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Old 12-21-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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X-Ray abnormal

hi there please can you help yesterday I had xray and it showed changes in there due to smoking....the Dr said that there is no cure I just have to stop smoking as it is serious...he did say the name of this condition however as i went to this specialist re bad headaches....I was gobsmacked I am a 20 a day smoker and he just wanted to see if there were anything else going on..PLEASE help me with the name of this condition..

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Old 12-21-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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Re: X-Ray abnormal

Hi - I think that what you might have is COPD. I, too, was a heavy smoker but, even though I stopped smoking 30 years ago, I was left with problems related to my habit. Before I stopped smoking, I had a terrible cough, bringing up lots of sputum. I just wrote it off as a "smoker's cough" (which they did in those days). However, I was told that I should stop smoking cigarettes. It's a terrible habit and very, very hard to get rid of. But, it is possible!!!! And, you must stop smoking! It took me a while (sneaking cigarettes, stopping and starting, etc.), but when I finally was able to stop for a week, my cough had completely disappeared! However, I was still left with damage to my bronchial tubes and have been diagnosed with mild COPD
COPD can't be cured, but stopping things that are causing it can help greatly.
I hope that you will stop smoking immediately. After one week the nicotine will be out of your system, and even though occasionally you have the desire to smoke that will gradually deminish.
Believe me, you will be so happy that you stopped smoking!!!!
Good luck! Mabent

Old 12-28-2012, 04:43 PM   #3
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Re: X-Ray abnormal

Hi apparently I have calcium deposits on my lungs, osteopenia and he wants me to see a chest specialist... He said I didn't have cancer but the more I read the more scared that I am getting..... I asked him if it was COPD but he said he couldn't dx that. What do you think of that BTW I had a smoke free day today I am so pleased with myself...fear is a great motivator...

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