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?