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chattey2

orlando, Florida
I am a 64yr old white female.  Diagnosed with  moderate-severe emphysema 2 yrs ago.  I was quite surprised because I had given up smoking 23yrs previously. I was also an avid tennis player playing 3-4x's a week and race walking on the offf days. I had no symptoms of shortness of breath. I was becoming more fatigued at the end of the match but marked it up to age and heat( I live in FL). My bras were becoming tighter, I marked it up to weight gain. I lost 10lbs but felt... Full Bio
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Birthday: April 16
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Weight: 145 lbs.
 

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I am a 64yr old white female.  Diagnosed with  moderate-severe emphysema 2 yrs ago.  I was quite surprised because I had given up smoking 23yrs previously. I was also an avid tennis player playing 3-4x's a week and race walking on the offf days.

I had no symptoms of shortness of breath. I was becoming more fatigued at the end of the match but marked it up to age and heat( I live in FL). My bras were becoming tighter, I marked it up to weight gain. I lost 10lbs but felt my waiste expanding.  One day, in the middle of playing tennis, I felt my lungs unable to open.  I went to my family DR. that day and he listened and X-rayed my lungs and gave me a clean bill of health and gave me a sample of Advair.  The next day,  I recieved the diagnosis from a pulminologists-a ratio of 44% and a SPO2=96%.

I felt my life was over -blah-blah=blah!

I am back to playing tennis!  Thank God for pursed lip breathing, drugs, family and a understanding tennis partner.

It is not easy! I don't play at the same level, but I do play competively on a ladies tennis team 2x's a week.  I continue to race walk but at a slower pace.

My drug regimen is spiriva, 250mg advair 2x and on the days I play tennis I  nebulize with xopenex pregame.

I am not an O2 user but have been wondering about its pros/cons if used during a game.   Taking a "hit " now and then from the concentrator.

Would it be beneficial to more energetic play.  Would it be healthy?  What is out there?  What are others who play tennis doing?