stage 3 – severe emphysema/chronic bronchitis
  • Stage 4 – very severe COPD

Each stage has a different impact on each sufferer, but the general idea is the higher the stage of COPD, the shorter the life expectancy. Another system that doctor’s use to measure life expectancy with COPD is with the BODE Index. This system of measurement keeps track of your body mass index, airflow obstruction, dyspnea (trouble breathing) and a person’s exercise capacity. Here is a calculator that can demonstrate the BODE Index.

COPD Life Expectancy

According to one study, scientists found that people with COPD had a much increased chance of mortality than those who do not suffer from the disease. Using the GOLD System, researchers kept track for years of patients with COPD. The results also found that current or ongoing smokers have a shorter life expectancy than patients that quit.

What Can I Do to Treat COPD?

The Lung Institute also offers an alternative COPD treatment through autologous stem cell therapy or stem cell therapy from cells from the patient’s own body. Highly trained Lung Institute medical professionals extract the patient’s stem cells from blood or bone marrow tissue. Then, they separate the cells and return them to the patient intravenously. Once in circulation, the stem cells can begin to promote the healing of lung tissue, which can potentially improve lung function.

In a recent stem cell research study, 82 percent of patients reported an increase in quality of life after stem cell therapy. Also, of the patients that reported results from a pulmonary function test (PFT), 60 percent reported in results that showed improvement in lung function after treatment.;

Where can I learn more about COPD treatment options at the Lung Institute? 

With clinics nationwide, the Lung Institute will likely have a clinic near you. We are happy to answer your questions and discuss stem cell treatment options with you today. For more information about COPD treatment options at the Lung Institute, feel free to contact us at (800) 729-3065.

 

134 Comments

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  2. PB

    1 week ago

    Dear Liteboho,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with coughing and pulmonary conditions. Because chronic lung diseases are complex and affect everyone differently, it’s best to discuss your questions and concerns with your doctor and pulmonologist. There are a variety of types of chronic lung conditions that have similar symptoms, such as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, COPD, bronchitis and more. So, it’s highly important to talk with your doctor about your symptoms. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

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  4. Liteboho

    2 weeks ago

    I am 25 and have been coughing for 2years. First was diagnosed with TB and completed the treatment and tested negative for TB. But the coughing never stopped. Next it was assumed to be bronchitis..received the treatment but still the coughing does not stop. And recently have been on asthma treatment and still coughing a lot especially on cold days. I have never smoked, always avoided secondhand smoke. I don’t drink alcohol as well and have never worked in my life. Can this be COPD and can I be alarmed as yet?

  5. PB

    1 month ago

    Dear Melissa,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges your dad faced with COPD, and for how COPD has been such a difficult condition in your family. It’s good that you have quit smoking. While there isn’t a cure for COPD, it’s also important to remember that there are treatment options available. In addition to medications such as inhalers, alternative treatments like stem cell therapy may help. Stem cell therapy for COPD works to promote healing from within the lungs. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge and are happy to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Melissa

    1 month ago

    My dad was diagnosed with copd almost 9 years ago, he continued to smoke and didn’t see his dr very often. He died july 4th 2016 from lower lobe bilateral pneumonia secondary to chronic airway disease. We feel ge slipped through the cracks of the medical system, his dr never referred him to any specialist or done any other tests when my dad did go to see them. They would just give him a script for antibiotic and send him on his way. It was never explained to him exactly what he was suffering from. The only medications he had were pulmicort and ventolin, now we’re left without our dad and unable to obtain gis medical records. My poor mum woke up and found him, an image she will have forever etched in her memory.
    I feel medical professionals look down on people with copd as its usually due to smoking, smoking is legal so why not ban it? And when quoting the costs burden of copd, please remember that cigarettes have taxes on them, if people understand that then they may not think that smokers are wasting tax payers money. I myself just quit smoking 2 and a half months ago i feel the damage is already done to me, I’m 36, my dad had copd as did his mother although she was diagnosed at 50 she died of old age and not copd. And an aunt of my dads also had copd although again she did not die from it or any complications of copd. My dad was just 70 years old

  7. PB

    2 months ago

    Dear Julie,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear of the challenges you and your father faced with COPD. We want to thank you for sharing some of your story and your father’s story with us, and we extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Julie

    2 months ago

    I just want to let others know of what I know of COPD. I was told by my fathers doctor that he was in end stage copd and his time was limited but he couldn’t give me any idea of whether he had years or months left in him. So I went home and googled end stage copd and saw some people have been in end stage going on 7 years. So I think I have at least 5 more years with my dad. I was very wrong. He died 12 days later at the age of 62. He was a co2 retainer and had been on oxygen for 6yrs. He had chronic pneumonia but surprisingly did not die due to pneumonia. The doctors urged him to go from the hospital to intensive respiratory therapy in a nursing home. I feel the nursing home hastened his death. He was suposed to be there for rehab not hospice. The day he died he still had physical therapy. He was not ready to give up. Unfortunately his lungs were working too hard. A couple red flags for when the end is drawing near, increased hospital visits and loss of appetite. I wish I was more aware of what the end looked like so that I just spent time holding his hand instead of trying to fix everything.

  9. PB

    2 months ago

    Dear Billy,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your story with us. First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you and your family members have been facing with chronic lung diseases, like COPD and lung fibrosis. Because chronic lung diseases affect everyone differently and at different rates, it’s difficult to say what exactly you’re facing. However, there are some common symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue, that all lung diseases share. Unfortunately, at this time, there is not a cure for COPD, but there are treatment options available to help ease symptoms. Read more about the various treatment options by clicking here. COPD can be caused by a variety of things, such as smoking, long-term exposure to environmental or work place pollutants, and even a rare genetic deficiency called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. It’s important to see your doctor regularly and to talk with him or her about any questions, concerns or changes in your symptoms. Feel free to check out our blog for articles on a variety of topics. We hope this information is helpful to you, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Billy

    2 months ago

    Hi , 53 years old male just diagnosed with mild COPD, was as a thick, taken off all meds and started on ultibro , wheezing a lot, all maternal uncles in trouble with fibrosis of the lungs , would appreciate any honest input as to what’s facing me……worked in Mills and asbestos buildings all my life….so honesty please…..

  11. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Cody,

    Thank you for your comment. Because we don’t know your girlfriend’s personal medical history and because we’re not her doctor, we cannot say whether or not she has COPD. If you and your girlfriend are concerned that she may have been misdiagnosed, it’s best to talk with her doctor. Because your girlfriend’s doctor know her and her health situation well, he or she will be able to best answer these important questions. You can also look into seeing a pulmonologist, which is a doctor who works with people with pulmonary conditions. We hope this is helpful, and we wish you and your girlfriend the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Cody

    3 months ago

    My girlfriend has just been diagnosed with copd at the age of 20. I do not see how this could be possible. She has smoked for about 3 years but lightly she may would smoke 10 cigarettes a day. The doctor told us she was already at stage 2. She has never had a job that involved her being around any toxic fumes or anything either. Is it possible she was misdiagnosed? i have done some research an it says that over 40 percent of people are diagnosed an actually do not have the lung disease. Please help

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  14. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Michael,

    Because COPD affects people differently and at different rates of progression, it’s challenging to give an accurate median age of death. For some people, their COPD could stay in the mild stage for a number of years before COPD progresses to the next stages. However, in other people, COPD progresses very quickly. COPD symptoms also range in severity from person to person and progress at varying rates over time.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. Michael

    3 months ago

    Why can’t someone just give the median age of death of someone with COPD instead of answering the question like a politician.

