Hey all, I quit smoking in January this year 2011.I wish I could say I feel better and everything is fine.Not so.In the Spring I started coughing more and feeling stuffy.MD put me on allergy meds and changed my inhaler.I had a mild case of copd for about 9 years.A few bad bouts with Bronchitis several times a winter for a few years.Not had one of those in 3 years.
ok,it's now June 2011,I am wheezing to the point I hear myself and I am hard of hearing!I am so terribly tired alla the time now.This nagging cough is back and stronger than ever.MD puts me on my nebulizer to help me breathe.New inhaler again and prescription Allegra.I'll get better now I think....wrong again...
It's June 26th and it's my pm doc appt:I can't even walk without severe pain now.DH has to push me on my rollator!I am in so much muscle pain all over!I complain to him and he says,I am not an expert in that field but you need to see a lung doc or at the very least a heart doc!
I am stunned...I go over to emergency room after talking to my MD's nurse.I am immediately admitted to hospital.What's wrong you say?
SMOKING!I smoked for about 35 years and it caught up to me.Even after I quit,it just wasn't soon enough.I have severe COPD now,Congestive Heart Failure (CHF )now.It comes with a lot of different symptoms itself.High Blood Pressure too.I am better after 4 days in Hosp. but still can't breathe well and have home health care taking care of me.That was a month ago now...PLEASE quit smoking now before you end up like me!I am in the pit of despair and the back pain is worse due to this also.PLEASE,please quit now,whatever you have to do.Oh yeah,I am on oxygen now too!How could I forget?It's like I have an infant again,always carring the tank and cannulas around wherever and whenever you go!Please quit for you.Thanks, sorry it's so long but I had to tell you all.Congrats to those who have made it*
I now have a pain meds Doc,Cardiac Doc. Pulmonologist Doc,
my heart is messed up,freezes when the blood pumps out,my lungs,well copd says it all.My family Doc takes care of a lot too.Don't be me....quit