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Note: Deceased members noted by an *
1.  Ken Wagner, 1939, M
2.  Oregon, dwags57@earthlink.net
2a.  No.
3.  Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema.
4.  47
5.  About the same time
6.  Physical.
7.  Yes, about a year later.
8.  The usual ones, most of which were through re-hab.
9.  Pulmonologist, and yes.
10. Yes.
11. Combivent, Flovent.
12. Most were about the same.
13. Lasix and Potassium. Prednisone & Antibotics when needed.
14. Theo 24.  Took for about 9 years and stopped all at once in July.  No difference.
15. Zoloft, 50 mg.
16. No.
17. Yes, and went through same.  No.
18. Yes.  Albuterol and atrovent.
19. Yes.  2L, 24/7.
20. No.
21. No.
22. Full.
23. Medicare HMO, and Private as secondary.
24. No.
25. Yes.
26. Have been a lurker for several months.  Excellent support!!!!!!!!!!!
27. Former.  Quit in 1989.
28. Yes.
29. Z-PAK
30. No.

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1.   Michael Wagner*, born 1945, Male
2.   Texas, migwa@wcc.net
3.   Emphysema, Asthma  
4.   49
5.   42
6.   Routine visit to Dr.
7.   YES
8.   PFT, x-rays, stress, blood gas
9.   Pulmonologist, NO 
10.  NO
11.  Seravent/2x2, Proventel/2x2, Vanceril/2x2
12.  
13.  Theophylline 750 mg. per day
14.  
15.  NO
15.  NO
16.  NO
17.  NO
18.  NO
19.  Intolerance to heat and cold, sleeplessness
20.  NO
21.  Full disability 
22.  Private insurance. NO
23.  NO
24.  YES
25.  I have noticed that when I get very SOB I get in a hateful, aggressive, and snappy mood towards all around me.
27.  yes
28.  Neither besides the usual everyday chores that seem to push me to my limit several times a day.

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1.  Frank Walden, 1936, male
2.   Georgia  frankiemph@AOL
2a.  no
3.  Emphysema
4.  59
5.  52
6.  SOB
7.  no
8.  pft, x-ray
9.  lab technician, no
10.  no
11.  Proventil - 2x 4hrs,  Atrovent - 4x 4/daily,  Flovent(110) - 2x 2/daily,  Serevent - 2x     2/daily,  Vancenase - 2x each nostril, once daily.
12.  Azmzcort
13.  Theophylline, 300 mg
14.  (see #13).
15.  Lithium-carbonate, 300 mg, 1 three x/daily.
16.  difficult to ascribe to a particular medication, - scalp infection, headaches, memory difficulties - allare moderate.
17.  None suggested or prescribed - I requested session at Emory U. hospital last summer, and my current pulmonologist recommended West Paces Ferry 
hospital this summer.  Both are standard pulmo rehab, monitored by respiratory therapist.
18.  no
19.  no
20.  I had all of these at first, don't any longer - maybe my metabolism adjusted to them.
21.  full-time  for the same employer.
22.  no disability, although my doctor authorized disability parking permit.
23.  HMO thru employer, will switch to POS in Dec at annual choice opportunity. Yes, feel coverage is insufficient, because of highly restricted 
access to specialists.
24.  no, neither.
25.  Yes, by telephone (770-425-2386) - evenings and weekends.  And by mutually arranged meetings.
26.  Had a younger brother who died from emphysema just after I was diagnosed.  I learned a wealth of  "E" disease information from him.  His 
pulmo dr. gave all his patients a copy of  the COPD B&E handbook by the Drs HAAS - which is my bible.
27.  1 1/2 packs daily for some 47 yrs.  Finally stopped 3 yrs after diagnosis, when I could no longer breath and smoke at the same time.
28.  yes, but not regularly, or enough, though I know it's as important as my medications.
29.  Levofloxacin, 500mg
30.  yes, negative.

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1. : Frankie Walker, 1942, female
2. :  walker.frankie@dol.gov
3. :  emphysema
4. :  57
5. :  55
6. :  pneumonia
7. :  it was suggested
8. :  peak flow meter
9. :  respiratory specialist , no I do not understand the test result
10. : No
11. : Combivent
12. : advair, Amzcort
13. : Predisone 10 mg, Vospire 4 mg
14. : None
15. : Yes Buspirone 10mg, Alprazolam 0.25mg
16:  Wellbutine shortness of breath for long period of time
17. : Pulmonary re-hab therapy
18. : albuterol and Ipratropium
19. : yes 3 ltrs 24/7
20:  I am experiencing intolerance to heat, sleeplessness and sometimes incontinence
21. : full-time
22. : none at this time but my doctor have suggested I need to go out
23. : private insurance at this present time
24. : No
25. : Yes, 10am - 3:00pm E-mail
26:  None
27. : I was in a house fire smoke inhalation
28. : Yes
29. : Doxycycl Hyc 100mg
30. : No

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1. Joe Walker, 1939, male
2. Texas, JCW_NW@juno.com
2a. No
3. Emphysema
4. 52
5. Before then, but I didn't recognize them for what they were.  Probably around The age of 45 or so.
6. Actually my first visit was to Social Security, I could not find work because the Doctors would look at my chest X-rays, and say I could not work for this company.  I thought it was my heart causing the problems.     
7. Social Security set up many different Doctors for me to see, the pulmonologist was the last one, over about 6 months of time.
8. I know now that they were stress tests and long tests but I didn't know what they were at the time, all the Dr.s would tell me is that I would be hearing something from Social Security.
9. The test were directed I assume by Social Security, and I received no information at all.
10. No
11. Combivent,2 puffs every 6 hours and Serevent, 3 puffs every 12 hours
12. The inhaled steroids type, they caused mouth thrush very badly even when I rinsed out after every puff, and used vinegar water to do it with.
13. Prednisone, 20mg per day , in the early morning around 3:00am.  and Singulair, 10mg one tablet before bedtime.  Also Alprazolam, o.25mg, as required, Vicoden,5/500mg for break thru back pain, as required.  Oramorph,15mg for break thru pain, as required, Ducosate 240mg one daily, And duragesic patches,Fentanyl transdermal system, 100 Micro-grams per hour for back pain caused by the prednisone dissolving my backbone and exposing the nerves to damage.  The patches I use every 3 days
14. I took one at the very first that was not effective at all it seemed called Theo-Dur.  When the Lung Dr. Prescribed Serevent he told me to quit taking it and I did, it was a very long time ago
15. The one previously mentioned Alprazolam at 0.25 mg, but I don't take it ever Day, only when  I really need it.
16. None yet except with the inhaled steroids and that one gives me Thrush, big time.  I tried several different ones and they all did it.
17. In Fayetteville Arkansas where I was first diagnosed with COPD they had a heart physical rehab set up at the local Springdale Hospital, and I was able to go to that one.  It helped a lot.  They had treadmills, stationary bikes, a thing you pedaled with your hands, and hand weights.  Also they had nurses there to monitor your heart and oxygen levels while you exercised.  It was a good program.  Nothing like that is available here in Del Rio, Texas, especially for those of us that just have Social Security for all our health needs.
18. Yes, and I use a Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution 0.02% (0.5 mg per vial) to which I add 0.5ML of 0.5% Albuterol Sulfate solution.  I use this 4 to 6 times daily, depending on whether I am breathing well or not.  Sometimes I just use the Albuterol mixed with 0.9% salt water solution for inhalation.
19. Yes, am on O2 24/7 at 2ltrs/second, and I increase it to 4 with exercise.
20. Yes, the cold and hot effect me a lot more than they used to.  My comfort ranges has definitely been narrowed since I got this Malady, also things do not feel like they used to.  For instance I used to feel Hunger as a definite sensation, but now all I get is a stomach pain for hunger or for a kick to the gut.   It is all the same now.  Also I have no feeling in my feet any more, I used to have sensations of pain, fire, running up and down my left leg on the outside of it, but no more. now my feet are dead.  First the left one and then the right on went too.  There are other things also but they are too numerous to tell of here.
21. I work when I can, but I am not employed by anyone per/say.
22. I am on full disability
23. I have just Medicare, and it is not sufficient, and not accepted at many places down here.  I have been lucky to find people who would accept my Medicare coverage as full payment on things like oxygen and my nebulizer.  I live on the border just to help with my prescriptions, if I lived anywhere else, I would not be able to make it for prescriptions and food
24. No
25. I am available for anyone at my e-mail address
26. None
27. Yes, three packs a day when I quit about 7 years ago.  Also I was brought up in the Computer manufacturing business, and we used many exotic chemicals to bathe in that are outlawed now.  That didn't help my lungs much either.
28. I do what I can, but it is mainly walking the length of my Oxygen tubing, and back again.  I have not slept in a bed for over a year now, due to fluid backing up in my lungs if I get horizontal.  I sleep at my desk in a high back Kitchen chair with a heavy pad on it.
29. Biaxin, Keflex, Zithromax.  These all work pretty good, but I sometimes need a double dose, Instead of 7 days, 14 days, you get the picture.  The dosage is different for all of them, and sometimes it takes two to get rid of what ever I have got.
30. Not that I am aware of.