    My question … What is the median age of death of a person with COPD?
    Answer: The median age of death for a person with COPD is XX years.

    It’s not any more difficult than that.

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  19. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Donald,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with COPD and open heart surgeries. Like you, many people with COPD find it difficult to breathe in very hot weather. Because your doctors know you and your health situation the best, it’s important to discuss your questions and concerns with them. They will be able to work with you on your current treatment plan. For many people, stem cell therapy has helped them breathe easier by promoting healing within the lungs. To learn more about stem cell treatment options and to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We wish you the best and look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  20. Donald

    5 months ago

    I have COPD and I can’t do anything without meds. Or a oxygen bottles. It’s been really hot lately and I can hardly breath or cough up. (Sorry) and my normal pulmonary doctor graduated and moved on and now I have to start over with a new intern. I have been taken 20 mlgs of Prednisonefor about two months and I can’t stand all the side affects and withdrawal from it when I try to stop taking it. Since 2011 I have had 2 open heart surgerys with tricuspid valve transplant in both. Last one was February 17 2016.. surgery was good but I couldn’t get stable after .. had me on a ventilatorfor 3 days before I finally could breath on my own. I have to have another heart surgery in about 5 years… But I hope I don’t because I dont think I will survive this time with my lungs being so bad.. what should I do.. please help

  21. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Andrew,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time with COPD. Many people with COPD have trouble walking short distances and feel out of breath like you. If you’re finding working challenging, you may want to consider talking with your doctor. Your doctor knows you and your health situation well, so he or she can help guide you best. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  22. andrew

    5 months ago

    i av copd and find it hard to breath when walking a short distdance or getting on public transport ifeel like im drowning. i am allso finding it hard to work do you think i should go on the sick.

  23. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Trish.

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear of the challenges you have been facing. It’s understandable to feel frustrated and afraid. Once you have a diagnosis, you and your doctor can work on a treatment plan that is best for you. This plan may include a variety of items such as medications, pulmonary rehab, diet modifications and more. When you have a diagnosis of a chronic lung disease, while challenging, there are things you can do to maintain a good quality of life. Being active and enjoying your favorite activities like gardening and walking are great activities for people with lung diseases. Of course, it’s important to monitor your lungs and treatment plan with your doctor as well as your activities. Here are some tips to help you manage morning headaches with COPD. Feel free to contact us to learn more about stem cell treatment options by calling (855) 313-1149. We hope this information is helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  24. Trish

    5 months ago

    I’m 53 – never even took a puff of a cigarette my whole life, never had a job that inhaled fumes, but I grew up in a house where my mom smoked all 21 years that I was in the house. I do not have a confirmed diagnosis yet and am hoping I am in the early stages (if its confirmed). They have a high suspicion due to certain blood tests of mine inching up ever 6 months when I had them done while trying to diagnose my problems with headaches every morning. I am devastated even thinking about it. All I can think about is not being able to do all the hiking my husband and I love to do, as well as gardening and swimming. I am hoping it doesn’t progress quickly. I guess this was more of a venting email and you may hear back. But the whole process and possible prognosis is very scary to me .

  25. connie rustvold

    5 months ago

    hope this one comes to ya …little different setup than last one

  26. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Charity,

    Thanks for your comment, and thanks for sharing some of your story. Quitting smoking is very challenging, so it’s good that you have been able to quit smoking and have remained smoke-free. Some people with COPD have found adding certain herbs to their diet or eating a lung-healthy diet have helped them feel better. You can read more about herbs that help COPD here. You can also discuss ways to help you breathe easier with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend pulmonary rehabilitation, diet changes, relaxation techniques or certain exercises, so talk with him or her about what could work best for you. We are happy to answer any questions you have about stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to learn more. We wish you the best, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  27. Charity

    5 months ago

    Hello. I am 45 years old. I smoked 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day from the time I was 14 until I was 31 years old. I quit smoking 14 years ago, and had zero trouble breathing during that time. Then about a month ago, I got a sudden and severe shortness of breath. I was diagnosed with COPD (emphysema kind). Right now, my lung function is considered better than normal and I actually scored 115% on my FEV.

    I am still reeling from the diagnosis – but I keep reading that the best way to prevent COPD getting worse is to quit smoking. Well, I did that. What else can I do?

    With treatment, I am breathing fairly well again – not like before, but much better than during the initial outbreak of it. I have never experienced anything so scary before, and I want to do anything I can to keep it from worsening.

    Thank you for your time.

  28. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Leanne,

    Thanks for your comment. Lung disease affects everyone differently. Many people find quitting smoking difficult, but it’s important to keep trying to quit smoking. We’ve created a smoking cessation guide to help people on their journey to being smoke-free, and you can check it out by clicking here. We also recommend talking with your doctor about your questions and concerns. Because your doctor knows you and your health well, he or she will be able to best guide you. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  29. Leanne devey

    5 months ago

    Hi ya I av had copd for jus over a year now and stil can’t quit smoking I av tried but find it really hard I’m 35 and single mom to my 15 year old son can u tell me how long I could live if I stil carried on smoking thank u

  30. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Marvin,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time with COPD and other health issues. Like you, many people with COPD have difficulty doing daily tasks. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about stem cell treatment options at the Lung Institute, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge and are happy to answer your questions one-on-one today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  31. Marvin Dunn Jr

    6 months ago

    Marvin 48 NC
    I was diagnosed with severe COPD in 2010 after having a pulmonary embolism & my pulmonologist said I had probably no more than 5 years to live and actually broke down crying for me. But anyway they put me on coumadin for a year & then I had to come off of it because they thought I had bladder cancer. But wound up not having cancer & my blood Dr told me it was fine for me to come off of coumadin & 99% most people never have anymore problems, We’ll in June 2014 I wound up with another & haven’t had any since. I’m backing up now back to July 2013 they thought I had lung cancer so I went in one day so they could go in and took sample from my nodes & sent them off to the pathologist & everything came back fine but I still had 2 large lumps in my right lung and came back a week later & had a lungnectomy & took 40 % of the right lung & I’ve done fine up until about 4 months ago. When I decide to try and go to sleep I fluff my blanket 1 time & catch it with my legs so my blanket wraps my legs but doing this simple thing takes my breath away for about 10 mins along with sweat, also now a simple thing as getting out of bed to take 10 steps I lose my breath. Is there anything that I could do to help me improve my situation. ? I also have anemia one since 2012 & have low blood pressure & weigh 300 lbs. Would love some input or even allow myself to be cut on for helping any research that will help me or the next person.

