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Anyone moderate copd and stayed stable after quitting smoking

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I can’t tell as I gave up smoking when dx’d but I dread to think what I would have been like if I hadn’t stopped. According to spiro I’m stage 1 with mod to severe characteristics on CT. I just wish I’d never started tbh.

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Thank you so did I just wondering if it can stabilise from quit smoking. So you are what sorry? Bit confused. Mild, on spir but moderate to severe on ct. We all would if could turn back time and understanding never have smoked but it's not all down to smoking is it really

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No but it is a big contributing factor. I must admit I was mild for 10 years despite still smoking, then I stopped for 17 months and stayed mild. Now however I have stupidly gone back to it and my last FEV1 was around 15 points less and I am now moderate.

I am going to try to kick the habit again and hopefully it will return to mild. x

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You can do it. You encouraged me to stay off the fags.

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Hi is it possible to go back to mild. Sorry for what may be a stupid question

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I don't know but I intend to find out! If the fags aren't taking so much of my oxygen I might be able to use what I have more effectively.

It's great to see I helped you to stop - thank you for that. I mustn't let you down which is another reason for me to stop again sharpish...xx

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You can do it

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My Lung function increased after I gave up smoking. It's not reversible but it's controllable. Please give up smoking. 9yrs on so pleased I gave up..

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Don’t beat yourself up hyper at! It’s the most difficult of habits to break but you will get there eventually. I’ve been stopped 6 months now but I’m well aware it might not take much for me to start again if I drop my guard.

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Thanks powderpuff. I am not really beating myself up but just so annoyed that after all I went through I went back to it! What did me in was I couldn't break the final link between pubs, darts, alcohol and smoking. I am still thinking of ways to do this. x

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Hi hyper, that was the problem for me because nicotine & alcohol just went together most of my life, loved a fag with a pint.

best wishes

Music

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How did you overcome this please? x

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tried everything but still went back to smoking and the only thing was vaping that done it for me has still do but my nurse said its better then smoking.

All the best

Music

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I used the little white inhalator even when I had been stopped for months and would still go out with my smoking friends with it. I thought this might help and it did a bit but not enough. :( x

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Hi Bev

I use to use them at one time but when i started vaping i hated it especiially when having a beer

(god i sound like alcoholic lol) but i kept using a vap trying different ones until i found one the suited me and i am now use to them.

The only problem is i am now hooked on my vap and still crave for a fag now and again but i still think and have been told it is still better then smoking.

good luck because i Know what you are going though

Music

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Thank you music that is a comfort. I agree that vaping is better than smoking. x

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Both tests don’t tally or fully correspond with symptoms but given the variables that can affect spiro results that’s probably not surprising either.

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I was diagnosed 9 yrs ago with Severe COPD. I gave up smoking immediately. Now I am still the same .Still Severe but able to do the same . Giving up smoking is the answer. I am now 74, at present attending a PR Course and feeling good. I have learned to accept what I CAN do not what I can't .Good Luck.I am doing more than most at my age so I am very fortunate. Positivity is the way forward.

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Was low moderate. Gave up smoking now high moderate.

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That's not good

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Sorry for not making it clear I went from 51% to 67% and have maintained a figure of around mid 60s since giving up smoking.

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Oh sorry got you

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Did you give up smoking straight away

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I was diagnosed after having bilateral pneumonia and septicemia. I nearly died. It gave me a lot of incentive to stop....lol

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My god how are you now

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Thank you this is promising

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It was not just giving up smoking, exercise and diet are also important.

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Thank you. I am asking because I see read so many conflicting views about progression and halting I though I would ask real people.

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I take supplements like Turmeric,Chlorella and Spirulina. I eat lots of green veg and fruit .have a good diet. Walking is good. I am a young 74yr old lol. Although severe COPD for 9yrs my oxygen is 97 Heart rate 70. All good. Giving up smoking will not cure you but will change the way you deteriorate. We all lose lung function after 27 apparently. Not smoking will mean your lungs will deteriorate at a slower rate .also my lung function increased. Good Luck. X Sheila.

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Thank you I have test coming up to confirm if I have? Have moderste obstruction. A Dr said if you stop smoking it halts progression so wanted to hear from real people

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What is lung function improvement does this affect how well.we breath. Sorry all the questions

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It's when you get the annual lung function test . Blowing into device. You must have had this to tell you what stage your COPD is. My Lung function went up in a year after stopping smoking. .

