The most common causes of a COPD exacerbation
are airway or lung infections and air pollution. But, there are others. What was the cause of your most recent COPD exacerbation? Share Your Story
Air Quality dropped to 6 today
- Walked outside for 3 blocks tonight to underground parkade where I'd left my vehicle. Very dusty in parkade. Started coughing so much I wasn't sure I'd be able to drive home. 20 minutes later reached home still coughing, wheezing & choking. Took Robitusin for cough with expectorant. Cannot use steroids ad I get fungal infections. Had pneumonia in Dec. Dr put me on steroids after & within days fungal infection. This disease sucks. Never smoked. Allergies since young. Hang in everyone.
- —Guest Joy
Strong Chemicals in the Workplace
- New to COPD, but not new to lung problems. I have been an asthmatic all my life and a 40+ year smoker. Most of my jobs have involved the use of strong chemicals, and have been either on a farm or living near farms for years. I also have a rare cancer diagnosis that does go to the lungs more than not. So, will be watching and reading posts for information on exacerbations with much interest. Thank you for sharing your stories.
From Breathing Smoke
- Our mobile home caught fire and the blankets, pillows, ect smelled like smoke. Went to ER 2 times. My feet and stomach swelled. Depressed, anxious, can't sleep lying down. Do breathing treatments, steroids and pain meds. ER said heart was ok, lungs ok, but wheezing so. Bad ppl across the room, can hear it...when does this let up?
- —Guest tami
Fumes From Mattress Topper
- I quit smoking 7 yrs ago but unfortunately I smoked 43 yrs. Just before the Holidays a friend recommended a mattress topper which would allow me to change sheets on bed without having to bend over and/or lift heavy mattress. Topper was shipped to me, opened box, unpacked and smelled strong chemical smell. I should have put it back in box to return but thought maybe once on bed would be ok. One of the biggest mistakes of my life. Consequently, I started feeling bad, tired, shortness of breath more often, and ache in chest. These symptoms just got worse and finally went to pulmonary doctor who prescribed steroids, emergency inhaler, and mucus meds. My shortness of breath got much worse and, then developed worse cough ever had and ended in ER and admitted in to hospital.
- —Guest kay
Bacterial Pneumonia and More
- I have had four exacerbations in 6 months Three were treated with IV steroids, antibiotics and BiPak at hospital One exacerbation caused by Bacterial Pneumonia I tried to handle them at home doing neb treatnents and 3 Predizone tablets and breathing exercises but nothing worked My back muscles finally gave in and had to be rushed to ER Is there any hope in stopping them or eleviating the symptoms.
- —Guest Terry
Kitchen Stove Burner
- I just got better after being treated for 3 months for bronchitis with corticosteriod, and Amoxicillin which worked very well after using another antibiotic which only escalated my COPD with the bronchitis then I was put on the Amoxicillin for 10 more days, after 30 days being off and on the corticosteroid 3 to 10 days of antibiotic treatments, I got better to the point where I could breathe deep without coughing or wheezing! The same evening my daughter-in-law turned on a stove top burner that burned off perhaps some cleaning chemical or spilled over food. Today I can't breathe deep and I'm hoarse, coughing throat feels funny, having trembles, just feeling sad, uncertain as to where this will put my already deteriorating health.
- —Guest Rita
Dust and a Poor Mask
- I work in the construction where I feel my health issue can be traced back to a single mistake; knocking down an Edwardian ceiling in a particularly dirty house. I became trapped in the room with the dust and a poor mask. After 18 months of debilitating heath I was told I am asthmatic. I feel that I have organisms in me and that the medical world prefer to assess my health issue as asthma I wish I felt in agreement. I read once that if organisms enter the lung they can adapt to the lung and propagate. It stated that only an extended course of steroids can exercise these mites. Are the Doctor's right am I just asthmatic?
- —Guest Pat
Lack of Meds
- Mine resulted from lack of medications and poor air quality this past summer.
- —Guest Diann
Cat Dander & Litter Box Odor
- Cat accross the hall. Dander and litter box. Smell is horrid and landlord ignores me when I complain. My exacerbations have been comming more frequent since the people w/cat moved in. Now I have wattery, itchy eyes, raspy cough, talk with heavy breath after each word. Nebulizer treatment helps, but only for a while. Landlord won't do anything so I'm going to take action legally, this is a 'no pet' building.
- —Guest Cami
- I just went through this a few months ago and I have no idea what is causing it. This time it is worse. Just to walk to bathroom and I can't breathe; I just gasp for air. Been in hospital twice this past week. They placed me on antiboictics, O2 therpy, IV fluids and attempted to open my airways. Today I feel bad again and about ready to go back to be hospitalized. This time I won't leave until my body is able to leave. It's either a home nurse or hospital, but the VA needs to let me have home oxygen.
- —Guest Jim Bryan
Don't Get Them Anymore
- I'm living in Nicaragua. For some unknown reason, I don't get excessive flem or pneumonia like I do in the Northern U.S. states. Sir quality here is not that good. We burn much of our trash here. We use a plastic bag to light the fire. Many people here use wood stoves for cooking. I lived in Matamoros Mexico and my breathing was OK there. I worked in Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and several other states and always became sick. Most of my work was in the farmlands and sparsely populated areas. Guaranteed every winter I would be in the hospital. We have no winters in Nicaragua. Whatever causes my "exacerbations" be it virus or Bacteria, it doesn't live down here. I do dumb things. I tried to quit using my meds (Advair and Spiriva) and my breathing became very tight and short winded but not much flem. I'm back on my meds now and the flem has increased. Not much but more than usual for this area. It's nothing like the congestion I had in the states. Thanks... Dustyguy
A Mix of Things
- It was a mix of cleaning products and heat. I vomited and couldn't eat. On top of that, I had fatigue and shortness of breath. All I did was stay in bed, took my meds, my whole body just hurting. I should just stay home. This started when I went out.
- —Guest billie
- Strange smells filled my dining-den that evening. I stepped on the outdoor porch to check the air; It was ok. Fearing an exacerbation, I went to bed in a room with my oxygen concentrator and air conditionin. Although I was breathless just in going to the next room. Over the next few days I self-treated with extra rest and O2, but it got worse, until I couldn't even get from bed to bath without a catch-up breathing. After a few more fearful days, I got a cab to the ER on Saturday morning. I'm home now with extra meds. The Condo insists that noone use the room under my den for chemical work, ever since I reported a previous exacerbation for which I took pictures of toxic substances under my den. But they changed locks. Can't prove anything so complaining and moving on. Chances are, it could be something else but doesn't seem likely.
- I have had bad pneumonia 4 times since November and hospitalised each time with all the usual iv antibiotics and numerous pills etc. Now I cry a lot and that makes my husband turn his back on me although he makes hospital appointments and picks up my prescriptions. He is just fed up with the turmoil my emphasima is causing him/me, yet I am the one that's hurting, sometimes I wish I would wake up dead and that's a dreadful thing to think. What to Do?
- —Guest Livi
- I have had 4 chest infections since December 2011. Now, my consultant sent me for blood test. Why?
- —Guest georgina johnson