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Old 06-24-2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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Question Please help, im at my wits end...

My husband was a heavy smoker for over 40 years...camel filters 2 to 3 packs a day, also a firefighter for 25 years. He was diagnosed with copd about10 years ago but we did not think alot about it because the doctors did not really seem to say alot about it at that time. He stopped smoking in Nov of 08 when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, he has beaten that, and is supposedly cancer free at this point. Just as we have him getting back to health, his breathing starts to worsen. He has had pneumonia three times over the past year..with numerous colds. Now he is really starting to show signs of something we cant figure out... his breathing is awful, ( mind you it is hot in southern Ga) so we blamed it on the heat, he coughs all the time ..coughs up stuff... gets tired so easy... has breathing attacks and almost passes out.. he is very very weak and tired all the time and is rapidly loosing weight ..we have a ct scan scheduled for this coming monday..but I was hoping some one here can give me some information be it good or bad... I just need to know if anyone else has dealt with this. please help He is as well very emotional and stressed..also on fathers day he had a spell with his heart... rapid beating sweating and shaking hands lasted about 15 minutes and he has been extremely tired since that spell

 
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:08 AM   #2
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Re: Please help, im at my wits end...

anyone? have any help?

 
Old 06-25-2010, 01:36 PM   #3
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Re: Please help, im at my wits end...

I'm so sorry you are feeling so distressed. Yes, he has had a difficult time. Chronic coughing, coughing spells, etc. can exhaust someone quickly, then they feel so lousey that their nutrition suffers. Anxiety and running on 'natural adrenalin' as well as severe coughing spell can bring on sweats, shaking, etc.

You did not share with us some very important information:
Is he being treated by an pulmonologist or your GP?
Is he taking any medications for his lungs - inhalers, oral steroids?
Who ordered the CT scan? Why? Did he see the doctor personally?
Is he on oxygen at home?

You have some options here:
Call the doctor now...even if it is one covering for his regular doctor.
Go to the Emergency room of your local hospital.

We can't diagnose here as we are not medical professionals. A COPD exacerbation (flare-up) has many of the symtoms you have described. Many pulmonologists will have the patient have steroids (prednisone) and an antibiotic ready at home or a prescription available for serious exacerbations.

You are right to be very concerned and I hear your worry. Be proactive for both of you! If in any doubt, please take him to the ER - don't wait till Monday.

 
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