  32. sh

    6 months ago

    Dear Robin,

    Yes, indeed–that’s an unusual question for us. Relationship questions aren’t our forte, but after some thought, I have two suggestions for you. The first is that you check out our COPD page at this link: https://lunginstitute.com/lung-diseases/copd/. Take a look at the facts about COPD, and be informed.
    The second suggestion is that you speak with someone you trust, feel you can confide in, and whom you consider wise. Ask for some sound advice.
    Good luck, Robin.

    Best Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  33. Robin

    6 months ago

    Hello, I have sort of an unusual question. I’ve been in and out of a serious relationship with a guy named Brian for a long time. We recently got back together and he told me that he has copd. He’s 25 years old and has told me that he was told that he only has 2 years to live. I have reason to suspect that he might be being dishonest about being sick. I have not seen any hospital papers documenting his copd and I question the fact that he can do a decent amount of physical activity without trouble if it’s so severe that he only has 2 years to live. I know that you can’t give me a for sure answer on this, but any information would help. Thank you. Sincerely, Robin.

  34. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Zack,

    First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies, and we’re sorry to hear that your father has been going through such a difficult time with COPD. We also wish to thank your father for his service to our country. For many people, COPD can have times of symptom flare-ups. We would be happy to speak with you and your father one-on-one over the phone regarding stem cell treatment options and to answer any questions you have about stem cell treatment. Give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators today, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  35. Zack

    6 months ago

    Hello my name is Zack,

    I just stumbled across this when i was looking up help for my father. He is 64 years young. He started smoking when he was 5 and quit about 6-7 years ago I am very proud that he quit, but it was to late. He has Stage 4 COPD. He does go outside when it’s not to hot outside and as long as he uses his power wheelchair/scooter thing. I was wondering I know how to manage his sudden symptoms that occur every so often. More in the summer when it is to hot outside. But what i was wondering is do you think he would be able to undergo stem cell treatment? I have researched a lot about stem cells and the miracles they can preform with the treatment so is it possible to treat my father he is the only parent i have my mother never raised me or even cared about me as far as i can see and i have lived with him for 30 years i am 35 and the only time i left was when i got married and moved to another state. Now though i have been living with him for the past 6 years and i take care of him it’s not easy most times but i love him he’s my dad and i want him to have a better chance. I know currently he can get on hosparus, but he’s not ready to give up his fight and that is all hosparusis there for to help you die better. That isn’t my dad he is retired military he served 20 years in the army & national guard. He’s a fighter and now I’m not taking care of him on my own i finally have help as my older brother just moved back to Kentucky (that’s where i live with my father) from Arkansas but if the stem cells could help my father then i want it done I always want the best for him out of love and life. Thank you for any reply i receive and have a blessed day.

    Sincerely,
    Zackery

  36. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Tracie,

    First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies, and we’re sorry to hear that your mom is going through such a difficult time with COPD. Unfortunately, for many people with COPD, they catch colds and infections more easily than other people, which can lead to hospitalizations for some people. COPD affects everyone differently, so it’s important to talk with your mom’s doctor about your questions and concerns. Because your mom’s doctor knows your mom and her health well, he or she will be able to guide you best. In the meantime, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We wish you and your mom the best, and we hope she feels better soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  37. Tracie

    6 months ago

    Hi my mom is 73 with copd :( every time she catches a cold she ends up staying in the hospital:( this time she has a infection in her lung and severe bronchitis dr also said she very dehydrated . Dr told her that her copd is getting worse can you please be honest and let me know what’s going to happen to her if she is at the bad stage:(

  38. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Liv,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear that you and your mother are going through such a difficult time. We recommend talking with your doctor about your questions or concerns you have. Your doctor knows you well, and he or she will be able to guide you and help you. Sometimes talking with a doctor or counselor is very helpful. We wish you and your mother the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  39. Liv

    7 months ago

    Hi,I’m Liv,also I’m currently 14 and my mom has Marfan Syndrome,and COPD.She has lived with marfans her whole life(she is 46), but she never told me or my dad about COPD,my dad overheard her doctor.We don’t know what she hides from us but she has gotten worse in the recent years.She had to quit her job over medical issues,also she smokes alot,a pack a day.She drinks too.Last week she mixed a med called Ativan with her drink,she told me she was going to the store and never came back until 9 pm,I had to persuade her to come home.She hasn’t been to the hospital in months,which is good,but she may need a lung transplant in a year or two.The reason I’m posting this is because,as a child I don’t get all the facts,neither does my dad anyways but I’m worried.She smokes so much she can’t even get up the next day,shes nearly bed bound most of the time.I’m scared she will mix meds with drinks again and crash or something.We beg her not to smoke but she says shes fine,but i don’t know anymore.I have this gut feeling that if this keeps up she will end up getting herself killed.My mom used to be a sucessful business woman,now shes this sickly woman who smokes and drinks until she drops.Along with her having Marfans and COPD, what do I do.I don’t want to see my mom killing little my little anymore.

  40. sh

    7 months ago

    Hello, Jenn.
    We’re glad to hear you’re still feeling pretty well.
    Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, it’s best to speak one-on-on with one of our patient coordinators. They can discuss the issues that bear on whether you might be qualified for treatment, and which type of therapy would be best for your particular situation. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cell treatment options and their cost, and they’re happy to answer your questions. Please contact us at (855) 313-1149. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  41. Jenn

    7 months ago

    what are the cost of stem cell treatments? I am in stage 2 copd. other than shortness of breath when I over do it I feel fine.

  42. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Nancy,

    We’re sorry to hear that your mother has been going through such a difficult time with COPD. Following her doctor’s advice and quitting smoking is very important. We understand how difficult quitting smoking can be, so we hope that this article about tips to quit smoking will be helpful. We would be happy discuss any questions you or your mother has about stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  43. Nancy

    7 months ago

    My mom was diagnosed with COPD around 5yrs ago. She is now on oxygen 24/7. My mom was rushed to the hospital Monday morning due to her COPD and she is now on the by-pap machine. My mom still smokes and was told yesterday by the Dr that if she doesn’t quite she will not be around much longer. Would treatment work for her?

  44. mike

    8 months ago

    I ordered one of these: http://www.alersense.com/ -and I’m waiting for it to arrive. I think it might help allergy sufferers.

  45. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Sophia,

    We’re sorry to hear that you and your mom are going through such a difficult time. To best answer your questions, it’s important to discuss your questions and concerns and your mom’s questions and concerns your mom’s doctor. Because your mom’s doctor knows her, her health, and her treatment plan the best, he or she will be able to best answer these questions and help you find the best treatment options. You and your mom can also give us a call (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators about stem cell treatment options for your mom. We have patient coordinators who are fluent in Spanish, and we would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  46. Sofia

    9 months ago

    My mum is 39. She was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis 5 months ago. She may be in stage 2 but not sure. She never smoked but the last 9 years she has been working as a cleaner. She uses an inhaler but her breath gets short at times. She doesnt know how serious is her disease, im the only one who knows it because i searched it, and her soctor said he would call but he didnt yet. She does exercise every day at her work. So, is her tratment good for her? Which would be another treatment? Should she find another job? Please help me, she means everything to me. Sorry for my english, im from spain.