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1.` John Philip Walker, born 1942, male
2.  nevada (las vegas area), jpwteach@vegas.infi.net 
2a. no
3.  chronic bronchitis (1994/earlier), possibly asthma, and severe emphysema
4.  56
5.  46 (smoker's cough)
6.  1994 (infectious bronchitis)
7.  yes (1998, with pneumonia)
8.  several breathing tests and blood tests plus x-rays
9.  tech's, no
10. no
11. serevent, 2-puffs twice daily; atrovent, 4-puffs 4 times daily
    albuterol, 2-puffs as needed to 4 times daily
12. albuterol seems least effective
13. theophylline (200mg) twice daily
14. unsure
15. no (but I probably need some right now - quit smoking)
16. nicotine inhaler made me cough
17. no
18. no
19. no
20. no
21. full time (haven't worked in 6-weeks, however)
22. partially, I'd say (get winded easily)
23. HMO (PPO), no
24. no
25. yes (e-mail)
26. My current pullmonary doctor is a younger indian fellow and he provides little information unless I ask questions about something. He always seems to be in a hurry. I will probably change doctors. I'm a chemical enginer, a secondary math teacher, 
    a pc hobbiest, and I'm currently divorced/single.
27. yes, addict, recovering (21-days as of 1/7/98)
28. no (but I want to play tennis)
29. can't say; don't know their names; most were taken when I had pneumonia

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1. :  Judith Wallace* l940  Female
2. :  hineighbor@comcast.net
3. :  Asthma,Chornic Bronchitis ,Emphysema
4. :  61
5. :  59
6. :  short of breath
7. :  yes
8. :  The, blowing into, tester to see how much air is used
9. :  A nurse  yes very sufficint information
10. : no
11. : comblvent---as rescue
12. : Advair
13. : Advair  one AM & PM Comblvent rescue  and neblizer 4 times a day
14. : Advair
15. : Lexapro 10 mg. once a day
16. : no problem with any of them. Did have dry mouth, for awhile. All, ok now.
17. : yes- can't do now because of bad back
18. : yes-=  ipratropium 0.02%and Albuterol Sulfate 83%
19. : All the time 24/7+          
20. : There are times I,think eye site is bad. Also Dryness in mouth and throat.
21. : no
22. : full time disability
23. : Private no not enough
24. : no, but want to in the near future
25. : anytime and there choise
26. : none
27. : Former
28. : little
29. : don''t remember, Dr. changes each time
30. : no

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1. Garriott Wallbridge

2. Arizona, garwall@sedona.net
3. Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema, 2/3 right lung reduction (CANCER)
4. 69
5. 34
6. Pneumonia
7. Yes
8. X-ray, Cat scan, MRI, Biopsy
9. The Pulmonoligist
10. No
11. Albuterol as needed
12. Epheneferin was the best for simple asthma
13. Claritin=1 tab twice daily, Singulair=1 tab daily, Guifenisen=2
      tabs twice daily, Prednisone=1 tab every other day
14. Difficult to say
15. No
16. Yes, Maxair=irritated lungs
17. No/Yes=breathing
18. Yes=Albuterol
19. Yes when leaving house
20. Temperatures in -30o or +90o makes breathing difficult
21. No
22. No
23. No/no
24. Yes as explained in #3
25. Whatever so long as it is reasonable. NO BOILEROOMS!!!
26. Discovered this site through Arizona Republic newspaper article
27. Former, 40+ years. Quit 1989
28. No
29. Do  not remember the name of the antibiotic but the Dr. refers to it as a "Six-Pack"
30. Not as far as I know

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1. :  Terri Wallin, 1963, Female
2. :  GA - tlwallin@comcast.net
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  42
5. :
6. :  Shortness of Breath and Pain
7. :  Yes
8. :  CT Scan
9. :  An ER Doctor, No
10. : No
11. : Atrovent, As Needed
12. : Albuterol
13. : Theodophylline - 200 mg - 2 times a day, Prednisone - 10 mg - Once a day,
14. :
15. : Elavil - 25 mg - Once at night, Valium - 5 mg - As Needed,
16:  Albuterol Inhaler gave me severe pain in my chest area
17. : Not yet
18. : No
19. : No
20:  I am having problems with jittery feelings and feeling like my insides are jumping, my sleeping pattern has changed as have my eating patterns
21. : No
22. : No
23. : No insurance
24. : No
25. : Yes
26:
27. : Yes but on countdown to quitting only 43 more days to go
28. : No
29. : Doxycycline
30. : No, but think that I need to check into it.

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1. :  Walton Patricia,1952, female
2. :  U.K. itsmemandu4@aol.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  2000
5. :  40
6. :  chestinfection
7. :  yes
8. :  ABG, LUNG FUNCTION
9. :  Consultant
10. : no
11. : pulmicort, combivent 4times daily
12. : no others taken
13. : accolate 20mg twice daily, bambuterol 10mg once daily prednisone5mg verapamil 20mg
14. : none taken
15. : no
16. : theophalline, increased heat rate, discontinued
17. : no and no
18. : no
19. : yes 24/7
20. : no
21. : no
22. : full
23. : no
24. : no
25. : yes
26. :
27. : former
28. :
29. : augmentin
30. : yes

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1. Janice Wark,1955,F
2. MI weedas@webtv.net
2a. N/A
3. Emphysema
4.44
5. 38
6. SOB
7. yes
8. Lung Function Testing
9. Hospital Respiratory Dept. very good info.
10. No
11. Serevent 2puffs 2xday
      Atrovent 2puffs 3xday
      Pulmicort 2puffs 2xday
12.Albuterol
13.N/A
14.N/A
15.N/A
16.N/A
17.walking
18. N/A
19. N/A
20.N/A
21.part time
22.N/A
23.private insurance--sufficent
24.N/A
25.yes--anytime
26.N/A
27.former smoker 29 years
28.yes---walk
29.Z-tabs
30.N/A

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1. :  Georgette Warnock 1962 female
2. :  Indiana Georgei0397@sbcglobal.net
3. :  Bronchitis Emphysema Asthma
4. :  36
5. :  36
6. :  pnemonia-shortness of breath
7. :  yes
8. :  xrays CTscan
9. :  emergency room/yes
10. : no
11. : Advair50/500 spriva albuterol
12. : serevent
13. : Theo-24 400 mg         Prednisone if needed
14. : always been on these
15. : lorazipam 5mg up to 15mg per day as needed
16:  albuterol in nebulizer gave me the shakes  changed to xopenex
17. : have been to pulmanary rehab 3 times
18. : xopenex
19. :   24/7 all
20:  all of the above/ lack of sex drive
21. : no
22. : full disability
23. : medicare and husbands insurance
24. : am doing work up to get on transplant list lots of tests
25. : yes
26:  this group is interesting
27. : yes
28. : yes
29. : biaxin
30. : yes not a factor

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1.James Watson*  1942 Male 
2. Cincinnatin Ohio  jamwat@webtv.net
2a.No 
3.Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema) 
4. 52 
5. 52 
6. To weak to even walk into ER  
7. Yes 
8. Was put in hospital for two weeks all tests done 
9. Doctors in hospital they told me about COPD 
10. No 
11. Serevent 2  puffs 2 times a day Azmacort 2/4xday Albuterol 2 every 3 hours 
12. Unknown
13. Prednisone 60mgs day 
14. Unknown 
15. Wellbutrin 300mgs day
16. No
17. No 
18. Yes  Albuterol and Ipratropium 
19. Yes 24/7. 
20. sleeplessness, 
21. No
22.  Fully disabled
23. Ohio Medicaid 
24. No
25. Yes anytime by email. 
26. None 
27.Former 
28. No
29. Unknown 

