RedSox

RedSoxanswered the question 79 year old father diagnosed with COPD..

hi I think your father needs a three way check 1) CT Scan 2) Pulmonary Function Test/ Spirometry 3) Cocluslive diagn

2 minutes ago

Daine

Dainecommented onUnique Team Helps this COPD Readmissions Reduction Program Get Positive Outcomes

 I thrive on reviewing different successful models of what we do! Congratulations on your success and thank you for sharing some great tools for successfully achieving better outcomes! You are correct, it takes a village, whose villagers have their...

1 hour ago

Genebean

Genebean

Goodmorn to everybody.  Hope today turns out to be good for all of you. For those who got things to go out and do, take your time,  get yourself together and be into the day, for those stayin in, take the day and try to take it easy and relax. Good day to all of you.

5 hours ago

Heather-Susan

Heather-Susan

I have COPD which I was diagnosed with 8 years ago and am on oxygen as only one of my lungs is working to full capacity....I quit smoking 10 years ago, something I didn't think I would ever be able to do.  Just this year I can now stay off the oxygen if I'm just sitting around doing nothing and my oxygen level stays between 88-92.  I have to have my oxygen on when moving....I go to the gym 3 times a week and use the treadmill and walk at a brisk pace for 40 minutes then do a bit of core work...I'm on Spriva and Serevent don't really know if they do much good....hope everyone is having a great day/evening

7 hours ago

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  • CarolineKeep on going to the gym and doing the core work.  Have you discussed the fact that you do not know whether or not the inhalers are working?  Do you see a pulmonologist?1 hour ago
  • clipper (Debbie) - NJ State Captain I agree with Caroline, you should discuss your inhalers with a pulmonologist. If these are not working well for you there are other options. 

    I also agree that exercise is very important. That is wonderful that you go to a gym.  If you can, go 4 times a week, more is better if it is possible.  In addition to core go for a well balanced strength training routine. Since you go to a gym you will have access to all sorts of equipment, take advantage of it. Ask one of the trainers to help you out.  A trainer will be able to guide and instruct you. And of course, very important that you run this past your doctors first. 




    As we age we naturally lose muscle mass. The problem is compounded for us by our COPD and the muscle wasting associated with it. A good strength/resistance routine will help to offset the impact that has. I have found that having half way decent strength makes living a lot easier. 50 minutes ago
Barry1314

Barry1314

Hi everyone,


I have just come across this site and was hoping you could share some advice........My mother has very recently been diagnosed with COPD - She was a smoker until 2 years ago, she is currently 62 years old. I currently live in Australia and my mother in the UK. I have been frantically reading material online around improved diets, vitamins etc and I just thought I'd ask the forum if anyone can suggest the best vitamins/antioxidants?


Also, does anyone recommend Chinese medicine/acupuncture?


My sincere thanks in advance 


Barry 

9 hours ago

Ben A

Ben A

Tomorrow is my all afternoon PFT.  You folks have generally reassured me that it's not that bad, but I've got to admit that spending the first more-than-half of the day completely un-medicated has me worried.  I've noticed that if I shower before I do my morning meds I have a hard time and end up SOB.  How the .... am I supposed to function and get to the doctor's office in the afternoon without either morning caffeine or my Breo/Incruse/Ventolin?


Oh well.  I'll get through it one way or another.  But wish me luck anyway....

13 hours ago

Spouse

Spouse

I have a follow up question to my question about using a hospital bed or recliner: Has anyone used a wedge? My husband tried one we had but he found it very uncomfortable. A gentlemen in his pulmonary rehab group said that he and his wife use wedges and they found them to be very helpful. What is your experience with using them? If you like them, which ones do you recommend? Your responses have been very helpful.

16 hours ago

Gina Bradshaw-Arkansas State Captain

Gina Bradshaw-Arkansas State Captain answered the question Combining inhalers

I take Spiriva and Breo every morning. My weakness is because I alsways overdo it. I also have depression and fibromyalgia that adds to my symptoms. I wish you luck.

16 hours ago

Gina Bradshaw-Arkansas State Captain

Gina Bradshaw-Arkansas State Captain commented onIs COPD the Third or Fourth Leading Cause of Death?

 Thank you for posting. I was wondering that. It’s still sad though. ...

17 hours ago

Tracie Sullivan COPDF Staff

Tracie Sullivan COPDF StaffNot fluffy fridays yet but I had to post this adorable picture of how cute Annie the beagle looks like today! She loves snuggling!

21 hours ago

Whylene McCray

Whylene McCrayanswered the question Salt Inhalers for COPD

RE: using salt to gargle. My ER Dr.suggested I use something different to gargle. with because prolonged use, could send up my blood pressure.

