I've had copd for about 5yrs now, but my lung specialist never mentioned stages.How do you know what stage your in?
Hi! Susan,I went to stay with my sister in England from January to the end of May.I ended up in the hospital twice really ill.My oxygen levels were anything from 73/84.Since I’ve come home my levels seem to be staying about 90/91.I think I was allergic to my nieces dog because it came to my sisters everyday while they worked.I’ve noticed if I’m around cats or dogs my breathing gets worse and my throat starts itching.This horrible disease changes everything and not in a good way.All we can do is fright on and enjoy every moment that comes our way.I’m sending you hugs from 🇨🇦❤️
It isn't critical for you to know necessarily, though it won't hurt you. The important thing is that your doc know and pay attention so you get the best treatments for your disease. Some of that's in the stage information; a lot of it is something that you really need a pulmonologist for. I wouldn't worry so much about what stage you're in as I would worry about how good your pulmonologist is, how much they know and whether they have you on the best treatments for your disease.
It's a combination of your FEV1, the number of exacerbations you experience over a year and what your life style is like. Generally the stages are designed for docs, especially docs who aren't pulmonologists, to help them determine what the most appropriate treatment is for their patients. The stages weren't designed for patients. I wouldn't worry, but if you really want to know about them, you can go to this web site: https://goldcopd.org/gold-reports/ There's plenty of information there o keep you busy and out of trouble for awhile.
Any stage of this horrid disease is bad. Slowly preventing you doing the things one used to do.
I live on my own with my lovely dog and cat. My daughter pos in every day, she does my weekly shop and any of the heavy chores around the house.
My nurse suggested listen to your body, if it says no, don't.
I do get down now and again, but l can keep myself occupied.
I love reading all the stories on here, and it is nice there is always someone to give you sound advise.
Take care Jean. Not long for bedtime, will bid you good-night. Have a pleasant night and breath easy.