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1. :  Linda Watson, 1950, female
2. :  New York lwatson@hvc.rr.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :   38
5. :   37
6. :   bronchitis
7. :   yes
8. :   abg, xray
9. :   my gp, yes he gave me good information
10. : no
11. : foradil, spiriva, flovent 110 ,
12. : serevent, effective but bad side effects
13. : accolate 20 mg 2x a  day
14. : claritin
15. : no
16. : albuterol & serevent, nervousness, inanbility to sleep, excessive tension, loss of appetite
17. : postural drainage, at first , rehab in later years in prep for lvrs
18. :no
19. :no but I was on oxygen before my operation and probably should be using it now to exercise.
20. : All of the above plus memory loss.
21. :no, I am afraid I will get sick if I work.
22. :full disability
23. :I have coverage through my husband's employment, am eligible for medicare.
24. :had lvrs 6/5/2000 Col. Pres NYC
25. :Yes, any time via e-mail
26. :I would recommend exercise daily, avoiding crowds and colds. I take 1000 mg vit c and garlic every day and learn to wash your hands all the time. Make everyone that comes in your house wash them too. If your relatives smoke make them go outside (and you go outside too, if you are still smoking). The less you breathe it the longer you will live.
27. :yes, from 18-48.
28. :walk & weights
29. :z-pack
30. :yes-negative

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1. :  Donald Watt,1931,male
2. :  Canada,dewatt@videotron.ca,no
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  63
5. :  63
6. :  SOB
7. :  Yes
8. :  X-ray,breathing tests
9. :  pumologist,yes
10. : NO
11. : Symbicourt 200(2xday,Spiviradaily),Airomir(if needed)
12. : I forget names
13. : none
14. : N/A
15. : Ativan 1mg at bedtime
16. : none
17. : waiting start of rehab(3Xeek/10 weeks)at Montreal Chest Institute
18. : no
19. : 1.5l/m for effort & during night
20. : high humidity,cold wind
21. : retired 20 years
22. : no
23. : Qc. medicare & private insurance
24. : no
25. : yes,e-mail,telephone 450-699-9889(6:00am-8:00pm)
26. :
27. : Former heavy,now from time to time
28. : no
29. :
30. : no

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1 Elaine Wauford* 1934 f
2N.C. Trnelaine@aol.com
2a  no
3Emphysema
464
5 62
6blacked out
7 no
8xrays and blood work
9dr. no
10 no
11Serevent 2 puffs every 12 hrs.    Atrovent 3 puffs 3 times a day
Albuterol 2 puffs every 4 hrs. as needed
12none taken in past
13Theophylline  200 MG  2 times a day
14none taken in past
15no
16no
17yes pulmonary
18 yes albyterol
19yes 3lt. 24/7
20no
21no
22partial
23yes  yes  yes no
24no
25yes
26 sure slows you down but not out.  Still driving and keeping grandkids after school.
27 former
28 yes
29no experience
30 no

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1. :  Joanne Weber, 1942, female
2. :  Wisconsin, jaweber@wi.rr.com,
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  59
5. :  51
6. :  SOB
7. :  yes
8. :  x-ray, spirometry, stress test
9. :  PCP
10. : no
11. : Spiriva
12. : Advair
13. : Singular 10 mg, Albuterol as needed, Digitek 0.125, Diovan 80 mg, and Furosemide 40 mg
14. : n/a
15. : no
16. : Scratchy throat from Advair
17. : yes, will be starting soon
18. : no
19. : yes, 24/7
20. :
21. : no
22. : full disability
23. : yes, yes
24. : no to both
25. : yes, any time
27. : Former
28. : yes
29. : n/a
30. : no

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1. :  John Weidmann, 1947, male
2. :  New Jersey, Etype67@aol.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  56
5. :  50
6. :  shortness of breath
7. :  yes
8. :  breathing
9. : 
10. :
11. : Flovet 220 mg 2 puffs twice a day, Combivent 2 puffs 4 times a day
12. :
13. :
14. :
15. : no
16. : no
17. : yes.
18. : no
19. : no
20. : no
21. : full time
22. : no
23. : HMO, yes
24. : no
25. :
26. :
27. : former
28. : yes
29. :
30. : no

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1 - Del Weimer, 1929-male
 2 - Ohio- deweimer@bright.net- 419-947-1546
 2-A- No
 3 -Emphysema
 4 - 66
 5- 63
 6- Right lung collapsed
 7- Yes
 8- Breathing tests and x rays
 9- Mansfield, OH hospital and yes
10- No
11- Nebulizer, 4 times daily, Pulmicort, 2 puffs, 2 times daily
12- I don't know- could not tell much difference
13- Theophyiline, 300mg, 2 daily-cardura,4mg 1daily, Zoloft, 50mg  1 daily, Clartin 10mg 1 daily
14- I can't tell
15- Yes, Zoloft, 50mg daily
16- No
17- All of it, Strength & Flexibility
18- Yes, Albuterol 20cc, 0.5%, Ipratropium 2.5ml IS .2%
19- Oxygen- Liquid, 2 to 6 lpm, depending on activity, 24/7
20- Yes with listed, This goes with the condition
21- No
22- No
23- Yes, Medicare and private
24- No, Went through NETT but ended up to weak to proceed
25- Yes, refer to # 2, anytime
26- None at this time except I do like this group
27- Yes, former
28- Some, should do more
29- Doxycyline
30- No

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1. Mark R. Weinheimer, 1950, Male
2. NY, mrw@netcom.ix.com
2a. No
3. Emphysema
4. 38
5. 38
6. Chest cold
7. No
8. Spirometry
9. Primary care physician. No.
10. No
11. Flovent, Serevent
12. N.A.
13. None for E., Prevacid for ulcer, Celebrex for arthritis.
14. N.A.
15. No
16. No
17. No
18. No
19. No
20. Yes, I am more often cold, fatigued.
21. Yes, full time
22. No
23. HMO, through work, coverage is adequate, for now
24. No
25. Yes
26. I ignored early symptoms for too long, too bad.
27. Former Smoker, 32 foolish years.
28. No
29. Don't Know
30. No

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1. :  Marlene Weiss 1934 F
2. :  Colorado mlweiss@aol.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  64
5. :  64
6. :  Passed out
7. :  no
8. :  not sure
9. :  internist no was not given info.
10. : no
11. : Advair discus 500/50 2/day Proventil when needed
12. : Advair
13. : Allegra
14. :
15. : no
16. :
17. : no
18. : no
19. : liquid 5/6 liters
20. : incontinence at times, extreme cold and extreme heat
21. : no
22. : no
23. : Meidcare
24. : no
25. : yes after 2pm mst
26. : I feel that I have never been given adequate information by my doctors. Not good.
27. : former
28. : not as much as I should
29. : haven't had one
30. : no

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1. :  Rebecca Wertz-1958-female
2. :  new york     maniacmansion1@cs.com
3. :  chronic bronchitis and emphysema
4. :  45
5. :  40
6. :  very sob ,lethargy
7. :  i asked my primary to,he did so reluctantly
8. :  chest xray,spirometry
9. :  primary dr directed tests and i was so overwhelmed i went home in a blur
10. : no
11. : pulmocort,albuterol
12. : flovent
13. : sigulair 10mg
14. :
15. : no
16. : i hated advair ,i was bloated,i was having mood swings,thrush,hoarseness,tons of phlem in back of throat
17. : i start in 2 wks
18. : i stopped using nebs to see how the spiriva is going to work,  was on duo neb
19. : oxegen  24/7
20. : the cold is the worse
21. : no
22. : full
23. : medicaid  ,very good coverage
24. : being referred to pittsburgh,but ins, says i have to be smoke free 6 mos  first and im bot
25. : yes  phone #    716-627-5983
26. :
27. : former
28. : no, but i have 6 kids at home and i do have to try and keep up
29. : leviquin
30. : yes