22 hours ago

Stephanie Williams, RRT

Stephanie Williams, RRT

I don't know how many of you might have an Amazon Echo, but I just found that it has a skill that you might find interesting. I spend many hours a day sitting, either in front of my computer or in the car and sometimes I think it would feel great to get a big stretch. Well, today I found Chair Yoga. It only takes about 6 or 7 minutes, and it is done completely in a chair.
I was thinking that some of you are wondering what kind of excercises you can do if you don't have the ability to walk very far, or don't have a lot of endurance. Ask your doctor about something like chair yoga or even a chair Tai Chi. These are gentle movements that help you focus on your breathing, and are great to use those muscles and maybe build up to something else.
Just remember to check with your doctor before starting ( I have to say that) ☺

23 hours ago

PDeNardo

PDeNardo

Just received a FDA press release regarding a high blood pressure drug, Valsartan. A voluntary recall due to impurities.I am aware that this is not a COPD drug but many of us are on hp medications also. https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/UCM613532.htm?utm_campaign=Untitled%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua


1 day ago

Kanzalone

Kanzalonecommented onIs COPD the Third or Fourth Leading Cause of Death?

 Tracie, Thanks for this detailed explanation, appreciate the information. ...

1 day ago

AlinPerry

AlinPerryanswered the question Salt Inhalers for COPD

I have a Elephant salt lamp and I gargle with sea salt every day. It clears my throat especially on these hot days

1 day ago

Caroline

Carolineanswered the question What exactly is mild emphysematous changes ?

I hope that Kandy sees this post and responds because she has kept COPD at bay for over 15 years. I was diagnosed with severe asthma and moderate COPD. I have actually improved my lot over the past year. I have eaten well, gotten enough rest, and …

1 day ago

FrontierCal

FrontierCal

I’m caring for older parents.   Can someone recommend cleaners and sanitizers for the home that won’t  trigger a reaction ?  

1 day ago

Tracie Sullivan COPDF Staff

Tracie Sullivan COPDF Staffcommented onIs COPD the Third or Fourth Leading Cause of Death?

 Great article to check out an learn more about why COPD has moved to the fourth leading cause of death...

1 day ago

Fabiana Talbot

Fabiana Talbotadded a new article Is COPD the Third or Fourth Leading Cause of Death?

Have you noticed that in some places COPD is the third leading cause of death and some say it is the fourth? This may leave you wondering, which one is it? Early this year, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released its “Mortality in the United States” data report, moving COPD from the third to the fourth leading cause of death based on early findings of death data for 2016. This report showed that preventable and accidental deaths are now the third leading cause of death, having risen 10% percent in 2016. Thus technically, it is correct to say that COPD is now the fourth leading cause of death as of 2016.

What is included in the category...

1 day ago

edpe77

edpe77

,Dr. Kieth Roach answered a question today about bronchiectasis, and closed with this comment.


Pulmonary physical therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation are useful and probably underutilized for bronchiectasis.


ed

1 day ago

Xeon

Xeon

Thanks for your post.  The one about pursed mouth breathing is really helping me.  Thanks again

1 day ago

Well-Wishers  State Captain for PA

Well-Wishers State Captain for PAanswered the question Combining inhalers

This combination of Inhalers is not really common (common as we see). You are doubling the Anticholinergic as Jean mentioned. Perhaps the Breo Ellipta combined with the Combivent would be a suggestion to ask about. Or maybe you could use an Albuterol MDI …

1 day ago

Whylene McCray

Whylene McCrayanswered the question Has anyone had experience with "CT Guided Biopsy?"

I took the biopsy,it wasn't bad at all.. I was I was given a dosage by the anesthesiologist.. Talk to your Drs..and create your team.. talk and discuss fears,options,W or W/O contrast.. pet scans,blood counts. The American Cancer Society guy was my …

2 days ago

Whylene McCray

Whylene McCrayanswered the question COPD or Cancer?

Good Morning and welcome.. I was diagnosed with both,i took Radiation Therapy for the Lung Cancer.. and it was successful.. I am working also with my COPD.. and Diabetes...so you are in the right place.. Here you will be able to educate yourself …

2 days ago

RedSox

RedSoxasked the question: What exactly is mild emphysematous changes ?

Second visit to my Pulmonologist and when I asked him head on .' My CT Scan said Mild Emphysema what do you see ? His reply was It was emphysematous changes you have a small hole in your lung ????? which means it is mild and very controllable you will be …

2 days ago

clipper (Debbie) - NJ State Captain

clipper (Debbie) - NJ State Captain answered the question COPD or Cancer?

I think the CT lung scan will give you the answers you are looking for. Also a pulmonologist should be more knowledgeable when it comes to inhalers. There are different classes of medications, there are options.

2 days ago

Well-Wishers  State Captain for PA

Well-Wishers State Captain for PAanswered the question COPD or Cancer?

Roberta, hang in there. I would anticipate that a Pulmonologist will repeat the tests to get a more definitive idea of your Lung function. Possibly they may repeat the Alpha testing as well, as sometimes the tests are not conducted to detect all variants …

2 days ago

Kristen Willard

Kristen WillardToday marks Gimlet’s 8-month adoptaversary. Thank you for always being so supportive of us!

2 days ago

Roberta W.

Roberta W.asked the question: COPD or Cancer?

Hello! I am 37 and newly diagnosed with COPD, though my dr. does not know why I have it. I never smoked and I don't have the Alpha-1 gene. We have tried two inhalers and they only make my feel worse and give me bad tachycardia. I have almost constant, …

2 days ago

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