  47. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Val,

    We’re sorry to hear that you and your mother have been going through such a difficult time. Because your mother’s doctor knows your mother and her health the best, it’s important to discuss any questions or concerns you have with your mother’s doctor. Your mother’s physician will be the best to advise you and your mother. If you’re interested in learning more about possible stem cell therapy options, please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We would be happy to answer your questions one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  48. Val

    9 months ago

    Hi I would like to ask advice, my mum has always has a problem with swallowing her weight has now dropped to around 4 to 5 stone, she became very ill in the last week and has been admitted to hospital as she had trouble breathing and moving for 5 days, she has been diagnosed yesterday with a lung infection which her antibiotics have not started on, and emphysema, today we have been told she has copd, she is in a bad way, I live a 2 hour distance away and I’m told to wait to make the trip for more information, im worried that this has been fast decline can things be as fast as this?

  49. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Jane,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time. To best answer your question, it’s important to talk with your doctor about your questions, concerns, and symptoms. Because your doctor knows you and your health the best, he or she would know if seeing a pulmonologist would be helpful for you. Your doctor will also be able to give you a recommendation of which pulmonolgist he or she thinks would be a good specialist for you. We hope this is helpful, and please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 if you have questions regarding possible stem cell treatment options.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  50. Jane

    9 months ago

    I am Female, 63 next month. I developed asthma in the last few years, felt it was due to years of having cats. I take a maintenance Qvar daily, with a rescue Proventyl prn. Since Nov 2015 I have had 3 episodes of asthmatic bronchitis, I thought from getting a cold from my grandchildren. Before Nov 2015 I had several bouts over the last few years, don’t have the dates but seems a cold always turns into this awful fever, cough, Peak Flow 250 in the MD office and at home. I no longer have cats of course, for 3 years. It seems though that I always have a lot of fluid even when not sick. Should I see a pulmonologist?

  51. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Art,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing your story with us. Sharing stories is a great way to help other people and to learn something new. We’re sorry to hear that you have been going through such a difficult time, but we’re glad that you have found some of our articles helpful. We’ll keep researching and writing articles in the hope of continuing to help people. If you would like to learn more about stem cell treatment options, please feel free to contact one of our patient coordinators by calling (855) 313-1149. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cell therapy, cost and possible treatment options. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  52. ART

    9 months ago

    Hi I am 62 yo male. Disabled RN. Formally worked in aeronautical industry for 10 years and years of EMS and Industrial medicine experience prior to that.. I was tested in September for COPD stage. FEV1 was 58% borderline stage 2 and 3. Never smoked a single cigarette in my life. 53 years as IDDM I also have a very rare trachea disease called tracheobronchomalicia. Which in my case causes my trachea to leak secretions into my lungs. I experienced 11 episodes of bronchitis in 2015. Since September 1, 2015 I have had 14 episodes of bronchitis. I have just recently had my 15th bronchoscopy to remove fluids from my lungs. Highly susceptible to bacterial infections especially nosomical infections. (hospital grown bacteria many of which are antibiotic resistant.) I was exposed to a number of chemicals in the aerospace industry which are now (by OSHA regs) required to use charcoal type breathing apparatus when using and protection from absorbed means as well. The trachea disease is in its most serious and dangerous stage. Normal cause of death in this disease is bacterial infection. In the 15 bronchoscopies over past 24 months only 3 have had cultures come back negative for bacteria. I am a pink puffer (I maintain my oxygen levels in mid to high 90s unless I experience a very severe episode of pneumonia/ bronchitis or unless I have tracheal spasms which have dropped O2 sats into the 60s.) I am determined. Have had many miracles in my life. The combination of COPD with diabetes is not good. corticosteroids make blood sugars almost impossible to control. On insulin pump many years. Do a fair job with this problem. The trachea disease does not respond to steroids. I am going to try the 5 natural herbs listed in one of the posts above and have ask my pulmonologist to arrange pulmonary rehab. asap. this helps many with COPD. I have also done much research on hemp oil and COPD. This is part of cannibus but has no THC in it and is legal in the United states. I am working with a Holistic Nurse. That works regularly with cancer patients sent to her by 2 different oncologist. She has had much success. I do every thing possible to avoid bronchitis episodes but they keep hitting me back to back over and over again. Got to stay out of hospital. I don’t know much about stem cell work but will definitely research it further and in depth. As I said above I have experienced MANY miracles since the age of 9. In 2014 December I was hospitalized with my FIRST episode of DKA in my adult and adolescent life. I was being treated with steroids at home for bilateral aspiration pneumonia. Was taking high doses of insulin to keep blood sugars down as best as possible. But insulin pump came loose. I no longer get ANY symptoms of High or low blood sugars test very frequently. After hospitalization Dec. 2014 I did a follow up appt. with a Kidney specialist. He told me while I was comatose my kidneys suddenly shut completely down. He expected me to die. But suddenly my kidneys started working full function with all normal labs. He told me “I cannot give you any medical reason why your kidneys just suddenly started working full function. And I can’t give you any medical reasson why you are alive. You should have died in your condition.” God has always been there for me and He will guide me in the right direction. For HE is not through with me yet. God bless each of you seeking help. and God bless the LUNG INSTITUTE.

  53. George 7563

    9 months ago

    Ok, thanks for your help

  54. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Emmalou,

    We’re sorry to hear that your father has been going through such a difficult time. To answer your questions, it’s best to speak with your father’s doctor. Even though you’re having a difficult time getting him to the doctor, perhaps continuing to encourage him to see his doctor will help. You can also try other comfort measures such as natural remedies to promote lung function and ways to improve oxygen levels. It’s still important to speak with your father’s doctor about your questions and concerns as well.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  55. emmalou82

    9 months ago

    I believe my father has COPD, but he isn’t willing to see a doctor to get it confirmed. He’s had a cough for over a year now and has been sleeping in a recliner chair so he can breath at night. He can’t keep a job anymore and he won’t admit it, but my family is positive that it is because he’s fatigued from his shortness of breath. As I mentioned my dad won’t go see a doctor, and he won’t quit smoking. What kind of measures towards helping can we take? How long could my dad live under these circumstances?

  56. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Katie,

    We’re sorry to hear you’re going through such a difficult time, and we understand how frustrating what you’re going through can be. These are all good questions. However, to best answer your questions, it’s important to talk with your doctor. Because your physician knows you and your health the best, he or she would have the advice you’re looking for. We suggest writing down your questions, concerns and symptoms so that, when you see your doctor or pulmonologist, you’ll feel more prepared for your appointment. You can also speak with one of our patient coordinators to discuss your questions and stem cell treatment options by calling (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  57. Katie

    9 months ago

    Hello. I am 32 years old and quit smoking almost 5 months ago. I was experiencing wheezing with exercise (not every time) so I was sent for a PFT January of this year. I was told it was normal from my doctor and even the tech kept saying it looked great.
    About 3.5 weeks later the wheezing was getting worst and not only while exercising. I went to an urgent care early February where I was told I had “whisps” on my lungs and a flattening diaphragm. She didn’t seem concerned at all. Told me that it was great I guilt smoking and the whisps are irritants my lungs are trying to get rid of… but mentioned “early COPD”
    I am scared now and seeing a pulmonologist.
    How could I just have a normal PFT??
    Could the X-ray tech had snapped it at the wrong time and that’s why it appeared to be flattening?