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1. : Doris West, 1927, female
2. :  doriswest@tampabat.rr.com Florida
3. :  Bronchitis & Emphesema
4. :  70
5. :  70
6. :  breathing problems
7. :  in 2004-after hospitalation
8. :  many=names?
9. :  in hospital
10. : no
11. : albererol
12. : ???????
13. : Spiriva
14. : ?????????
15. : zoloft 25m
16. : no
17. : rehab exercise-12 weeks
18. : albuterol
19. : 24/7
20. : cold feet??
21. : retired
22. : none
23. : yes-have tricare for life
24. : would like to have it
25. : yes
26. : It is hard to read all the letters sent to Efforts--wish they were not printed over & over..just once & then the answers to that letter
27. : former
28. : yes
29. : cipro
30. : no

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William L. West*   1925     MALE
2     NC     bilwes@intrstar.net
2n    no
3     Emphysema & pulmonary fibrosis
4     74
5     67
6     no Dr. ever told me that I had the bib E..
7     no
8     x-rays
9     no
10    no
11    no inhalers      just nebulizer every 4 hrs or as needed
12    no idea
13    prednisone    40 mgs. per day for 1 month
14    no idea
15    no
16    not so far
17    no
18    yes  albuterol   and     ipratropium
19    yes  almost all the time,especially at night while sleeping
20    yes    sleeplessness
21    no  retired
22    not to be compensated for any of it
23    yes
24    no
25    yes and use email
26    this appears to be a wonderful organization in all respects
27    yes,former
28    yes  as much as possible
29    have not had any upper respiratory infections as of this date
30    no

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1. :  Laurence Weyers (Tiny) 1961, Male
2. :  tiny@zestfitness.com. Cape Town South Africa
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  39 years
5. :  39 years (first noticed)
6. :  Unable to breathe properly during flu
7. :  No
8. :  Nothing
9. :  Not even nearly
10. : No
11. : Asthavent (inhaler) Atrovent BTU (nebuliser)
12. : Venteeze
13. : None
14. : N/A
15. : No
16. : Asthavent. Getting continuous shaking of the hands
17. : No
18. : Atrovent btu
19. : No
20. : Sleeplessness
21. : Full Time
22. : No
23. : None and no
24. : No
25. : Yes, anytime. Any format supported by Windows 98
26. :
27. : Yes
28. : Very much so
29. : Never taken antibiotics for Emphysema
30. : No

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1.      Sandy Whaley, 1951, Female
2.      TN,  YoMama3588@aol.com
2a      No
3.      Emphysema
4.      41
5.      39 or 40
6.      Severe SOB
7.      No
8.      PFT's, arterial blood gas, lung scans
9.      ER doctor, No
10      No
11      Albuterol, 2 puffs 4x day
          Atrovent, 2 puff every 6 hrs.
12      Both were effective untill now, Albuterol least effective now
13      None
14      Theophylline
15      no
16      Theophylline...extreme nervousness
17      No to both
18      No
19      No
20      Intollerance to heat, incontinence during extreme SOB, terrible sleeplessness, panic attacks during sleep, legs jerk when I drift off to sleep, and wake me up, then can't go back to sleep for several hours.
21      Had to quit work 6 mos. ago...just didn't have the energy to go another day, after 22 yrs. on same job.
22      Applied for Soc. Sec. Dis. 3/3/99.....haven't gotten answer yet.
23      No insurance of any kind
24      No
25      Yes, anytime by E-Mail
26      Cigarettes have destroyed me.  I beg of others to quit before irrepairable damage is done.  I quit cold turkey 5 yrs. ago....had
          I quit 7 yrs. ago, would have a normal life now.
27      Former
28      No...can't drag myself off couch...no energy at all.
29      Augmentin
30      Yes..have it.


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1. :  Sandy Wheeler,1962,Female
2. :  kwmsbr6@aol.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  41
5. :  39
6. :  Shortness Of Breath,Coughing
7. :  Yes
8. :  CT Scan
9. :  ER Doctor, No
10. : No
11. : Advair 250/50, Combivent, Rhinocort Aqua Nasal Spray, Albuteral
12. : I'm not sure
13. : Lexapro 20 mg. in the morning, Hydroxy Pam 50 mg. at night, Prilosec, Estrogens 0.625/1.25 mg, Provera2.5mg , Bextra 20 mg, and Motrin 800
14. : Motrin 800,and Prilosec 40 mg
15. : Lexapro 20 mg and Hydroxyz Pam 50 mg
16. :
17. : No
18. : What is a nebulizer?
19. : No
20. : Yes to intolerance to heat and cold,incontinence, sleeplessness alway, dizzy spells, problems with my memory, have fainty spells, walking, stair climbing, doing normal household chores I get SOB, taking a shower
21. : No
22. : Nether
23. : HMO and Yes
24. : NO
25. : Yes.  Anytime.
26. : I get SOB when I go upstairs, when sho
27. : Yes
28. : No
29. : I've taken so many in the 1/2 year I don't believe any of them worked well
30. : No

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1. Lawrence N. Whiddon, born 1930  male
2. Amarillo, Texas  bksnmore@arn.net
3. I have asthma and emphysema
4. 64
5. 62
6. I could not go from one room to the next without stopping to get my breath.
7. no
8. Just the usual breath tests.
9. They were done in the hospital lab. Yes
10 no
11 I use Combivent 4 times daily, 2 puffs each time and 2 puffs of ceravent daily.
12 none
13 I take theophline 600 mg daily and deltasone 5 mg daily
14these are the only ones I have used.
15 none
16 none
17 Yes.  I went through 8 weeks of rehab at a wonderful facilityhere. It is ranked in the top 5 in the nation. Trearmill, airedyne, hand weights, and breathing exercises.
18 yes  Albuterol solution and atrovent solution, each 4 times daily.
19 yes 24 hours per day.
20 just heat I have some incontinence, urinary due to radical prostate surgery several years ago.  No reocurrance since.
21 I am a retired teacher.  My wife andI own a small bookstore which keeps us very busy.
22 I do not consider my self disabled in any way. I am privledged to live a wonderful life with a wonderful a patient lady  for 47 years.
23 I have the state teachers retirement insurance and medicare. I have had no problem to date with insurance.
24 No
25 I would love to share or visit with anyone at any time via e-mail.
26 Life gets sweeter by the day.  We need to all enjoy it.
27 No former.  I stopped cold turkey in 1982 after smoking for 38 years.  I never wanted another one after I put them down.
28Yes.  1-1/2 hours 6 days per week.  I havea top of the line treadmill, an airedyne, hand weights  but I also go to the rehab gym two days a week so I can check my O2 blood level.  I can go as often as I want for only 15.00 a month.
29. Levaquin 500 mg once per day

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1. Carol White 1950  F
2.Raleigh, North Carolina, e mail ,MzProzak@aol.com
or carolwhite@rocketmail.com.
2a. No
3. Emphysema, Pulmonary Hypertension
4. 46
5. 35
6.SOB , was being treated for 12 years for panic attacks...ended up one night in the hospital with chest pains, sob...bp was 170/92...chest pains, feet and ankles were so swollen I couldn't get shoes on and in less than a month I had lost 19 lbs ...I knew
something was terribly wrong.
7. yes
8. Pulmonary fuction tests. blood gases, even a sonogram of my heart and some kind of picts of my lungs.
9. a pulmonary dr ..and no . all I was told was if I wanted to live I had to quit smoking and that I had severe pulmonary hypertension and empheysema.
10. No
11.Combivent, 2 puffs 4xaday, Serevent, 2 puffs 2xaday,Flovent110 , 2 puffs 2xaday.
14. Sometimes I think none are doing any good.
15. Yes Lorazepam 0.5mg , 1 tablet 3x a day as needed
16. Yes sleeplessness , racing heart and what my Mom used to call the Hibbie Jibbies.     .
17. No
18. Yes. albuterol , only when I absolutely need it because I climb the walls after a treatment.
19. No
20. yes , incontinence , especially when I get extremly SOB. and also heat.
21. No on disability since 8-96 .
22. Full disability  .
23. Private insurance and medicare. yes , but I wish my insurance paid more on meds.
24 ...No Pulmonary Dr said I was not a good candidate for LVRS. He didn't say why though.
25. Yes anytime
26..I also am on blood pressure meds ..and have probably tried everything at some time or another.
27. yes ...former ....unless I slip every 6 months or so for just one . I smoked for
30 years , heavy.
28 . walking if able .
29. I can't recall the name but i took one in the spring , that u took 2 of the 1st day and then 1 for 4 days after i think ..but it worked very well.

