Should I join a support group for people with emphysema?


Emphysema can be an incredibly frustrating disease. It may prevent you from doing things you love, and it might be difficult for your loved ones to understand what you're going through. You may find it helpful to join a support group for people who are suffering from emphysema. Not only will you be able to connect with people who can relate to what you are going through, but they also might be able to give you insight into new treatment options or different ways of handling your disease. If you are interested in joining a support group, contact the American Lung Association to find one near you.

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Emphysema is difficulty breathing due to air trapped in the lung, resulting in reduced lung capacity. Smoking is usually the cause, as it damages the linings of the air sacs in the lungs making them close. This leads to areas of t...

rapped air in your lungs. Other causes may include coal dust and other pollutants. Your lungs enlarge to compensate, but there are limits to this. Treatment may be medical and include oxygen support, medication and respiratory therapy. Of course stopping smoking is always recommended. Surgical treatment by cutting out damaged portions of the lungs and reducing lung volume is also effective.

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