  58. Cameron Kennerly

    9 months ago

    Hello Em,

    First and foremost we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your mother. However, more information is needed on her condition, medical history, and current medication, in order to have your question answered. For our assessment of your mother’s condition and a recommendation on what options you may have for treatment, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak directly with one of our qualified patient coordinators.

    We look forward to speaking with you,

    -The Lung Institute

  59. George 7563

    9 months ago

    I was diagnosed with COPD when hospitalized approximately 1 year ago. I smoked for approximately 40 years and the smoking was heavy for the last 20 years. I quit smoking in the hospital and have not started back (nor will I ever start back). I take Breo and Spiriva once a day. I feel fine when working and no more out of breath then when I was a heavy smoker. However, at night when the day calms down, I often feel somewhat short of breath and a little panicky. I have some questions for the community.

    1. Is the panicky feeling ok? I noticed that when my RA doctor prescribes pain medicine, I don’t have the shortness of breath when inactive or the panicky feeling.

    2. Is it important to find out if I have emphyzema or chronic bronchitis?

    3. And yes, what is the life expectancy? I am a 55 year old male with normal activity and a former smoker.

    Thanks and any information would be appreciated.

  60. Em

    9 months ago

    I am hoping for a little help and honesty here, as my mum was diagnosed with COPD 2 years ago. Since then she has had frequent hospital admissions with pneumonia and several exacerbations that we have managed at home with antibiotics. She is now on oxygen therapy, and struggles with mobility due to her breathlessness. She is pretty much housebound. We have been told that she also has heart failure. Not one of the medical professionals will give an estimate or tell us how the disease will progress? I guess I just want to be forewarned so I know what to expect if anyone can help? Thanks for reading.

  61. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Beth,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time. Many people with lung disease find walking to be difficult. It’s important to talk with your doctor about any symptoms, questions, or concerns you have. One thing you can do is keep a list of things you want to remember to talk with your lung specialist about and take the list with you when you see your physician. To help you in your search for a support group, check out our article about finding a lung disease support group. To find local support, try searching on Google for support groups in your area. We hope you find this information helpful.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  62. theresa

    9 months ago

    My name is beth,i was told i have copd.i am not a smoker,i came to usa 37yrs ago .when i was 16 i was told i had asthma .i am now 52..i guess i am in the frist stages of copd..i do have issues walking. i get out of breathe and between my scapula hurts whenever i go for a walk..now i am waiting to see a lung specialis. This is scarying me really bad.. ill have find a support group here in los Angeles

  63. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Belinda,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’re going through such a difficult time with emphysema. Many people with chronic lung disease have similar challenges with weight, breathlessness, and walking. To best answer your question, it’s important to talk with your doctor. Your physician knows you and your health conditions the best, so he or she would know what types of therapies could work for you. If you would like to learn more about how stem cell therapy could help you breathe more easily, feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  64. belinda

    10 months ago

    I was diagnosed with severe asthma in 1992 I quit smoking after 25 years in 1990 but Feb 2015 I was diagnosed with emphysema I was told then it was mild I’m losing weight can’t carry anything and walk with it without getting breathless would steam therapy help me

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  66. Cameron Kennerly

    10 months ago

    Hello Ricardo,

    Thank you for your question, and no need to apologize for your English, believe us when we say your English is much better than our Spanish! Although it’s difficult to give advice on your father’s condition without the specifics of his health and smoking habits, from the condition you’ve described with your father not needing oxygen and having very little mucus, it may be worth getting tested a second time with a different doctor. Everyone’s symptoms and energy levels can be different depending on nutrition, exercise, living conditions, and family history, but it would be worth re-examining whether the diagnosis of your father’s stage is accurate.

    Hope this helps Ricardo!

    -The Lung Institute

  67. Ricardo gonzales

    10 months ago

    Hello, my dad has copd, the doctor said he is the last stage after he made the test to se If he had copd. When.they made the test he was in the hospital , very week he could harldly blow. I just dont understand why they made this test while he was very week, doesnt this afects the results? My dad since he came out , he has not use oxygen, because he doesnt need it, his oxygen levels are between.92 93% , every day he makes breathing exercise, and i see that every day his lungs are stronger , his breathes more easly, and with more strength. Ive been reading a lot of this, and.seen people in stage 1,2,3 and have trouble breathing , my dad no. He has very few mucus. My question is should my dad take onother test, ? Thanks and sorry for my english im.from mexico

  68. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Alok,

    We’re sorry to hear that you and your mother are going through such a difficult time. Keep in mind that discussing your questions and concerns with your mother’s doctor is important. Each patient has his or her own story and health situation, so finding the right treatment is important. For more information about possible treatment options, it’s a good idea to discuss your mother’s situation one-on-one over the phone with one of our patient coordinators. We would be happy to speak with you and answer your questions today. Please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  69. alok dubey

    10 months ago

    my name is alok, my mother is suffering from ILD disease stage 4, doctors said that the both of her lungs is detoriate by the 80 percent and 50 percent respectively, she is suffering from this disease for about 15 to 16 years long.can you please help me out and suggest if there any hope for the treatment,possible ways of reduce the pace of the disease.plzz do reply quickly and give some hopefull recommendation sir.

  70. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Sid,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time. Unfortunately, shortness of breath is common in people with COPD and other lung diseases, which can be frustrating. However, with advancements in medical technologies, there is still hope. The Lung Institute uses stem cells from the patient’s own body to help promote the healing of lung tissue. For more information about stem cell therapy, cost, candidacy, and possible treatment options, feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149. Our well-qualified patient coordinators are ready to answer your questions, and we look forward to hearing form you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  71. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Nola,

    We’re sorry to hear that you’re going through such a difficult time. COPD affects everyone differently, so it’s important to discuss any symptoms you experience, any questions you have, or any concerns you have with your doctor. Staying smoke-free is very challenging for many people. Here’s a blog article about the best tips for quitting smoking that we hope you find helpful. Your doctor is another great resource for tips and techniques to help you stay smoke-free.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  72. Sid Lansdell

    10 months ago

    I was dianoised copd after hip surgery in 2009 & stage iv what can I do
    If any relief ahead can’t do much breath gets pretty short at times,
    Maybe there still hope yet .

  73. Nola Chipman

    10 months ago

    Two years ago A doctor said I was boarder line c.o.p.d.. So I should have stopped smoking. I’m not a heavy smoker, and I’m quitting all the time. Lately I have had a bad cough,and hate the feeling of choking scary. Today was the worst. I felt like this was it. Sweats, all over my body. What would you advice, oh I’ve quit smoking for 3 days. I’m 75. So stupid.

