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I am 69 years old, just diagnosed with COPD. I was diagnosed with Empty Sella Syndrome by an Endocrinologist in 1989, age 40. I have no working pituitary function. With any surgery, major or minor I go into an endocrine crisis requiring steroid therapy

By Anonymous May 3, 2018 - 5:45pm
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I also within the past 3-4 years required oral steroidswth a bout of pneumonia, bronchitis. This winter I had a virus requiring IV steroidal therapy and two hospitalizations. There was an X-ray taken on my first hospitalization . showing no COPD. Today I returned to the Dr. with the Chief Complaint of Bronchitis, sinusitis and sever cough, fever, chills and aching only at night. Daytime, minimal cough, but blowing and coughing up mucus of color. Decreased breath sounds in left lower lobe. Was given Breo inhaler and sent for CXR which showed pneumonia and COPD. WAS PUT ON Levaquin for 10 days told to continue Mucinex, which I have been using for almost two weeks. Have had pneumonia in the past several times and numerous bouts of bronchitis. Do. With Type II Diabestes about five years ago controlled with Metformin 1000 mg daily. For back surgeries, with fusion from S1 to C3. Last fusion 7 yearsago. What might happen as this progresses, what line of treatment should I expect? Is there a diet effective?

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing. There is no particular diet to follow other than a traditional sensible one - fresh fruit and veg, lean protein, good fiber and calcium. Eliminate as many processed foods as possible in lieu of fresh foods. Limit salt and sugar. This will also help with your Type 2 diabetes.

As far as your COPD, you will have to go with the flow (literally and figuratively). You may need steroids, depending on the kind of flare you have, or you may find that an inhaler suffices.

I also have COPD, I am in my 40s and generally see different flares at different times - primarily during winter months or in summer, in areas with unclean air conditioning ducts (eg; hotels). Each person will have their own triggers. I had to go from a log fire to a gas fireplace, for example. And I am very sensitive to air ducts.
Every flare is different so there is no set plan. You will need to take each flare of COPD as it comes.

May 3, 2018 - 6:13pm
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