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1. :  Helen White, 1940, F
2. :  CO  hwhite56@yahoo.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  63
5. :  60
6. :  SOB
7. :  no
8. :  oximetry & spirometry
9. :  PCP & resp. tech
10. : yes
11. : Advair 250/50, Atrovent
12. :
13. : foxamax weekly
14. :
15. : no
16. : no
17. : no, but walk and lift weights
18. : no
19. : 02 nights only
20. : insomnia
21. : retired
22. : no
23. : private; $1,000 deductible
24. : no
25. : yes, e-mail any time
26. :
27. : Former; 47 years
28. : yes
29. : only used Biaxin
30. : n/a

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1. Joseph M. White*, 1929, male
2. NC,  jwhite4@carolina.rr.com
2a. No
3. Emphysema
4.64
5.52
6. Shortness of breath
7. after 7 years
8. Blood gas w\exercise, pulmonary function test
9. Technician at hospital
10. No
11.Serevent 13gm.1puffsx1, Atrovent B-1 4puffsx3, Albuterol 90 mcg 4puffsx3 Flovent 220 2x2
12. None
13.Furosemide 20 mg 1x1 Spironolactone 25 mg 1x2
Uniphyl 400 mg 1x1 Digoxin 0.125 tablet x1
14. None
15.yes, Alprazolam .5 mg 1x6
16.Yes Theo-Dur 100 mg tablet.Headaches
17. treadmill, pursed lip breathing
18. yes Ipratropium Bromide .2mg/ml solution
        Abuterol Sulfate 0.83 mg/ml solution
19.yes, continuous was on 2 L/M for 6 years now 5 L/M
20.yes, hot humid weather, extreme cold I have a feeling at times that my back is on fire. Extremely warm. Feet have been swelling
about one year now. I have a pulmonary specialist and a cardiologist.
21. No
22. No
23. Partners Medicare Choice
24. No
25. Yes,
26.I had pneumonia in 1981. If I had stopped smoking then I would be in the shape I'm in today.
27. Yes, 52 years
28. Yes, treadmill. walking. Still able to drive with oxygen. I have a little rascal scooter, I have a hoist to lift it on the truck
and ride it through the super stores. I have a Oxymatic 301electronic oxygen conserver. It weights 6 lbs.and uses a 11 cu.in. tank.
that will last about ten hours @ 2/L/M.
29.Erg-Tab 333 mg. tablet Prednisone 10 mg tablet
30. No

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1. Norma Jean White       1940      Female
2. Ohio           njw1940@aol.com
3. Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, and Emphysema
4. 57 yrs
5. In my Thirties
6. Had to go to hospital 1-5-98 because couldn't breathe and was  blue lipped and nails.
7.No
8. X-rays , ????
9. My family doctor       and no I was not told much
10. No
11.  Atrtovent  4x daily  2 puffs
      Azmacort  2x daily 3 puffs
12. As far as I know I have had no problem
13. Singular   10mg
      Entex
14.
15. Yes   Ativan 1mg
16. no
17.no
18. Yes   albuterol  2.5
19. yes      24/7
20.yes
21. no
22.no
23. Private Insurance
24.no
25. Yes anytime
26. At this time I am still learning and really don't know what to say.
27. Was a 2 to 3 pack a day smoker
28.  Just try to walk as ,much as I can and to do breathing  exercises
29. Zithomaz  ( hope I spelled that right)
30. No

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1. :  Reba White
2. :  Arizona
3. :  asthma, now emphysema
4. :  40
5. :  asthma at 2 yrs; emphysema 40
6. :  change in asthma symptoms
7. :  I see a Lung Specialist, is that the same thing?
8. :  PFT
9. :  sort of; I was too stunned to ask questions
10. : just the PFT
11. : Advair, Albuterol, Spiriva
12. : spiriva is brand new to me...waiting to see
13. : theophyllin
14. : singular didn't work at all
15. : I take Tylenol PM at night to sleep
16:  no
17. : no
18. : albuterol breathing treatments as needed
19. : no
20:  I have trouble sleeping. I can't take the heat, and humidity is hard on me.
21. : full-time
22. : no
23. : I have great insurance through work
24. : no
25. : I'm brand new at this; newly diagnosed. They can email me if they want.
26:  I'm afraid of the future. I am trying to learn to cope
27. : No. I did a few times when I was 16 yrs old experimenting. Never as a habit, thank God!
28. : no, but thinking about walking
29. : I can't really remenber
30. : no, but will ask my doctor

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1. :  Janice Whitehead , 1957,   Female
2. :  Georgia, Roysgirl822@aol.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  43
5. :  43
6. :  Could not breathe
7. :  yes
8. :  Spiromentry, xray
9. :  Primary Physcian
10. : no
11. : Combivent, Spirivia, Azmacort
12. : None
13. : Singulair, Fosamx
14. : none
15. : no...Doctor won't prescribe
16:  no
17. : no
18. : no
19. : yes 24\7
20:  heat and cold
21. : no
22. : yes
23. : no
24. : no
25. : yes, anytime
26:
27. : Former
28. : some?
29. : Can't say
30. : no

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1. :  Dorothy Whitford, 1931, female
2. : 
3. :  asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema
4. :  42
5. :  39
6. :  bronchitis
7. :  in 1986
8. :  complete series at Johns Hopkins in 1989
9. :  Dr. Bell. Johns Hopkins
10. : no
11. : combivent, every 4 hrs, a dvent 2 puffs 2x day
12. : don't know
13. : xanax, paxel, prednisone (at moment 20 mg), lasix, potassium.
14. : don't know
15. : yes.  xanax .025 2x, paxel-20mg
16. : can't take theodore.  Rapid heart beat, passing out
17. : yes.  Still go to pulmonary exercise group 3 times a week
18. : Only when need more than inhaler.  Combination
19. :
20. : incontinence from cough
21. : no
22. : no
23. : medicare-tricare-yes
24. : no
25. : any time e-mail
26. :
27. : former--30 yrs ago
28. : yes
29. : I have mersa
30. : no

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1.   Dolly Whitlow, 1942, Female 
2.   Arizona, dollyw@coppernet.net 
3.   asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema  (all 3) 
4.   55 
5.   40s??? (I ignored) 
6.   Emergency visit - couldn't breath 
7.   Yes 
8.   Chest x-ray, blood gas (it hurt), listening to lungs, finally a breathing test 
9.   My doctor.  Yes, BUT this group has really made me understand! 
10. Yes 
11.  Serevent. 2 puffs twice a day 
12.  Vanceril double strength 
13.  Singular 10 mg, Theophylline 300 mg twice a day, prednisone 5 mg 
14. 
15.  no 
16.  The prednisone effects 
17.  yes.  I did 3 months, twice a week, 3 1/2 hours of  Education about the disease, exercise, and group therapy.  The exercise part was weights, cycles, treadmill, arm exercises, etc. 
18. Used for one 17 months.  Albuteral and Atrovent 
19.  yes.  24/7 at 2 to 3 lmp 
20.  I cry easy.  Happy or Say. 
21.  No.  Medical retirement 
22.  Full Disability 
23.  Private.  Still with my old school.  Only good for 5 more months.  Good coverage so far. Worried about future.  Can't get medicare until April of 2000. 
24.  No. 
25.  Yes.  Use e-mail given on #2 above. 
26.  If I had really understood what emphysema was it might have made a difference.  I felt I was pretty immune to things that happened to everyone else. 
27.  I quit the day I started O2. 
28.  No. 
29.  Singular. 
30.  No.  I least I don't remember if I was.  I had a lot of tests taken.