  74. Cameron Kennerly

    10 months ago

    Hello Daniel,

    We’re sorry to hear that Daniel. Please keep us updated on your progress as you learn more.

    Best wishes,

    -The Lung Institute

  75. daniel

    10 months ago

    Hi I’m Daniel I’ve been smoking for 42 years now and I got diagnosed with COPD and I still smoke two packs a day I’m fixing to go see you what stage of COPD I have I’m sure it’s not good

  76. ann nguyen

    11 months ago

    could be good the people can prevent away from COPD…..education people how to prevent…..

  77. Cameron Kennerly

    11 months ago

    Hello Patrick,

    First and foremost we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to your recent decline in health. We can assure you that we empathize with your condition to the utmost degree. In regards to bettering your energy levels and breathing, although we cannot recommend a particular drug, we can suggest a few natural treatments address these concerns. For starters, nutrition plays a large role in regulating energy levels. In one of our most recent articles we suggested 4 lung juices that not only pack the crucial vitamins and nutrients the body needs, but also contains active ingredients that lower inflammation and promote clearer airways. In addressing your sleep issues, we would suggest incorporating house plants in your bedroom. These plants work to generate increased oxygen levels while also purifying the air around you. Higher oxygen levels in the air work to encourage easier and deeper sleep.

    However, if these natural remedies only provide only temporary relief from symptoms, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than addressing symptoms alone, stem cell therapy works to reduce inflammation and promote healing within the lungs themselves. If you ever have any questions regarding stem cell therapy or tips for living with lung disease in general, please reach out to us at (855) 313-1149 and we’d be happy to assist.

    Best,

    -The Lung Institute

  78. Patrick

    11 months ago

    I’m a 54 year old male, former smoker, quit 17 years ago. Have had issues with asthma,allergies since childhood. Have had pneumonia twice and bronchitis multiple times. If I do get sick, it is usually in my lungs. I was just diagnosed with COPD. Have started breathing treatments in home, when needed. I am not overweight and until recently, exercised 3-4 times a week. My energy level has dropped considerably and don’t get much sleep because of breathing. Any suggestions to help would be appreciated, thank you.

  79. PB

    11 months ago

    Dear Jude,

    Thank you for sharing some of your story. We’re sorry to hear that your ex-husband is going through such a difficult time. To best answer your question, it’s important for your ex-husband to talk with his doctor. Because lung disease affects everyone differently, talking with your doctor can help you get your questions and concerns addressed by someone who knows your situation best.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  80. Jude Mathis

    11 months ago

    My ex-husband was just diagnosed with stage 5 non-cancerous lung disease. He is 70 and has chain smoked since high school. It sounds like a death sentence in the near future. Is that an accurate assumption?

  81. PB

    11 months ago

    Dear Shylo,

    Thank you for your comment and for sharing some of your story. We’re sorry to hear that you’re going through such a difficult time, and we understand how going through COPD can be frightening. If you’re looking for a doctor, you can try asking friends, family members, or even people at lung disease support groups who they would recommend. Because COPD affects everyone differently, it’s important to see your doctor regularly. When you see your doctor regularly, you can ask him or her any questions you may have, and you can discuss any concerns you may have as well. In addition to talking with your doctor, you could also try joining a lung disease support group for added support. We hope that you find this blog article about finding a lung disease support group helpful.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  82. Shylo

    11 months ago

    Hello, I am a 26 year old woman, mother of one, diagnosed with stage 2 copd at 23, I still do not understand how it happened. I had seen a pulmonologist, but he just kept saying I’d be fine was young, that if I took my inhaler, and lost weight it would get better. But it’s just gotten worse, and I’m scared. I don’t know what to do, and I’m afraid to go back to the doctor to be turned away again because I’m too “young”

  83. PB

    11 months ago

    Hello Denise,

    We’re sorry to hear that you and your dad are going through such a difficult time. It’s best to talk with your dad’s doctors, but we understand that sometimes that’s not easy to do. You could try writing down all of your questions and concerns ahead of time, so you will have your thoughts organized when you talk with the doctors. Remember to leave space to write down the doctors’ responses to your questions. It’s important to ask questions and discuss options, so hopefully, having your questions and comments written down ahead of time will help.

    We wish you and your dad the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  84. Denise Esther Berry

    11 months ago

    My Dad is 88 and will be 89 this April (2016). He’s had at least three bouts of pneumonia in the last year and four COPD exacerbations. He also has a history of alcohol and drug abuse and only in the last month quit drinking (because he was in the hospital for at least four weeks; first diagnosis chronic on acute respiratory failure/delirium/ 2nd diagnosis pneumonia/delirium. He’s now in another hospital recovering from latter diagnosis. The hospital is suggesting calling in a palliative team along with the rest of his geriatric team. I do not know his FEV score but know he’s breathless after mild exercise. How do we get his physician team to talk honestly to us about his long-term prognosis?

  85. PB

    12 months ago

    Dear Heather,

    Thanks for sharing some of your story, and we’re sorry to hear that you’re going through such a difficult time. Many people find it difficult to quit smoking. One great resource for you is your doctor, so remember to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about COPD or quitting smoking with your doctor. Also, we have written a blog article that you might find helpful, which has tips on how to quit smoking.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  86. Heather Robertson

    12 months ago

    I am 45 years old and I have just been diagnosed with COPD. I AM STRUGGLING WITH QUITTING CIGARETTES..ITS SO HARD FOR ME. Scared is an understatement.

  87. Cameron Kennerly

    12 months ago

    Hello Patricia,

    First off we’d like to say thank you for your comment. We really appreciate you sharing your story with us. But in response to your question in a recent pilot study conducted internally, our patients saw an average 30% improvement to their quality of life within 3 months of treatment and a 20% average increase in lung function. If you are considering alternative treatment, we urge you to contact one of our well-qualified patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 to discuss your options.

    We can promise you that it’s a conversation worth having.

    Happy Holidays,

    -The Lung Institute

  88. Patricia Patterson

    12 months ago

    I have been diagnosed with COPD. However, I have only smoked 1 cigarette in my life and have not been around a lot of smoke. I am 62 years old and have some other health problems. Would stem cell treatment be an option for me.

  89. michael lewendon

    12 months ago

    I used thalidomide to help boost my immune system twice a year and it help my COPD immensely I’m aware of its past and use it carefully, why would this drug help so much?

  90. PB

    12 months ago

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your story. We’re sorry to hear that your Nan has recently been diagnosed with COPD. However, we are glad to hear that she has been off cigarettes for three weeks. That’s a great start. We wish you and your Nan the best, and we hope she sees continued improvement.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  91. Ben

    12 months ago

    My nan has recently been diagnosed with COPD and although they haven’t gave her a life expenctancy so far, they’ve basically told her if she doesn’t quit smoking she’s killing herself. So far she’s been off the ciggies for around 3 weeks now and the improvement to her health is incredible!!

