Fifty eight years later, after lots of industrial exposures from chimney sweeping, painting cars, welding, machining and plastics molding (PVC/plastisols). ad on 35 years of smoking a pack a day...no wonder I'm "here".
After a pneumococcal pneumonia event, I went from a strong 55 year old (3 years free of cigarettes) to 31% lung capacity (FEV1). The pulmonary boys had me at a 3rd stage bronchitis bordering on 4. Conventional medicine had me taking prednizone so that my lungs would accept inhalants. By week three of prednizone my forearms stopped healing from even small cuts/scratches and my weight started dropping and sores would mysteriously appear out of nowhere. I quit the prednizone and the conventional medicine direction, excepting testosterone implantation pellets to bring my ultra low testosterone back into range. That worked. I've use herbal teas for bronchial/lung/red blood cell needs/healing and began O2 about 3 months ago for sleeping. Before using O2 during sleep, my rem sleep cycles would bring my O2 down to a low of 63%, while my mid-day O2 would be 84-88% saturation. My average O2 is 91 to 93 during mid-day and my sleep O2 is 95-96. I lack much endurance and can easily run my O2 into the 80's, but nearly three years later I have more than twice the FEV1 performance and easily three times the physical stamina from my worst initial results. Low O2 at sleep had my body scavenging O2 and trying to recharge during the day, making physical work (and even breathing) difficult due to exhaustion. Fatigue was constant.
My business (machining/welding/plastic molding) is back on its feet financially thanks to the sleep O2. The herbal teas helped in many circumstances and have stayed to the cleanest food I can obtain mainly to avoid processed foods/soy and pesticides. We bought two milk cows for our dairy needs, and raised chickens on certified GMO/Soy/Corn free chicken feed for our eggs and poultry and generally became hobby farmers. Hard physical work every morning became my exercise program.
Recently got caught between a cow and a steel rail and damaged a rib or two. Now four weeks later, still painful with some improvement. Was painful to breath with a dull clicking sound initially on all breaths in/out , which was my biggest worry, but now it is more of a nagging pain especially when lifting more than 30 kilos. The clicking sound has mostly stopped and I can only hear it when laying down and not all the time/every day. It is getting better and breathing is not painful.
Mainly interested in dealing with emphysema.