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 1.  Tom Whitman-1941-male
 2.  Florida      twhitman@cfl.rr.com      
 3.  Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema
 4.  43
 5.  40
 6.  Bronchitis-SOB
 7.  Not immediately
 8.  Xray then PFT-Thallium Stress-Sonogram
 9.  Hospital as out-pt - yes
10.  No
11.  Flovent 220 2 puffs/2xdaily
12.  Hard to say
13.  Theophylline 300 2x daily; Bumex 1mg 1x daily; Potassium 10 meg 1x daily; Clonazepam .5mg 2 at bedtime
14.
15.  Zoloft .10 daily
16.  No
17.  Yes-Yes
18.  Proventil, Atrovent  4x daily
19.  Yes 24/7  2ltr at rest;  4ltr ambulating
20.  No
21.  No
22.  Full Disability
23.  Medicare and HMO in August 1999
24.  No
25.  Absolutely, any time
26.  Education of COPD, Rehab and Exercise is the reason I'm alive today. Can't say enough about these.
27.  Former
28.  Absolutely, every day without fail
29.  Zithromax and Levaquim

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1. Lou Whittemore, 1928, Male
2. Pennsylvania, loulou488@comcast.net
2a. No
3. Emphysema
4. 45
5. 40
6. Shortness of breath & cough.
7. Yes
8. Complete Pulmonary Function Tests.
9. York Hospital, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department. Yes.
10. Yes.
11. Foradil Aerolizer-1 capsule every 12 hours; Spiriva (Tiova) 1 capsule daily; Albuterol - as needed
12. Alupent (made me nervous)
13. Singulair(10mg)-1 tablet at bedtime
14. Theodur
15. Xanax(0.5mg)- 3x/day
16. Alupent. Nervousness.
17. York Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Course. 20 Range of Motion exercises (5/day), and walking.
18.No
19. Yes. 2-3 lpm, only for exercise and flying
20. No
21. Retired (1997)
22.No
23.Medicare-AARP Medigap. Yes.
24. No
25. Anytime. E-mail or phone 717-757-6180.
26. Lung Cancer Survivor (lobe & wedge surgically removed May, 1992)
27. No. Quit January 29th, 1990
28. Yes (see #17)
29. Gatifloxcin (400mg) & Prednisone
30. No

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1. :  Dolores  Wicklund 1935 female
2. :  rhode island d.deedeefrri@verizon.net
3. :  emphysema
4. :  68
5. :  68
6. :  went to get results of mri for other problem
7. :  no was admitted to hosp.fr dr office congestive heart failure
8. :  every thing
9. :  pc doc iam not satisfied with info
10. : no
11. : combivent  2x4 daily
12. : never had scrip or illness till now
13. : lasix lisinopril bextra bisoporol synthroid
14. : no
15. : no
16. : no
17. : no
18. :
19. : 24/7
20. : no
21. : no
22. : no
23. : medicare blue chip no scrip coverage
24. : no
25. :
26. : I am having hard time with all this and I want more answers from the drs.
27. : quit 4 weeks ago after 53 years
28. : no
29. : don't know
30. : don't know

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1. :  Chris Wigley, 1941, male
2. :  Iowa  (Quad cities area) cwigley@mchsi.com
3. :  Emphysema?
4. :  51
5. :  SOB mid fifties on heavy exertion
6. :  "silent" chest pain
7. : 
8. :  due for pulmonarey function test 8/25/-3
9. : 
10. : ?
11. : albuterol 2puffs four times/day as required
12. :
13. :
14. :
15. : no
16. : tried foradil a couple of weeks ago - first day seemed good, second not bad - third not good forth gave up, used albuterol inhaler and brought up a lot of phlegm - the first cough since starting the foradil.
17. : some suggestions by health insurance co. on-line nurse - try at home type.
18. : no
19. : no
20. :
21. : no - "involuntary early retirement" 18 months ago
22. : ?
23. : my wife's insurance gives coverage now, medicare will probably never be an option as I have not been resident in the U.S. and paying in for long enough - this is a little scary. We plan to return to Canada when my wife retires.
24. : no
25. : yes
26. : just back from hospital (8/21/03)for angioplasty - two stents placed
27. : quit 4 years ago - was very heavy smoker
28. : no
29. : ?
30. : no

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1. Theresa Wilcox, 1947,  Female
2. North Carolina, theresawil@msn.com
2 a. No
3. Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema
4. Emphysema in 1996 age  39
5.Chronic Bronchitis since childhood Collapsed Lung in 1972, told had lesion's on lungs
6. Emergency room (no P C P) Could not breath
7.Not then, ( Emergency room again in 1998 Pneunomia, intensive care for 6 days total hospital stay 10 days was referred to Pulmonologist at that time, 2000  Pneumonia again 9 day's this time, new Pulmonologist The Pulmo I have now will be my third one they lose interest if you are not insured.
8. X rays, P F T, Blood gasses
9.  Hospital technician's
10. No
11. Serevent  2x a day  morning and night Combevent  2 x 4,  multivitimins vitamin c and protegra  antioxident 1 asprin every morning Nasacort when my sinuses are bad
12.  The first med perscribed to me was Theophyllin it worked very well  but I am now told that it has two many side affects and will not be perscribed.
13. none
14.
15. No. But when it get's too much for me My son takes me to the ocean where I can walk farther and with less S O B then anywhere else and that  soothe's my soul.
16. No
17. Exercise or Rehab have never been suggested to me by anyone, The Pulomonary Dr. I have now after looking at my x rays and fev results looked at me shook his head said I was just too young for my lung's to be so diseased, (said"how sorry he was",I don't think he hold's much hope for me) perscribed the nebulizer and inhailer' said he would see me in three months and so I go every three month's he ask's Question's doesn't wait for the answers and I make another 3 month appointment.
18. Yes, Duo Neb 4x day
19. No. Was on it from 1998 - 1999 then again 2000- 2001
20. Yes intolerance to heat and cold, sleep very little, and I have a burning sensation in the vain's in my hand's that no one can explain, also pain in my legs and feet
21. No, I was accepted for disabillity in June  2001
22. Full disabillity
23. No insurance; but will be able to get medicare 6/15/2003 when my two year waiting period is over.
24.No
25. No. 
26.    Everything I know about this disease I have learned from EFFORTS and other research on the web but mostly from EFFORTS and I learn something that helps me almost every day when I open my e mail.
27. Former? sometimes I lapse
28.I walk whenever I can
29. Zithromax, it seems to knock out  any infection I get very quickly 
30.No, But I have been accepted for the study in Mass. I just have to get up there.

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1. :  Ruth Wiley, 9-12-22, F
2. :  Texas,rwiley9691@aol.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  79
5. :  early 50s
6. :  could not breathe well/weak
7. :  no
8. :  in hospital/breathing tests/blood tests , etc.
9. :  hospital doctor/I received information but too distressed to understand fully
10. : no
11. : combivent, 2 puffs,4x daily. Floridil 2x dailey
12. : nothing in past only what I am taking now which seem effective
13. : none
14. : none
15. : no
16. : no adverse reactions to date
17. : no. I found out from Efforts that rehab was one of the best actions I could take. Had to fight to get into pulmonary rehab. But I got there and it is doing wonders for me.
18. : no
19. : yes, for sleeping and exercise at 2l
20. : difficulty with heat at 100 and up and high humidity
21. : no
22. : no
23. : Medicare and Tri Care for Life
24. : no
25. : use e-mail: rwiley9691@aol.com
26. : I spent 20 years trying to quit smoking going to every smoke no more seminar- nothing helped. Landed in the hospital Dec. 14,2001 and have not smoked since. Used Efforts to show me the way and managed to find a pulmologist I can work with and early on to find a doctor that would fill out a form to get me into a rehab program at the local hospital. It was not easy. Some doctors do not seem to think exercise is good for one and will not be bothered with filling out paper work.
27. : formerly 62 years
28. : yes, three times a week
29. : have not had one
30. : no

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1. :  Liddie Wilhelm 1941 female
2. :  Arkansas lwilhelm@pinncom.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  55
5. :  54
6. :  trouble breathing
7. :  the pulmonologist was my primary care at that time
8. :  He did breathing test and xrays
9. :  a nurse   yes
10. : No
11. : Advair 250/50, twice a day, Spiriva once a day, Albuterol for Rescue
12. : servent
13. : Mucinex 2 every 12 hours, Actos 30MG once a day, glipzide 2.5 mg once a day, Diovan 160/12.5 once a day, Lescol XL 80MG once a day,
14. :
15. : no
16:  no
17. : no
18. : yes
19. : continually 24 hrs. a day
20:  all of the above& Arthiritis pain in knees
21. : Retired
22. : no just retirement
23. : HMO,Yes
24. : NO
25. : yes
26:  I have been on oxygen for 15 months. I started out at 2 liters and just part time.  Now it is up to 4 and I still can't walk much because I get where I can't breathe
27. : Former
28. : No, Can't breathe when I move around
29. : Can't remember the name of it
30. : NO

