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But what about emphysema how does it affect that as I get slow progression how does it halt emphysema progression
Do you know what I agree will discuss with nurse, as she said I have 3 years like this will show her this...all very confusing
She said I could be like I am for next 3 years or so. Not gasping for breath not on oxygen able to walk about...I am just confused as everywhere else talks about progressive. I question this when first diagnosed and one nurse said stop smoking progress like normal people. Another said gets worse overtime.
My consultant said progressive worse overtime another consultant said now I have stopped progress like normal people.
If stopping smoking would halt progression there surely would be no need for research into how to halt progression.
This is only reason I am confused..people have never smoked and got it and people gave up smoking years ago and got it.
I would love this to be true stress worry over just live with the damage lungs I got
I agree with nurse comment but it did have an impact..she I said I no longer want to see.
It's this research finding of Vonnies I find interesting I confusing I look for hope powerpuff, but it contradicts what BLF literature says and what people on here say.
So do you believe this research finding and surprised no one else has commented. I remember a consultant saying why would you get worse you stop smoking was happy with that until I researched
It is upsetting and confusing when professionals give different opinions on progression however it is the newer research that has discovered that smoking cessation slows progression/ decline in lung function to that of non smokers. An older consultant/ nurse may base their advice on older research I guess. Have you asked your consultant about the 3 year prediction It seems strange that a nurse would make that prediction and give a specific timescale. Emphysema can have genetic causes ( Alpha 1) research will need to be ongoing on how to prevent progress when there is a genetic cause and research is constantly ongoing into age related health problems anti aging is huge business and lungs decline with age.
Haven't got genetic alpha 1. Consultant said cant predict. I did get upset then thought no one can predict. I find it confusing as I guess dont see the fuss if all it takes is stopping smoking and the risk of progression is reduced ....honestly dont understand what that means. Does it mean now I no longer smoke my lungs will decline like normal people. Confused and looking for other research to go along side this
I am not clear what the research is actually saying
Yes read that. I didnt understand what conclusion was saying
We have a lung disease that is progressive how can stop smoking result in our lung function declining like normal people who haven't got alveoli distruction. Just obviously missing something here
Read 3rd paragraph
Is it saying mild can be stopped if you quit smoking?
Even healthy lungs will degrade as you age. But smoking massively accelerates the progression of that degradation. The lungs cannot repair themselves so any damage done to them is permanent, that damage of the "normal" aging process can arise from contact with air pollution, such as traffic fumes and bonfires. But smoking tobacco is a constant and concentrated form of pollution which also contains a lot of different carcinogens.
So quitting smoking will have the biggest affect of slowing down that progression. If you also try to avoid the other, everyday, air pollutants, you can slow that progression a little more too. But it can be very hard to avoid that, everyday, pollution, you have to go out sometimes. It can help to have an air quality app, on your phone, that can show/forecast pollution levels and help you to decide say, to go out to the shops on the lower polluted days instead. That can be very hard to do as sometimes we just have to go out.
I am confused how does it affect emphysema, I being mild/moderate emphysema I have stopped smoking a year now but that damage will continue so confused. I understand to a degree
The damage already caused is permanent, it will never repair itself. By stopping to smoke, then any progression will continue at the same rate as a non smoker would but you will always have the lung impairment that you have already suffered. The trick is not to restart smoking and try to avoid any infections and polluted air, you will probably remain at the mild stage. With something else causing your passing in the distant future.
Would wearing a scarf help
So progression will continue then as we all have to go out will see my progression or not when I go for second test..find all of this confusing as surely "normal lungs" dont have distruction of the alveoli
That's what surely causes the problem in emphysema
If research says its progressive dont understand the findings vonnie has presented sorry 2greys. Why are we looking for something that will halt progression.
That is the point, normal lungs do have a very slow destruction of the aveoli and elasticity. Even in a pollution free environment, any lung infection will have a small destructive affect. But smoking tobacco is hundreds of times worse. The lungs have a huge redundancy normally, and would normally out last any of your other organs.
You have nothing to worry about with mild emphysema, if you look after your lungs from now on. You were very lucky to have been diagnosed at an early stage you have time still on your side to have changed your lifestyle.
Those that are diagnosed at the later stages are not so lucky, as they are prone to getting a lot more infections and more serious ones, that will cause the most damage, like Pneumonia. They also have more stress imposed on their heart with a higher pulse rate from the effort of breathing. My pulse rate is 110/120 bpm at rest, go for a walk or even just a bath and it shoots up to 140/150 bpm.
For a healthy person the maximum safe pulse rate is 220 minus your age. For those with severe/very severe COPD it would be 200 minus your age. So for me my max safe pulse rate would be 200 minus 69 which equals 131 bpm ,so as you can see my heart is under a lot of stress and that is not taking into consideration that I also have CAD (Cardio Arterial Disease) as well as hypertension. But I have to exercise to help with my breathing, rather a vicious circle, be damned if I do and damned if I don't. Personally I would rather go quickly, with a heart attack, than suffocate slowly to death with respiratory failure. So I keep exercising and keep working to keep breathing better, (which brings less stress to the heart) and to keep my mind occupied and healthy. A dilemma that hopefully you will not have to encounter.
My pulse rate can go to 134 to 151 on walking so up and down and I am mild/moderate but 2greys all very confusing. Nurse said I am tachycardia but had 72hr heart tracer wasnt concerned all confusing my resting can be 90 71 and I did not know alveoli had distruction in normal lungs...all I know is what I read on here and the conflicting views I received from nurses and drs. Resting sat can be 100 moving 90 91 89 which again nurse isnt bothered about so confused.
I am not a doctor, I can only go on assumptions. Assuming from your screen name (Emily61) you are either 59 (dob 1961) or 61 years, so let's assume 60 years old as a mean. Only mild COPD so again a mean between 220 (healthy)and 200 (with COPD) is 210.
210 minus 60 equals a safe 150 bpm so you are within the safe levels. Nothing to be concerned about. Lucky girl!
I use an exercise bike and a rowing machine. They will both increase my heart rate, if I set the resistance on the rowing machine on its highest setting my bpm can go up to 165 which is well over the top and even dangerous, so try to keep it at 150 bpm, not hard to do as the handles on both machines have pulse detectors that show on the displays.
Does it improve your breathing
So what do you do regard exercise
I was lucky in that I was able to quit cold turkey almost four years ago and not touched one since, neither will I ever go back to it. It still did not stop me from developing NSCLC two years later after quitting, but to be honest, no surprise after being a really heavy smoker for over 50 years. Nice to know that there is now a smaller chance of it reoccurring again, fingers crossed.
It would also be nice to get smokers to read and understand it, but even if it was a documentary on TV they would turn it off, with the nicotine addiction influencing them, to bury their heads in the sand. So sad that it is not recognised by the authorities as a class A drug, because it causes so much suffering and kills people. At one time Opium was legal, but then recognised for the damage it caused and consequently banned. Unfortunately the effects of smoking tobacco take many years to manifest and as such it's consumption has been normalised too easily.
Smokers’ Brains Change in Response to High Levels of Nicotine:
Can anyone tell me if this is saying smoking halts emphysema. If so has anyone got personal experience of this being true
Slows down progression got it so nothing new than before stop smoking slows progression but we are still progressing just hopefully slower than smokers