5 MYTHS OF COPD – MYTH # 2

By William for wheezingaway.com

(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let us do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)

As I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness (or two), I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!

As for me, I battle severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue, Depression, and a Chronic Heart Condition.

Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of my own chronic illness situation.

As I continue to educate myself, I also write so that I can help educate others as well.

Today we look at the Chronic Illness of COPD by giving you part one (1) of a five (5) part series on ‘The Myths of COPD’.

(A note – much of the information shared in this series ‘The 5 Myths of COPD’ came from an article written by Beth W. Orenstein and was reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH.)

With COPD now being considered the third leading cause of death in the United States and with more than 12 million Americans having COPD, Asthma, Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis – it is surprising that most people still do not seem to know much about the disease and those that do seem to have many misconceptions according to a statement once made by Sandra Adams, MD, MS, a pulmonologist in San Antonio.

COPD MYTH # 2: “IT’S TOO LATE TO QUIT SMOKING”

While smoking is not always the cause behind an individual being diagnosed with COPD, it is a major culprit behind an exceptionally large majority of those who have COPD – sometimes because they smoked and sometimes because they have been around those who smoke.

While physicians and pulmonologists seem to hear many COPD and/or severe Asthma patients saying that it will not do any good to quit smoking since their lungs are already so severely damaged – guess what, that is not necessarily true.

ALL physicians and pulmonologists would say ‘THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE’ as quitting smoking is the most important thing a person can do to make their battle with COPD and/or severe Asthma less stressful and more long-term workable, as smoking and lung issues are never a good combination.

While an individual may never be able to completely undo those damages done to their lungs from smoking, to continue smoking while battling COPD and/or severe Asthma will not slow down the lung issues and a person who chooses to continue smoking will continue to find it harder to breathe.

If a person with COPD and/or severe Asthma would quit smoking, they will begin to feel better almost immediately, whereas if a person continues to smoke, they will increase their risk of death from COPD and/or a severe Asthma attack by more than 12 times the average.

While you can bet that those changes being made will take a person away from a bad habit like smoking, it will be exceedingly difficult for many of them to do but breaking the habit of smoking is never too late to enhance the long-term prognosis and the long-term prognosis of avoiding lung issues to those around you that have been breathing in the second-hand smoke you have been leaving behind.

Remember, when it comes to quitting smoking – once should also work at avoiding those who do smoke as second-hand smoke can be as dangerous to lungs, especially those lungs already damaged.

QUESTIONS OF REFLECTIONS:

  • If you have developed lung issues like severe Asthma and/or COPD from being a smoker – have you been able to quit the habit?
  • If so, how quickly did you quit after a long-term diagnosis of lung damage?
  • Also, if you have quit – what was the top reasons for finally doing so?

If you would like to reflect on our question(s), you can voice your response in the comment section of this post or email your response to wheezingaway@gmail.com.  

SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.

AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!

With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.

Good Day.

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.

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