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1. :  Celia Williams  1943  Female
2. :  UK   Celia2335@aol.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  60
5. :  54
6. :  Chest infections
7. :  Yes
8. :  Scan
9. :  My Doctor, very little information given
10. : no
11. : Ventalin
12. : Can't remember
13. :
14. :
15. : Seroxat 10mg
16. :
17. : None at all
18. :
19. : 2/3ltrs 24/7
20. : Feel cold and sleepy most of the time
21. : Retired
22. : Fully diabled
23. : The NHS is good in the UK
24. : No
25. :
26. :
27. : Former
28. : No
29. : Can't remember
30. : No

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1. :  Charlotte Williams  1943   Female
2. :  Illinois  mammawchar6@yahoo.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  61
5. :  59
6. :  sob
7. :  no
8. :  spirometry
9. :  not sure and no
10. : no
11. : spiriva  once a day
12. : I don't remember the names
13. : none
14. : none
15. : no
16:  on steroids had very sore throat but did not know that this can be normal so I quit taking them
17. : no
18. : no
19. : no
20:  sleeplessness  restless bloating and chest pain
21. : no
22. : no
23. : private insurance  yes
24. : no
25. : yes  email as in question #2
26:  I have bad habit of not keeping track of meds I have taken in past rely too much on Dr.
27. : Former
28. : Started this week bicyle and treadmill
29. : not sure
30. : no

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1. :  Trisha Williams, 1946, Female
2. :  Michigan tw48844@aol.com
3. :  Emphysema
4. :  50
5. :  50
6. :  sob
7. :  no
8. :  x-ray, spirometry
9. :  lab at Doctor
10. : ?
11. : Spiriva,  Advair250/50X2, Albuterol as needed
12. : Just albuterol not at all effective
13. : Accolate-20mg twice a day
14. : none taken
15. : no
16:  no
17. : not until I went to specialist in 2004
18. : no
19. : no-I used it 24/7 for six months, but since April,'05 I don't need it
20:  Mostly cold air and humidity is very bad-ALWAYS. Incontinence daily for 2 years but after I started Spiriva and Advair I've never had another drop.
21. : no
22. : full disability
23. : yes
24. : no
25. : yes - Email
26:  I feel so much stronger and better now that I am able to exercise a little (I couldn't even open a window before April,2005)
27. : yes
28. : yes
29. : None ever prescribed - just let it run its course
30. : yes (negative)

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1. :  Paula J Wilson 10-14-47 female
2. :  3402 martha ave Springdale Ar.72762 wil.pau@sbcglobal.net
3. :  copd=emphysema
4. :  56
5. :  48
6. :  asthma
7. :  yes
8. :  mri -chest xrays-breathing test
9. :  hospital did and i understood completely
10. : no
11. : spiriva=foradil as directed  albuteral rescue
12. : advair-broke my mouth out
13. : effexor-150mg k-dur20mg-spironolact10mg-lasix20mg-diovan80mg-effoxor75mg-topomax50mg-vitiams
14. : antidepressants
15. : effexor150mg-effexor75mg-topomax50mg
16:  no
17. : hospital rehab
18. : when very sick albuterol
19. : yes-24-7
20:  no
21. : n0
22. : full disability
23. : yes
24. : no
25. : yes anytime
26:  I think this  group of people are wonderful .It gives Hope and a place to go when we need information  a friendly place to hide where folks understand . I was without a computer for awhile and believe me i felt alone. Im divorced sick and lonely and this a god send to me God bless
27. : yes
28. : yes
29. :  levaquin alot of folks don't like this drug on efforts but it will help me when nothing else will
30. : no

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1. :  Sandi Wilson, 1940, female
2. :  Calif. sandillama@earthlink.net
3. :  idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
4. :  48
5. :  45
6. :  pneumonia
7. :  no
8. :   x-ray in 1988
9. :  at that time 1988..no
10. : no
11. : advair 500-50/ combivent
12. : albuterol
13. : none
14. : albuterol
15. : no
16. : none
17. : no
18. : no
19. : yes 1 liter at rest, 2 when exerting
20. : my fingernails have ridges in them
21. : I just applied for disability, SS
22. : I can't do any physical work without SOB
23. : I have Blue Shield and it's been great up to now
24. : no, only a lung biopsy, and awaiting results
25. : yes, anytime by email
26. : I think the regular docs pass everything on as COPD. I didn't get any real help until I referred myself to a teaching hospital.
27. : former, 30 years
28. : no
29. : amoxicillin
30. : no

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1. :  Eileen Wilms,  1939,  female
2. :  Illinois,  eileen127@comcast.net
3. :  Asthma & Chronic Bronchitis
4. :  58
5. :  52
6. :  bronchitis
7. :  not until hospitalized
8. :  6 minute walk
9. :  pulmonologist and yes
10. : no
11. : spiriva,  advair, & albuterol
12. : pulmacort and azmacort
13. : prednisone 5 mg
14. : theophilin
15. : no
16. : penicillin in 1994, went into anaphalactic shock
17. : I go to pulmonary rehab
18. : not since I've been on spiriva
19. : yes, 24/7,  3l day and 2l night
20. : I used to have a severe intolerance to heat but it seems to be under control at the moment but I am always aware it could happen again.
21. : no
22. : full disability
23. : Medicare and supplement
24. : no
25. : yes, anytime
26. : I have learned so much from the conversations here at EFFORTS.
27. : former
28. : yes
29. : levaquim
30. : no

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1. :  Joan Winfred 1941
2. :  California, Joanwnfrd@aol.com
3. :  severe emphysema
4. :  55
5. :  55
6. :  chest xray
7. :  no
8. :  plumo-
9. :  no  no  no  
10. : no
11. : advair, albuterol
12. : none
13. : none
14. : none
15. : no
16. :
17. : no insurance
18. : yes, and i use albuterol
19. : 02    24/7
20. : weather does effect me I prefer cold weather.
21. : no
22. : disabled
23. : No insurance
24. : no
25. : yes,love e-mail
26. : I'm new and enjoy seeing I'm not alone, look forward to reading the emails
27. : yea, smoked 43 years
28. : just clean house, cook. laundry in slow motion
29. : ?
30. : no

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1. :  Marianne Winser 1946 female
2. :  Albany, Western Australia  mariannew@westnet.com.au
3. :  Emphysema and Asthma
4. :  54
5. :  54
6. :  night time wheezing
7. :  no
8. :  xray
9. :  GP/yes
10. : no
11. : Ventolin 4 puffs every 3 hours
12. : Spiriva no help/all others no help
13. : none
14. : n/a
15. : no
16. : loss of voice and hacking cough with any medications other than ventolin
17. : no
18. : yes/ventolin 2.5
19. : no
20. : both cold and humidity cause shortness of breath. There is certainly some small amount of incontinence but had not thought it could be linked to COPD!!
21. : no
22. : already on a disability pension as I have spinal damage, with 6 titanium rods L5 to S1, however I am pretty active and extremely lucky not to be in a wheelchair
23. : we have Medicare in Australia but it's not the same as America I don't think, with ours we pay 4% of our taxable income (free to pensioners etc)
24. : no
25. : I'm happy to speak with anyone about anything
26. :
27. : Former smoker of 40 years. Gave it up 4 years ago (a few weeks before diagnosis) I am HAPPY to speak with people about how I gave up successfully and without trauma or stress, or withdrawal symptoms (as such)
28. : not enough, but yes I have a hired treadmill and try to do at least 1 kilometer a day (that's about 20 minutes), I have only just got the machine so am building up slowly day by day.
29. : I have Clarithromycin at home in case of infection, but I believe my Doctor gives a heavier set of drugs (ie Prednisolone etc) when I am in hospital
30. : no

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1.  Cathy Wolters, 1944, F.
2.  Virginia; acwolters@starband.net.
2a. No. If
3.  I think all three.
4.  53, but I ignored it.
5.  about the same age.
6.  Sob
7. Not this time. I had to ask my primary dr. for a referral.
8. PFT's.
9.  I guess it was the RT, was given 2 tests a month apart, and was only told that they came out the same.
10.  no.
11.   Proventil and Atrovent. 
12. Ashmacort.
13. Singulair 1x a day.
14.  I don't notice any difference between Accolate and Singulair.
15. No.
16. I was taking Advair for awhile, but I got a sore throat, shingles, thrush, and an infection in the esophagus. 
17.  Not this time.
18. Yes.  Liquid proventil and atrovent.
19.  No.
20.  Yes. sleeplessness, sometimes. 
21.  No.
22.  No.
23.  Tri-Care Prime.  At times,
24.  No.
25. Yes. Day or evening using my e-mail, and I will answer when I can.
26. I like this site, It has helped me a lot.
27. yes, In the process of quitting.
28.  Not as much as I like or need.
29. Doxyacline
30. No.