  92. PB

    12 months ago

    Hello Robert,

    Thanks for sharing story. Sometimes sharing an experience helps others who might also be experiencing something similar. We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time with COPD and emphysema. Those conditions affect everyone differently, which can sometimes make finding the right treatment plan difficult. However, talking with your doctor and discussing your questions and concerns can help. At the Lung Institute, we offer an alternative treatment option. For more information, feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable patient coordinators by calling us at (855) 313-1149.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  93. Cameron Kennerly

    12 months ago

    Hello Steve,

    We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and to your family for your recent struggles in health. Although your issues are deeply troubling, we encourage you to not give up hope. These may be incredibly trying times for you and your family, but please, keep fighting.

    -The Lung Institute

  94. Robert. Anthony

    12 months ago

    I was diagnosed with copd with emphysema i am 65 yrs old i smoked for 50 yrs . I was diagnosed in 2009. I quit smoking 6 months after my diagnosis My last test i was down to17 % lung capacity. I am not on oxygen my level stays around 94% i do a 40 mg of steroids. Advair. Spirva. and nebulizer treatments every 4hrs.I fight for breath all day every day.It make life so hard not just for me but for my family

  95. Steve

    12 months ago

    My wife Debbie, 58, is in stage 3 of COPD as part of another desese she has called Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis X with a blood disorder. She was diagnosed 11 years ago and has continued to smoke every since. Nothing her three boys Myself or any of her doctors, or people who care about her have had any luck getting here to quit. She has gained weight and wears XXXL clothing. she spends 95% of her day lying in bed watching d TV shows and sleeping. I dont know what to do. We have been married for 19 years I had cancer this year and have many medical problems and no income since February. Life as been tough on us both. We all die, I understand that, but I have had to sell everthing of value. Is there any help for us to pay our bills till my disability is hopefully approved? Steve

  96. PB

    12 months ago

    Dear Angela,

    Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience. We’re sorry to hear you’re going through such a difficult time. Hopefully, our blog with possible tips to help you quit smoking will be helpful. We understand that living with COPD and emphysema can be very scary and difficult. Because your doctor knows your medical history the best, it’s important to share your concerns and questions with your doctor. Talking with a mental health professional can help you learn coping strategies, stress-relief strategies, and hopefully, help you feel better. Feel free to call us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our knowledgeable patient coordinators about possible treatment options and for general information. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  97. Angela

    12 months ago

    I was diagnosed with COPD and emphysema in 2008. A few days ago I went to see my lung doctor and he told me I only have 20 percent lung function and I needed to quit smoking. In order to be considered to be on the list for a transplant I have to be smoke free. I asked him how far back was I needed to do this he says it’s been months but for me to quit smoking, why didn’t he tell me this along time ago instead I had to ask to find out and I may die before I even get put on the list. I’m scared and don’t know how to react, I want to cry, scream, but it’s no one’s fault but my own.

  98. Matt Reinstetle

    1 year ago

    Hello James,

    Thank you for sharing, if you’d like to learn more about the Lung Institute and how cell therapy can be a treatment of lung disease, please give us a call at (888) 510-7519. Thank you and have a great day.

  99. James dunham

    1 year ago

    I am 53 yrs old. I quit smoking and started having issues with my breathing. Before my diagnosis, i was in and out of E R 6 times. 2 times by ambulance. After getting into the V A hospital, i was diagnosed with stage 1 emphysema and asthma. I experience exaserbations every once in a while. I have symbicort for asthma and combivent inhaler for my emphysema. And i have a nebulizer machine. I still work and require no oxygen. Please ! I am scared. My oxygen levels are maintained at about 97 % but my lungs are only operating at 57%. I have and will not smoke again. But i am losing weight. Please. Dont smoke. I experienced asthma attack a few months ago. It was bad. Hospitalized all night. Thank god for the staff and drs and my cardiopulmonologist at the V Hospital

  100. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Anne,

    Thank for your comment and for sharing some of your story. We are sorry to hear that you and your mother are going through such a difficult time. COPD affects everyone differently, so it’s best to talk with your mother’s doctor about her specific condition. Remember to ask your mother’s doctor any questions you and your mother may have and to discuss anything that concerns you. If you and your mother would like more information about cellular therapy or to talk with one of our patient coordinators privately about your specific situation, please feel free to call us at (855) 313-1149.

    We wish you and your mother the best, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  101. Anne

    1 year ago

    My mom is 64 years old and she has copd. She was just diagnosed with copd! She can’t breath without her oxygen! What is her life expectancy! She is my best friend and my mom and I don’t want to lose her so early! Please give me some answeres! Thank u Anne

  102. Cameron Kennerly

    1 year ago

    Hello Susan,

    We’d like to start off by saying we’re sorry to hear about your recent health struggles, however we appreciate you reaching out for more information. In regards to your question, that’s actually a question for one of our patient coordinators. Please contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our coordinators at length, to address the specific issues you possess and to discuss your treatment options.

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan and we look forward to hearing from you,

    The Lung Institute

  103. sh

    1 year ago

    Dear Susan,

    We’re sorry to hear of your lung trouble. We also recommend seeking a pulmonary specialist. A trained physician, in person, is the right person to comment on the severity of your lung disease. Once you have received a proper diagnosis, if you would like to learn more about whether stem cell therapy might be an option to slow the progression of your emphysema, please reach out to us at (800) 729-3065 for more information.

    Best Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  104. Susan

    1 year ago

    I ended up in the ER a few nights ago because the bronchitis that I had been diagnosed with ended up becoming pneumonia. While at the ER they ran a CT with contrast to rule out blood clots. Results came back no clots but atleast 50% of each lung has diseased cells, emphysema. I was urged to seek a Pulmonary Physican soon.
    I am a 47 year old woman who has smoked for many years not to mention having the personality of pushing myself to the limit for others and not taking time to take care of myself. I guess my question is, is 50% in both lungs severe? I do understand that there is a lot more that is involved in diagnosing the stages.

  105. PB

    1 year ago

    Hello, Silome,

    Thank you for your comment. COPD affects everyone differently, so it’s important to tell your doctor about your symptoms. It’s also important to discuss any questions, comments, or concerns you have with your doctor.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  106. silome martin

    1 year ago

    I am 46 yrs old was diagnosed with copd 2 years ago…i started struggling to breath and my left side front swollen is this normal for copd

  107. sh

    1 year ago

    Hello, James.

    At the Lung Institute, we offer cell therapy treatments as a means of combating the symptoms of lung diseases such as COPD. To find out whether your mother’s illness qualifies for treatment at the Lung Institute, please call us at 1-855-313-1149, and one of our patient coordinators will answer any questions you or she might have.

  108. James Pinkham

    1 year ago

    My mother was told she has stage 4 copd and is now kn oxygen on setting 3 and if she getsup to kove around she may have to increase itnto a higher level. She has bbronchitis and emphysema aswell. Wiuld she be a canidate for stem cell treatment? As everyone else say, I love my mother and she is too young to die. We are open to all things that will help he. Please help Thank you

  109. sh

    1 year ago

    Dear George,

    Unfortunately, stem cell therapy is not considered an effective treatment for cancer at this time. We wish you the best of luck and future health.

