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Old 01-12-2003, 07:25 PM   #1
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I was wondering is anyone knew, in general, how long a person can live with emphysema; if that person stops or has stopped smoking. Also, is death from emphysema always a hideously painful death? Can doctors help to relieve the suffering of the person near death? I hope someone here has some knowledge about this...thanks...Deb

 
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Old 01-14-2003, 11:00 PM   #2
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Hi Deb.........
I don't think anyone can tell you "in general" how long a person with emphysema will most likely live. I do know that if you quit smoking, it will advance a LOT slower and depending on your age and condition, you can live a very long life. If you don't, you, or whoever, will go downhill very fast.
I had emphysema for 10 years before I quit smoking and needed a lung transplant, which I got in 1999. I don't know if it is a "painful" death for anyone. I would say that I was about as close to death as I could be without being hooked up to a bunch of machines and I had no pain. Just couldn't breathe much. Yes, they wouldn't let someone suffer, so they will give someone that is dying from it medication that will ease any pain and suffering. I asked for myself not long ago because I was very sick and wanted to know also. I also had two of my friends that had transplants die this past year and I know they weren't suffering. One passed because of other complications and one was because she started drinking and didn't take her medicines.
I hope I have helped you in some way. Is this person you? We are all concerned about everyone that writes in and I hope you won't hesitate to come again and ask anything you want. God Bless You.
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Old 01-15-2003, 06:14 PM   #3
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Hello,I just wanted to say that my mother was diagnosed with C.O.P.D. (chronic obstructive pulminary disorder, a.k.a. emphaseyma) back in the mid 1980's. She smoked for as long as I can remember, maybe 50 years. She quit smoking (non-filtered pall malls) around 1988. Her disease got progressively worse approximately 1993. She was in and out of hospitals constantly. Finally, she was bed ridden and on oxygen 24 hrs.a day. Towards the end of her life,in 1996, Hospice entered the picture.
Yes, most people with this disease indeed suffer very horribly, gasping for air that isn't there. Fortunately, my mother passed away very peacefully, which we were all grateful for.
THere are certain medications that can be given to ease the horrible discomfort that these patients endure.

 
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Old 01-16-2003, 10:34 PM   #4
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Hello. Thank you for your kind responses. I fear empyhsema for myself. I smoked for 30 years...I actually woke up one night in shock, when it finally dawned on me how long I had been smoking! I recently quit, and my lungs are feeling somewhat better. I still get quite out of breath, and my upper back,chest, gets sore. I have no allusions that my lungs are healthy and pink. Right after I quit this last time, my breathing kept me up at night; I was so out of breath. I hope, if I do die from this disease, that my doctor will just knock me out...I don't care what drugs he gives me! Smoking is a file habit...but often people who smoke don't want to really face up to what they're doing to their body; till its too late. I also know that this time, I cannot go back to smoking again. My lungs just can't handle it anymore. I'd say, this past year, I have noticed a real change in my breathing...how my lungs feel. Its a real wake up call. I wish they would ban selling cigarettes. It isn't right...Deb

 
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Old 01-17-2003, 05:32 AM   #5
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Hi Deb, I am in the same ship as you, I have smoked for about 30 years, and I fear that I already have it.
Do you take any kind of inhalers for asthma? If not, they may help you breath better. I take 2 inhalers(when I can afford them). One is to prevent asthma attacks, the other for when your having an attack. I wouldn't be surprised if you suffer from asthma. My mom had emphysema and even after she quit smoking, she continued taking lung medicines, heavy duty ones.
I still smoke and know personally what it can do to a human body, but continue to smoke. It's a terrible addiction. I wish you the best of luck and hope you're feeling better soon.

 
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Old 01-17-2003, 12:21 PM   #6
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Hi, Bluebee. I hope you will quit smoking soon. Quitting isn't so bad at all; not after the first few days. I actually feel better now. I have more energy, and can breathe better now. I also started exercising and started dieting. I figured; stopping smoking would be hard...why not just jump in and kill 3 birds with one stone, LOL! I have lost 8 pounds so far, and I look forward to when I get down to my ideal weight. I know I can do it. You can quit smoking...just think of how much better you'll be able to breathe. Think positive, then jump in! The water's fine....Deb

 
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