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1.  Sarah Woodby 1950, F
2.  Florida, jwoodby@embarqmail.com
2a.  not a caregiver
3.  Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Asthma
4.  58
5.  56 (I knew that something wasn't right, but I tried to ignore it)
6.  After being taken to hospital in Mar of 2008, having trouble breathing
7.  Yes
8.  Heart echo, lung tests looking for pulmo embolysim, PFT, stress test
9.  Hospital pulmo, and my pulmo - and yes, I think I understand my condition
10. I don't think so, but I have changed meds occasionally
11. Xopenex (4 X a day), nebulizer (4 X a day), Symbicort (2 X a day), Spiriva (1 X a day)
12. Asmanex, albuterol
13. Cardizem CD 120mg (1Xday), Alendronate 70mg (once a week), Naprozen 500mg (2Xday), Xopenex HFA 0.045mg(2 puffs a day), Symbicort 0.16/inh; 0.045mg/inh (2 puffs a day), Theophylline 200mg (2Xday), Ipratropuim Bromide & albuterol Sulfate 3mg inhalation(4 Xday), Prilosec 20mg (1Xday), Aspirin 81mg (1Xday), Vitamin D 1000iu(1Xday), Lisinopril/Hctz 20/25mg (1Xday), Spiriva 18mgc (1Xday), Prednisone 1mg (2 tablets once a day), Calcium 750mg (2 once a day), Ativan 1mg (2 3Xday), Guaifenesin 400mg (1 3Xday), Paxil 20mg 1 twice a day), Gabapentin 300mg (3 in AM, 2 at noon, 3 at PM), Vitamin E 400iu (1Xday)
14. Yes, see #13
15. .Lyrica and Prozac
16. Lyrica made me too dizzy, Prozac was too much for me.
17. Yes, after second hospital trip. (Dec 2008) In ICU for 9 days, total of 24 days in hospital. Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, and pulmo therapy.
18. Yes, see #13
19. No
20. I sleep too much
21. Medically Retired
22. Am still working with attorneys and Social Security for disability.
23. I will have COBRA in August.
24. No.
25. Yes, use my e-mail address in #2
26. N/A
27. Former smoker
28. Yes, treadmill - I try to do it daily
29. Levaquin
30. No.

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1. :  Frances Woodley, 1938, Female, New Jersey
2. :  No
3. :  Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema
4. :  63
5. :  57
6. :  sever shortness of breath
7. :  yes
8. :  chest xray, pft test
9. :  Respitory tech.
10. : no
11. : albuterol 200, and combivent200
12. : albuterol
13. : none
14. : advair, and singular
15. : no
16:  no
17. : no
18. : no
19. : no
20:  incontinence, sleeplessness
21. :
22. : no
23. : yes
24. : no
25. : question #2 answer
26:  none
27. : former
28. : yes
29. : none
30. : no

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1.  Janice Worden*, 1938, female
2.  Washington,  Anniedalaigh@aol.com
2a. not a caregiver...I'm the lunger
3.  Emphysema
4.  Probably 50-ish when the first doc mentioned "a touch of COPD"
5.  35 or so...although I called it asthma
6.  I can't remember, probably an asthma attack or bronchitis
7.  Eventually.
8.  That breathing into a tube and the needle goes up and down thing, the name of which I think may have been spirometer?
9.  An allergist, but the information was sketchy and again, he referred to asthma and allergies.
10.  No.
11.  Flovent, 2 puffs twice daily.  Serevent, 2 puffs twice daily.  Atrovent, 3 puffs 4 times a day.  Ventolin as needed.
12.  Azmacort.
13.  Lisinopril, 20 mg daily.  Pantoprazole, 40 mg daily.  Prednisone as needed for "flares".
14.  Theodur.
15.  No.
16.  I experienced rapid heart beat with both Theodur and Ventolin.  I rarely use Ventolin because of that.
17.  No re-hab, no exercise except mall walking, which is really funny
because we live on an island with no mall and no bridge to the mainland...so how am I going to do that?  (And, the doc knows where I live.)
18.  No nebulizer.
19.  Oxygen, 2 LPM, pretty much all the time except when I'm in the shower and sometimes in the evening during cocktail hour.
20.  I don't handle heat as well as I used to.
21.  I am retired.
22.  Not on disability. At the time I retired I was much more healthy.
23.  I belong to an HMO.  The coverage is good because my husband is a retired Federal employee.
24.  No surgery, for anything.  I'm your basic chicken.
25.  Yes, I'm available.  Email is the best.
26.  I believe that keeping a positive attitude in the face of this truly fun disease is extremely important...a sense of humor helps...loving family and a really supportive husband make my life much easier.
27.  Former smoker...30 stupid years...I quit in 1988 for the last time.
28.  If walking around the house is exercise, yes, I do climb the stairs and walk about the yard.  I'm hoping to start walking to the mailbox, about a block away, uphill going, now that the weather is better.
29.  Ciprofloxacin...even with the upset tummy.
30.  No.

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1.  Martha Worden, 1946, Female
2.  Michigan; mworden@riverview.net
3.  Emphysema
4.  53
5.  49 -- or maybe even earlier
6.   I was having brief spells of lightheadedness -- nothing severe, just irritating and potentially dangerous when driving or high climbing.
7.  No, not yet.  Depending upon the results of my next doctor's appointment, I may request a referral.
8.  A chest X-ray was the only initial test that the diagnosis was based upon.  After reading information on the Efforts Site, I made another appointment with the doctor, asked how advanced my condition was and suggested he send me for a pulmonary function test after he couldn't answer my questions.  He also ordered a blood gas (ABG) and wrote me a prescription for Combivent.
9.  The spirometry (I assume this is just another name for a pulmonary function test) was done by a respiratory therapist back in December of 1999.  This therapist gave me more information than anyone -- he explained where to get and how to use a peak flow meter to track my progress.  The only feedback from my doctor so far on the test results was a call from his office telling me he is prescribing Aerobid in addition to Combivent and to see him in the spring.  So far he has been of little help.
10.  If the spirometry is considered a pretest, then I guess I was.
11.  Combivent 14.7 grams, two puffs 4 times per day and Aerobid, two puffs 2 times per day.
12.  These are the first medications -- effectiveness undetermined.
13.  None for emphysema.
14.  Doesn't apply.
15.  No.
16.  The Combivent leaves me feeling absolutely wired.  It's difficult to concentrate and, although not visibly shaking, I feel as though I am.  I've stopped trying to do anything that requires competency for at least 1 hour after using it.
17.  No and No.
18.  No.
19.  No.
20.  I have a more difficult time breathing in hot, humid weather or near anyone wearing heavy perfumes.
21.  I'm retired, but busier than ever.
22.  No.
23.  So far our insurance has been sufficient.
24.  No.
25.  I am available at my email address and, although new to all of this, am willing to answer questions that may help someone else.
26.  Since retiring in 1997, I have been living in a rural, isolated area of northwestern Michigan so don't have a wide choice of doctors.  I only recently switched to the Internist I am now seeing, so suppose I should give him a fair chance at dealing with me.  But, I have found, like most of you, that he is of little help in assisting me to understand emphysema, what I can expect in the future as it progresses and what I can do to keep it from progressing.  Most of what I've learned has been on this and related Web sites.
27.  Former smoker --quit 8 years ago after 30 years of 1 - 1 1/2 packs a day.
28.  Yes.
29.  Haven't had need of one recently and don't remember what I took years ago.
30.  No.

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