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Methacholine Challenge

Putting aside patients with COPD who may also have allergic asthma, do people with JUST COPD such as chronic bronchitis, fail (react) to the methacholine challenge? Im assuming not since a patient failing that challenge positively points to an asthma …

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Clear Lungs supplements

Hi JohnU1, Mucinex is often recommended for those who have excess mucus that they are having trouble coughing out. Many people find that it works well for them. I looked at the Ridgecrest Clear Lungs ingredients, and I don't know if this supplement …

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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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Emphysema, and near perfect PFT

I am a petite 68 year old woman. About ten years ago in the ER I was told I had Emphysema via a chest x-ray and a diagnosis of hyper inflated lungs. I made an appt. with a pulmonologist, had 3 or 4 PFT within the span of two years, all were normal, CT …

Author: Jazzybean
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How do you manage the anxiety?

Any tips on dealing with the anxiety and depression? I spend all day thinking about my breathing. Is it getting worse? Are these feelings of breathlessness in my mind? I’m in a spiral I cannot seem to get out of. I’m seeing my Doctor today for guidance. …

Author: RedPower
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Is wheezing a common symptom?

Hi everyone! My wheezing has ramped up over the last few days. I have never had asthma but I do have emphysematous changes in one of my lungs and early background COPD changes. I find wheezing very stressful. Is it something you all live with every day …

Author: RedPower
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Symptoms getting worse

hi Ive only been diagnosed about 3 months and at the time i only really noticed shortness of breath going up hills. I haven't really had any other symptoms. 4 months on i have shortness of breath most of the time , sitting still, lying down, walking etc …

Author: Cornwall5
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Pain at base of ribs

I’m so depressed. I have had some pain under my ribs for a few months that comes and goes (left and right, front and on both sides). I just assumed it was to do with my GERD and have been waiting a few weeks to see my Dr to get a referral to a gastro. …

Author: RedPower
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Just was told in ER last night I have severe emphysema. I'm scared.

Hello, I hope I'm in the right place. I'm a 34 year old man. Quit smoking cigarettes on June 1st 2019. Started at the age of 16. So, 17-18 years of smoking. Picked up vaping instead in June. I quit vaping yesterday. I went to the ER last night because …

Author: Z.Dean
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COPD and Blood Pressure?

I am SO confused.... For the bulk of my life, my blood pressure has been utterly steady and boring.  120/80, no matter what else was happening with my body. In January, when I began seeing this new FP doctor, my resting blood pressure was …

Author: Ben A
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Trelegy Issues With Heart Pounding

@Richard DJ - you wrote: "I no longer have to take a blood thinner, like Eliquis". To not give the impression that an ablation means you can stop drugs, below is one overview from the StopAfib forum on that topic. "Some are able to stop a blood thinner …

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Do my CT scan results mean I have COPD?

Posted this on the wall then realised there is a questions section. Sorry for the duplication… I’m so glad I’ve found this site - I’ve been reading lots of supportive messages and fantastic advice. I’m not sure how to feel tbh. I have multiple ground …

Author: RedPower
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Issue exercising with mild chronic bronchitis

Hi there everyone. I live in a hilly area. Every time I attempt to go for a simple walk, the huffing and puffing from all the hills really starts making a lot of mucus and obstruction in my airways. I then feel short of breath and my inhaler with spacer …

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CoPay Support for Inhalers

I'm afraid that Karen's right, aliingreenvalley. Medicare Advantage Plans are possible because the Federal gov't created them back in the early 80s to give people an alternative to standard insurance. My parents belonged to the one that was one of the …

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SOB

My elderly mum has COPD and the last 4 months has been on a constant merry go round of steroids. Her stats are now above 90 but still exhausted by SOB and I can’t get her to find the energy to leave the house. Any ideas people, I’m new to this forum

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COPD Exacerbation /Theophylline

This is difficult to write. A week ago I was in ER for what was diagnosed as a COPD exacerbation. I’m unable to get a pulmonologist appt. for 1.5 months so saw my PCP. Was put on O2 for nighttime use, iprat/albuteral nebulizer 4x/day, 40mg Prednisone & …

Author: Elie
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COPD Breathing Device PEP Buddy

Yes, Jean IA... longer exhales are always good! PEP Buddy helps you optimize - get the most benefit possible - from exhalation. Basically, this device helps you do a better job of what you aim to do every day - get as much stale air out of your lungs as …

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It’s me again. Update from my PCP. So discouraging.

Since you found a pulmonologist who was able to fit you in to his/her schedule, if you like the MD, ask if the MD if they have a GP they can refer you to. That’s how I go my awesome GP, a referral from my pulmonologist!

Author: jarr2329
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What is the best split adjustable bed?.

I find that going from sleeping flat to sitting/getting up makes my oxygen level plummet. When I sleep in the easy chair I don’t experience the plummet but rather I stay at good oxy level. I want to sleep with my spouse, so I’m looking for the best split …

Author: Laura Dee
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Burping and Respiratory Issues

Hi, I am under investigation for respiratory issues which I have had for around two year or may be even more but it is first now when it impacts daily life that testing to find the reason began. one wierd thing is that breathingdifficulty is associated …

Author: sixty six
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So scared, diagnosed in the ER

A peak flow meter administered by non-professional is pretty much next to useless and will not give you any honest information. A better purchase would be a pulse oximeter at this stage. What you need to do is get your anxiety in check, quit vaping and …

Author: jarr2329
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Caring for a sick parent...

Hi All. currently assisting with care of and visiting a sick 86 year old parent with double pneumonia and heart failure who is in hospital... I'm assisting / visiting 4 to 8 hours a day... I have mild COPD aged 53 and have had pneumonia vaccine... This …

Author: 1fatfanny
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Symbicort Dosage

Diagged with COPD around 14 yrs ago and given the usual Spiriva/Symbicort meds. When i learned that Symbicort is a Sterroid, I decided to limit my intake of that to ONE puff morning & evening.and have been doing perfectly well on that. Taking it easy I …

Author: Tel
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Do inhalers lose their effectiveness?

I have been on two inhalers (spiriva and symbicort (now breyna)) for 8 to 9 years. They just don't seem to be as effective now compared to the past. Is this normal or has my COPD progressed to a point that it may just not be as effective?

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Reflux can this cause breathing issues? Can’t get a answer from gp

hi I have a question that I can’t find any update information on and the groups online that I’m on are all saying different advice so I’m coming to you lot if that is okay? as you know from my previous post I’ve been having some breathing issues with …

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