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Oh yes sorry mine was 62 before inhaler 77 after inhaler moderate. Not smoked since hospital admission Dec 1st got lots of test next week

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It won't Halt it as every ones lungs deteriorates after 27 apparently. But it will stop it from getting worse and will deteriorate like a normal person who doesn't have COPD. Can increase lung function so really worth it. Great you are not smoking.

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This is really encouraging. As I needed to hear from people who stopped. Smoking and progressed like normal people. I have done PR and started to eat better but do panic.

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Yes I was having Panic Attacks but the Supplements I take seem to have sorted that I was told I had roughly 1-3 yrs when diagnosed if I didn't stop smoking. 9 yrs on and I have if anything improved. I just take everything that little bit slower and then no problems.

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Thank you how did you slow down find that hard

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I used to rush everyrhing and overthink. Would fo a few things at a time. Multi tasking. This caused me to get short of breath then Panic Attack. I now do everything slower. It gets done in the end. I can go upstairs in one whereas before would be on my hands and knees. Now going up no problem don't carry anything heavy as that's bad. I don't over Think and it works. I am so much better and this nak3s me happier. Just got home from my PR class. Going to sign up for continuation of excersises one hour a week with the COPD team.Really proud of my improvement since I started class.

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Hi garshe, just reading some of the replies to emily61. Ex smoker too. My biggest problem is panic attacks. Doctors want to give me antidepressents but I cant bear to take them (long story) for another time but could use any tips on supplements you take. I take omega 369, carbocysteine, iron 8mg, probiotic capsul, esomeprazole I have the worst mucus ever. And I'm sure I panic breath all the time on ventolin only because I've not got the right inhalor yet and am moderate copd. Flare ups been really bad since January too. Any advice would be good many thanks Maz

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Did you stay the same after quitting smoking

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I panic breath also what about counselling. When was you diagnosed

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Jan this year. Waiting on x ray results but dr has said I have moderste copd with now severe symptoms due to sleep, the flare ups lung infections I have had in such a short space if time. Just sent off a sputum sample too to see if they can find out what bacteria causing the infections. Like u Emily I'm terrified to lose any more lung function and the panic dosent help. Always listening to others and asking them for advice on this site. Dont know what I'd do without i what tests are u waiting for yoo. Maz

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Single breath diffusion and full lung function that's 29th and 30th results so tired of being stressed.

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What is that Emily I've never heard of single breath diffusion and full lung function and what is severe symptoms due to sleep tests.my dr not the best where I live. Maz

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Not sure think is where I have to breath in carbon monoxide and breath out to see I have empathsiuma I think..really not sure.

I was diagnosed Jan then consultant wasn't convinced hench more test. I am glad not only one that stress breaths don't know how to control it

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Severe symptoms due to sleep?

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Ignore that bit about sleepnemily it's my predictive text. Stupid thing. Sorry Maz

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I swear by Tumeric. I take it in pineapple juice (which is good for COPD also) one teaspoon a day.I buy from Organic Burst as it is all pure .have to be careful as other elements can get dragged in but these are all Pure. I also take Chlorella which has helped my breathing.my oxygen was 92 now 97. It works for me and my Panic attacks were horrendous. I just feel so confident these days. I am doing a PR course which has helped. Hope you get sorted. Sheila.

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Thanks Sheila. Nice to meet you,just about to go on to website after I leave here. Your a star for telling me especially about turmeric and chlorella for panic. I'm trying to get in control but its beating me so far. I will try anything to get me on track. Not just my life I'm affecting it's my family's too. Trial and error the name of the game just now. Thank you again and take care of you to. Will keep u pisted how I get on Maz x

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It's early days...lot to process isn't it really

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I did put all this on here about a month ago with photos of products. Explaining how I have benefited .But unfortunately a lady reported me saying I was advertising. 😱 it was taken off. I was trying to help as I had been housebound with anxiety and panic attacks. I swear by these products and if you have Instagram you can follow Organic Burst

( no I am not advertising lol.)my daughter's did all the research and advised me. Please let me know if these help you.I hope they do as really I am a different person. I was living each day thinking of dying. Now I am embracing every second and loving life and living it.

Good Luck. Sheila.

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Thanks again sheila. To be very honest that's all I think about just now dying a horrendous death instead of trying to live a good life with hubby and family. This depression and oanic attacks are the worst thi g I've ever experienced in many a long time. Need to get everything under control again thanks again for your help. Will keep you posted. Maz

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Hi just read this this disease makes the mind do awful things. Like you we are in early days. The horrendous death the am I getting worse. The, I can't breath is horrid but we must fight. With every thing we have. I am having a day in bed as chest a little tight not sure if that's anxiety. Going to read my bible

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Oh Emily please stay positive. I have to push myself every day but my main focus is that I'm not letting it beat me. My thoughts I should have kept to myself and not said them out loud here. Dont want you to feel worse due to me I really am sorry I said anything about my feelings really stupid od me. Maz

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Maz no please do not apologise honestly feel the same. So helpful to know I am not on my own. Please I feel it is so important to express how we feel. I am living on my blue inhaler and feel I have got worse. I am so glad you expressed yourself. Do not keep your thoughts to your self on here.

