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Check-in -- Where Did You Grow Up?

Hello Friends, How are you doing today? I hope you’re having a goodbreathing day. Some of you may already know me. I’m a respiratory therapist andwriter and I’ve been working for the COPD Foundation as the Assistant Directorof Education since 2011. I …

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Swollen foot

my right foot was twisted in a fall 4 months ago and swelled up. I iced it and eventually the swelling went down. It is swelling again now by evening. Does it have anything to do with cold?

Author: bayroad22
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My deep breaths feel restricted and I cannot understand why? Does anyone else feel like this?

Okay I previously posted a similar question a while ago but would like to possibly see if anyone else is in a similar situation as myself but before I get into the details I would like to explain a little about myself. I am currently a 22 year old white …

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stem cell therapy?

Does stem cell therapy work or is it a scam?

Author: karinjean
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What is best mask with copd for covid

https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/continuing-cov... This is about a new study on mask usage and mask type effectiveness. There are issues with gaps around the mask. "If you have a mask on, it's not a perfect shield," Cameron said. "You still have …

Author: Evie
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PFT Report

Hi, I just had my second PFT test yesterday. I asked for a copy. I do not understand the results. Can someone please explain this to me

Author: PamK
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What happens after you start oxygen with copd is there a time limit for how long I have left

My mother in law has copd an has recently started oxygen use an is wondering what is next an if it means she has a limited amount of time left to live she isn't sure of the stage she is in or has entered

Author: AngelaT.
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What is a plethysmograph?

Below is an abridged Wikipedia description. We've all used one during our Pulmo function test. Very interesting discussion for those that are just a little curious. I got curious about this because of my new oximeter {described elsewhere} has one for …

Author: edpe77
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Can you over due O2?

Hack, You mentioned earlier that you exerted yourself and got into trouble with your breathing, feeling like you had to really dial up your oxygen flow. Something that helps a lot when you're exerting is to do pursed-lips breathing. It really helps so …

Author: hack
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Good Days - Bad Days

Hello Friends, How are you doing today? Today’s Wednesday check-in comes from me, Jane Martin. I’ll be filling in for Stephanie for a couple weeks and maybe stopping in after that, too. Are you having a good breathing day – a “good air” day, or a “bad …

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How to encourage productive coughing to clear mucus

I am a family member of someone with stage 3 COPD. I worry she is nearing stage 4 very soon. My question and concern is around her very high mucus production and her constant small unproductive coughs which sound like she is drowning in mucus, but I have …

Author: Maebur
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Is it really necessary to have a machine if you have been diagnosed with mild sleep apnea?

I have been diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and copd. I tried that cpap machine and cannot handle it.

Author: Cailey
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Interest in Support Group Call

I hope it's not too late. I would be very interested. I would be open to either web, or telephone, or both. I'm new here as we just moved at the end of March. I was at Better Breathers, and had friends and counsel at our previous home.

Author: PDeNardo
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CO2 Retention

What is being referenced here is called the Hypoxic Drive. It is a very old idea with deep roots and no evidence to support it. Many people believe in the Hypoxic Drive and just as many don't. Hypoxic Drive theory, believes that a high flow of oxygen …

Author: PamR
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Should I be getting regular scans

I am looking for some advice to see if my GP is following correct action I am 36 and had a CT scan in 2018 on a broken shoulder. On this CT it was picked up I have mild emphysema which was unusual due to my age. I did smoke but not long term. since this …

Author: Df2400
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What Steps Are Folks Taking to Prepare For Emergencies, Evacuations and Power Outages?

Here and now is a good place to write steps you have/will take to prepare for emergencies, evacuations and power outages, as prevention seems a lot better than having to be in crisis mode.

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COPD and Air Travel—What Should Be Considered?

So many of us with COPD have loved ones spread across this wonderful world and/or places we want to see, events we want/need to attend. Often flying is one of the fastest ways (sometimes the only way) of getting between distances. What should be kept in …

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Holiday Travel and COPD

Hi Everyone, The holiday season is upon us which means more travel to see loved ones. Are you going anywhere this year? Do you have any advice or tips on traveling with oxygen? Do you have any general tips for traveling with COPD? On a side note: The …

Author: Janina K
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How do you find the bright side.

Hi Obiron - I think Dave and Jean IA have given you great suggestions. Reaching out for help is the first important step. Then you will have to follow through. There is no one who can do this for you, but there are those who are trained to do this with …

Author: Obiron
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How does wearing a mask affect your COPD?

How does wearing a mask affect your COPD? Many of my patients are refusing to wear masks because they claim they cannot breath with a mask.

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Dizziness-Does anyone out there have dizziness?

Does anyone out there have dizziness - it happens when I take a smoke but now I notice I can’t even take 2 beer it feels like 4 and I get extremely drunk

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Has anyone tried apple cider vinegar?

I use Mothers Vinegar to gargle. It seems to help even better that regular cider vinegar.  You can find it in most grocery stores with any problem.

Author: dustybill
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Will you share your experiences with being hospitalized for COPD?

I am working on planning a program that aims to help reduce the likelihood that COPD patients will land in the hospital and if you do end up in the hospital, reduce the likelihood that you will have to go back. Please help us understand more about the …

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i am so dizzy will my meds help with that

dr said it was up to me to take meds i am stage 2 meds make me more dizzier but it helps to breath sprivia gives me a head ache and sore throat

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Spiriva Respimat and Symbicort 160 Together?

I was diagnosed with COPD 2 1/2 yrs ago and have been on just Spiriva Respimat and occasional Ventolin HFA (this one as needed only). This past week my pulmonary doctor added Symbicort 160 to take 2 puffs twice a day since I was having a little wheezing …

Author: Jennie54
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