Panwar Asked February 2013

How much life expectancy for a 61 year old with COPD (70% lung damage)?

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COPD management,medicines,exercise - I wants to know about how much life expectancy and care for health is required.
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Whitney Apr 2013
I don't know, but I think it's best to live in a place where the air is fresh and clean, rather than in a large downtown city. I think that can make a huge difference.
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lisa13 Apr 2013
My mother was placed on O2 (@ 80yrs.) 6 months after my father died and came to live with me. She was 85 lbs. All of us thought she was on her last leg. I forgot...She smoked for 60 yrs. Now...she is 86 and still kickin' - very defiant in keeping her O2 on and still having her 5 o'clock "cocktail hour".. straight vodka (2 big jiggers-thank you very much!). No one knows when God wants us- so it is useless to try to predict. Enjoy your life...have a cocktail!
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jeannegibbs Apr 2013
My father, a life-long smoker, died of lung cancer. A good friend who had never smoked in her life died of lung cancer.

In my experience, it is just as hard to lose someone who smoked as it is to lose someone who didn't smoke. Let those with no unhealthy lifestyle habits throw the first stone.

Panwar, Prognosis and life expectancy should be discussed with her oncologist. It is probably something that can be influenced by her compliance with medical advice, but in the long run an incurable fatal disease will be fatal, no matter how hard we try to do the right things.

I guess in that situation I'd be focusing on quality of life, no so much quantity.

Best wishes for the most positive outcome possible.
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moonchild Apr 2013
Hey capnhardass; I AM going to live forever! I've already got a danged fine start on it. :) Hang in there honey, whether or not we live forever we can have a fekking good time of it now.

Panwar, it seems that this is one of your parents that has COPD and he/she is in an independent living situation; am I correct? Was it smoking that brought them there? Were they active before this? Do they have Alzheimers or dementia? And the last two questions, are they Capable of being active, and do they want to be?

If you can give us a little more detail, possibly we can help you out.
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capnhardass Apr 2013
100% - 70 % = 30 % .
sorry, this site is just so depressing sometimes.. i have hepc and liver disease and its fine if somebody wants to joke about it. im not going to live forever and have accepted that long ago.
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ferris1 Apr 2013
Since we are not your doctors, ask your doctor. Even with 70% damage, you could be in an accident and die, but STOP WORRYING about it. All of us will die and take one day at a time. Be grateful for each day you have and make the most of each day.
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olpharr2 Apr 2013
hi, i was diagnosed with emphyzema in my early 40's.smoked 2 packs a day till my early 60's. am in my 80's now and have been using 02 only when being physically active. i also use puffers,nebulizer and c-pap faithfully. they are a nuisance but i earned it. think positive and the future will take care of itself. jimd in nh
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ferris1 Feb 2013
No one can predict when they will die, so my advice is to live each day as if it were your last and stop worrying about how long you have to live. Take good care of yourself with what you have. If you have COPD from smoking, then this is the result of your choice. If it is from another cause, then accept what it is.
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rjrjr45 Feb 2013
That's a question we would all love to have the answer for...I, like yourself, have severe COPD and am 68 yrs old with 80% lung damage. VERY active, because I believe it makes me stay alive. I walk 7 miles a day, partly on a treadmill @ the gym (@4+ mph) and partly out in the fresh air. I recently added stay climbing to my daily routine and am up to 9 sets daily. I volunteer 1 day a week and I work 2 days weekly (5hrs ea.). I don't think I'm going to live forever but I decided 5 yrs ago, that I could lay down and die, or fight! I have never been happier nor felt better, lost over 50 lbs of ugly fat and gained a happy healthly attitude about "TODAY". Hope my answer helps you with your search. BR
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It's good to be asking questions, but begin with the doctors. You can research COPD online, too. Make sure you go to reasonable sources; you don't want to be gathering random or bogus answers.
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