Please it helps to talk I feel xx

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Thanks Emily. I'm only on blue inhalor as its trial and error what one works seemingly .

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It is a worry isn't it. Do you find your Dr helpful mine isn't so relying on respiratory nurse team

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I did reply but disappeared. I take one teaspoon of Turmeric in a shot of Pineapple juice every day. My Panic attacks were really bad also health anxiety. Been taking for 2 months now and I am a different person.I buy from Organic Burst because have to be careful as other elements can be dragged in when cultivating etc.these are Pure. I also take Chlorella tablets .4 small ones a day .I don't like the taste of Chlorella so prefer tablets .no taste no smell.O see a great improvement. My oxygen used to be 92 now it's 97. My Panic Attacks have stopped my mood is so good and very Positive. My breathing better works for me hopefully will work for you. If you go on Organic Burst website and read all the reviews .Good luck.

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Sorry gone on twice now x

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What is chlorella

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It strengthens Immune System and detox. B12. Helps with breathing . The Turmeric is great for Moods and Panic attacks. Also great for anxiety.

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Thank you. Still looking for more people to come forward but not a bad number so far

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Have just ordered chlorella tablets thank you

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Wishing you good health. Hope they work for you xx

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Yes I’m stage 2. Found out 2 years ago. I gave smoking up the same day . 2 years June 5 th. I’m on spiriva. Relva ellipta. Every day. I still do normal things . Working . Shopping etc . Probably would be up to stage 3 if I hadn’t given up.

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Very positive responses thank you

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Also helps to keep active and eat properly. If your on steroids they make you want to eat . Also not smoking makes you want to eat carbs. I’m a stone overweight. Desperately trying to stay off the sugar it does help x

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I have stressed so much I have lost weight

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Hi Hun, you have got some very good responses here and all Positive, A good caring Group as you already Know. I feel you are now a lot Better with yourself and understanding your Lung Condition more so now than the early days. stay well and Keep asking the questions, We all can learn from your questions. Love n Hugs . xxxxxx

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Hi my lovely women. How are you. Will understand better once have my tests and results.

My blood pressure is very low at moment had to go to a and e and past out today so daughter rang 999. Got 2 weeks off sick only just started job but can't be helped.

Lots of love xxxx

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Look after yourself Hun, Low BP, is not good, so keep an eye on it. Hope your ok now and Good Luck with your Tests, keep us updated Hun. love n Hugs xxxx

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I will I promise xxx

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Hi Emily61 I’m sorry more folks haven’t chimed in on your particular post as I believe your post is the essence on what this forum should be all about. I would imagine folks would have loved to reply to it. Personally I believe that smoking cessation is by far the number 1 factor in slowing down progression of not only lung disease but any disease. Unfortunately I believe through no fault of their own there are many hundreds of folks on this very forum who continue to smoke and cannot contribute a reply because of the difficulty of quitting. It has been proven to be the hardest habit to quit. For those that have I’m sure the majority that have quit have fuller lives than those that remain enslaved to the evil weed . Sorry for the long winded response but my Pulmonologist said in his experience only that those who quit progress much much slower by far and some have even ground to a halt . Again all lung disease is very personal. Keep up the good work and stay well Emily ....... Louis

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Thank you for your response I was looking for more responses as fairly new and wanted to know if it does from people who have stopped

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Your welcome. Maybe during the coming day more folks will add their two cents.

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Hope so

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I smoked for about 2 years after diagnosed as moderate/severe emphysema, and finally quit just over 2 years ago. It is the single most important thing a smoker can do to breathe better. I haven't had a lung function test in the past two years, so I don't know if the numbers have changed. But, I can tell you that for sure my breathing has changed. As a smoker you just get so used to wheezing and congestion, and colds, and any cold or virus probably will end up as pneumonia, that you really can't appreciate how great it feels to actually breathe without wheezing, congestion, coughing, colds etc. etc. So, I don't know if my "numbers" changed, but I now know that I breathe better and chest is clearer than ever, and haven't had a cold in 2 years...If wan't to feel better....Quit!

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