David Millar

David Millar

Hi everyone, I'm David and live in Stoke on Trent in England. I've recently started to investigate possible treatments etc for COPD which are not particularly "mainstream" as I've been sadly disappointed with the treatments I've had so far from our NHS (although I feel I must say the National Health Service here in England has helped me many times, even through cancer).  I hope I'll be able to learn a little more from sources such as this one. Kind regards,

3 hours ago

Ashok PLB

Ashok PLBanswered the question COPD & Exercise

No, thankfully I am not on supplementary oxygen. Just use the pulse oximeter to ensure my SpO2 stays above 90%. That fall really whacked me up. Got a persistent pain in the right side of the ribcage. I am having scoliosis. Probably a rib has cracked. …

6 hours ago

Kandy State Captain of South Dakota

Kandy State Captain of South Dakota answered the question Resources for diet

Aspiration can cause pneumonia. My pulmo is a fanatic about this. Have to be very careful. They do have swallowing tests. In Sept when was in the hospital I had a swallowing coach to do swallowing exercises.

7 hours ago

Ms DV

Ms DVanswered the question Zephyr Valve

LizG, I am sorry your Mom is not bouncing back as fast as you hoped. It takes time though. I have researched the Zephyr valve on line as you can do also. There is certain criteria that has to be met to see if one is a candidate for the procedure. Read …

9 hours ago

LizG

LizGasked the question: Zephyr Valve

My mom has Stage 4 COPD with a recent hospitalization for an exacerbation and seems to not be bouncing back as I hoped. Iโ€™m wondering if anyone has any info on this Zephyr Valve procedure? I found it while doing some Google research. Any info is …

9 hours ago

Jimmy S

Jimmy S

10 hours ago

Jimmy S

Jimmy SMost of the important things in the world have been accomplished by
people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.  Hope for a Cure.

10 hours ago

Joe

Joe answered the question Newly diagnosed, scared, and don't understand results/numbers?

I'm not a doctor. Are you sure about the numbers that you posted, they seem off? FEV1 is a measure of how much air your lungs blow out after a forceful expiration within the first second (Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 Sec). 95% means you are blowing 95% …

11 hours ago

Joe

Joe answered the question Confused? Advice please

I'm not a doctor and best to get advice from a good one. You're 24 years old so the chances of you having COPD are extremely low, especially since there were no symptoms before these chest infections. If it were me I would make an appointment with a …

11 hours ago

Sofie

Sofie

Depressed

16 hours ago

edpe77

edpe77answered the question Inhaler Costs

Depending on your income/assets, many companies offer free or low cost options. While I can afford the co-pays, both of my inhalers are $800/90day supply, meaning you are in the doughnut hole by the 3rd quarter. A good place to start is on GooDRx. Type …

19 hours ago

thor159

thor159

I like to listen to the police/sheriff/fire and rescue scanner in the background at night.


An interesting call that came in was a 60 year old male on Oxygen was lighting up a cigarette  and the O2 helped speed up the process. It was rated as a higher priority call due to the burns.

19 hours ago

edpe77

edpe77answered the question What are your COPDCOPE'ing tips?

After looking into various solutions to tangled O2 tubing, I tried the dryer. That is put the tube into a mesh bag {I used a shirt} and put int a dryer for 10 min. Remove and extend to its full length for awhile. I then coiled it into a large. say 1 …

19 hours ago

Shortleg

Shortleg

Hi! I was โ€œfriendedโ€ by you? Sorry, new to this and not on any social media. Reached out on this forum due to recent diagnosis of brochiectasis.

21 hours ago

Nana1833

Nana1833asked the question: Inhaler Costs

I was diagnosed with COPD a year ago and am on two inhalers, Spiriva and Arnuity. I am on Medicare and copays under Part D are very expensive. Coupons donโ€™t apply to those on Medicare. Is there anything in process to encourage manufacturers to reduce …

22 hours ago

zania

zaniaanswered the question Resources for diet

Take a look at the COPD educational materials on this site to find good information on the best eating plans for us. Small meals definitely help me, too.

1 day ago

zania

zaniaanswered the question Confused? Advice please

Welcome indeed! You've come to a friendly place. In addition to all the good suggestions you've already found here, I want to point out the good reading, research and educational material on COPD you'll find on this site. I've also found it helpful to …

1 day ago

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