Tuesday, February 16, 2010

COPD and Emphysema Treatments that Work

My mother was diagnosed with emphysema and COPD over 5 years ago. She began the usual emphysema treatment regimen and the COPD treatment regimen that all emphysema and COPD patients are prescribed. This emphysema treatment regimen and the COPD treatment regimen included albuterol sulfate, Advair™, Spiriva™ and regular prescriptions for prednisone and antibiotics to treat inflammation and the secondary infections that often occur with COPD and emphysema.

All of the components of the emphysema treatment regimen and the
COPD treatment regimen seemed to work to varying degrees at the beginning however, the disease continued to progress. My mother had stopped smoking and still the disease  progressed. The doctors said that smoking had caused the emphysema and COPD yet even after quitting the disease worsened at a steady pace.

During 2005 I noticed that she was given 3 prescriptions for prednisone and 7 prescriptions for antibiotics and her condition worsened at an accelerated rate. The progression of the disease seemed to advance at a steady pace until that year. I began to wonder,

“is the emphysema treatment and the
COPD treatment causing her emphysema and COPD to progress? Could the emphysema treatment and the COPD treatment that were designed to slow the progression of COPD and emphysema actually be making it worse?”

That was hard to believe since the emphysema treatment regimen and the
COPD treatment regimen had gone through vigorous clinical trials and been approved by the FDA as medications that would slow the progression of COPD and emphysema. Was it just a coincidence that the emphysema treatment regimen and the COPD treatment regimen were present and emphysema and COPD just at that stage where it was overtaking her ability to fight it off?

As each component of the emphysema treatment and the
COPD treatment stopped working my mother one by one refused to use them. First the albuterol sulfate stopped working so the doctor changed it to DuoNeb™ which was albuterol sulfate with ipratropium bromide, the same medication that is active in Combivent™. Next the Spiriva™ quit working and last the Advair™ stopped working for her. These major components of the emphysema treatment regimen and the COPD treatment regimen were no longer effective for treating her emphysema and COPD.

I decided I had to solve the mystery of why
COPD and emphysema were getting worse without smoking in the picture and figure out why most of the components of the emphysema treatment and the COPD treatment were no longer working for her. The doctors didn’t seem to know and that worried me more than the progression of her emphysema and COPD did. I realized there was no where to go for answers. It would have to rely on extensive research on both emphysema and COPD and each component of the emphysema treatment regimen and the COPD treatment regimen.

The doctors had told me that there was no cure for emphysema and
COPD and I watched as the medications designed to slow the progress of the disease stopped working. We truly had a serious problem and the task at hand seemed insurmountable but I persisted anyway researching every night without fail since my mother’s life depended on it.

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