    Respectfully,
    Steve

  110. George

    1 year ago

    I have stage 3 lung cancer.i have a3 of my lifet lung lifed and i have copd my.lung cancer in remission and my lung capacity.is 53 per can i still qualify for stemcell therapy

  111. sh

    1 year ago

    Dear Megan,

    At the Lung Institute, we offer cell therapy treatments as a means of combating the symptoms of lung diseases such as COPD. You may choose to ask your mother if she is interested in exploring whether the Lung Institute could help her with her symptoms. If so, she could pop over to our website at https://lunginstitute.com, or give us a ring at 1-855-313-1149, and one of our patient coordinators would answer any questions she might have.

    We wish you and your mother all the best.

    Steve

  112. Megan

    1 year ago

    My mum is 34 years old with 3 beautiful children me, I’m only 16 years old & my two brothers are 9 & 4! I’m scared she won’t see any of us grow up? She still smokes doesn’t see the point in quiting! I’m so scared the more I read the more scared I get she’s 34 years old will she be dead before she’s 40 I’m so scared no one understands my mother is my world!

    We live in the UK I’m just so scared I can’t lose my mum she won’t even see my grandchildren or maybe her little sons grow! I’m so scared someone give me answers please is this as serious as everyone makes out? It’s not lung cancer? Surely she will be ok! My heads all over the place someone please help me with answers my heads going round and round I can’t lose my MUM!!!!!!

  113. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Tami,

    I’m sorry that your mother is in the hospital but glad to hear that she is responding well to treatment. I did a little research and found an Australian website that lists a clinical trial for lung disease, however the location is in Mexico. Here is a link to the site: http://www.stemcellsaustralia.edu.au/About-Stem-Cells/Stem-Cell-Clinical-Trials/Lung-Disease/Chronic-Obstructive-Pulmonary-Disease–COPD-.aspx

    There is a phone number on the website; perhaps you might reach out to them for locations that are closer to home. Otherwise please look at our events page for our webinar schedule. I would encourage you to watch one of our webinars to learn more about how self-derived stem cell therapy is helping many with COPD. We also publish several articles on our blog that list things your mother can do at home, like food choices and exercise, to promote healthy lung function. Hope your mother gets well soon!

    Thanks,

    Maren

  114. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Simone,

    Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear about the health problems that you have experienced. I would imagine that is particularly difficult while raising 7 children. We have treated patients in the past who have been in remission from cancer for a period of time. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis. Please contact one of our patient coordinators today at (855) 313-1149 and they’d be happy to provide you with a free consultation. In the meantime, we have several helpful articles on our blog that outline things you can do at home to promote healthy lung function.

    Thanks,

    Maren

  115. Simone Fitzgerald

    1 year ago

    Hi I’m a 42 yr old mother of 7 beautiful children. I am going on 5 years remission of non Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and 3 years ago was on life support for double pneumonia septicemia h1n1 and ARDS… Now I have been diagnosed with moderate/severe COPD. I am really interested in this stem cell … Please help me

  116. Tami

    1 year ago

    Hi, do you know if stem cell treatment is available for patients in Australia? My mother is 71, has Stage 2 COPD and is currently in hospital with a severe lung infection (responding well to treatment). She was a smoker but quit several years ago. Thank you.

  117. Cheryl Cunningham

    1 year ago

    I was diag with COPD when I was in Australia stage 1 two years ago. America will not use this they only use now So I have been diag with stage 2 now. And now I have a lot of problems with my intake and out take of air. I can not hardly walk without gasping for air. I can not afford this Spriva anymore and was told I have to wait it lease a year or two before I qualify if I even do for disability any other suggestions to help my breathing

  118. David Ebner

    1 year ago

    Donna,

    Stem cell therapy may be an option for you. We will need to speak with you directly to find out if you qualify. I’ve passed your information along to our Patient Coordinators who will be contacting you shortly. Thanks for your comment!

    Sincerely,

    David

  119. donna wilson

    1 year ago

    I have had copd since 2003..I am 57 years old and in good health other than that. In 2009 I went into respiratory failure and was on the vent for 12days.. I am very interested in the stem cell.. If you think I would be a candidate this is my email address.. I appreciate your time.

  120. Phyllis

    1 year ago

    I know I have copy no matter what l do I CAN’T Quit

  121. joann paul

    1 year ago

    I would like to talk about stem cell use

  122. Yvonne Podvin

    1 year ago

    My husband has only 22% lung capacity at his last PFT. Is stem cell therapy still an option for him?? Also, does this condition have an effect on one’s personality He used to be so laid back with a great sense of humor. Now he is nasty to everyone, me, other family members, even sometimes with our friends, is this normal for a COPD patient?? I have tried talking to him about this and he doesn’t think he is doing anything different. His VA Dr. has told him he is in the last stages of the disease over a year ago.

  123. bev

    1 year ago

    My dad has been told he Has 63% lung efficiency today, I would like to know what he can do to prevent his copd emphysema from getting worse, and what is the life expectancy for this disease, he gave up smoking 15 years ago, he is a fairly large man so has limited exercise, thank you.

  124. kathy michael

    2 years ago

    i have copd stage 1 with all other problems and social security dont think im disabled enough for ssi/ssdi

  125. David Ebner

    2 years ago

    Karen,

    We’ve treated quite a few patients that are in stage 3 of COPD. As we are sure you know, the disease is progressive and debilitation. If you’d like to speak with us about a treatment option for your granddad, feel free to call us at (855) 313-1149. Thanks for your comment!

  126. Phyllis

    2 years ago

    Richard get an e vapor cig with o nicotine you will quit I did and ever took a puff just do it God Bless

  127. karen dunn

    2 years ago

    My Grandad has stage three copd and I want to know more specifics about it so mabe I can help him. I love him to bits but I just cannot lose him.

  128. richard

    2 years ago

    Iv read that vaporizing marijuana oil helps a bit

  129. richard

    2 years ago

    Hey guys I’m only 20 and been diagnosed with copd and the doc said I have extensive lung damage……I’m not too sure what to do or anything I smoke trying to quit slowly but surely it’s working kinda but my family and I are just idk I feel lost… What do I do

  130. Jared White

    2 years ago

    Thank you for posting! I’m sorry to hear about the pain that your mother is going through. We hear this a lot from patients about the effects of COPD. There are a number of treatments available to help treat this lung disease, but our stem cell therapy treatment can help improve lung function and help relieve the symptoms of COPD. If you would like to know more, please call a patient care coordinator at (855) 313-1149.

  131. Martha

    2 years ago

    My Mom has COPD I want to help her heal please tell me there is something I can do to help her pain? I dont want this to kill her this is so sad.the more I read on this disease I get so scared for my Mother.

  132. Jared White

    2 years ago

    Thanks for the comment! Unfortunately, there is no current cure for COPD at this time. Most treatments are designed to help relieve and manage the ongoing symptoms of the condition. The stem cell treatment that we offer is a treatment designed to help promote healingd lung tissue and help manage the effects of COPD with the use of stem cells. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to talk to one of our patients care coordinators at (855) 313-1149.

  133. leslie moss

    2 years ago

    Is this a treatment or a cure?

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