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what oxygen level do I need to maintain while exercising

I was diagnosed with moderate COPD many years age. For the past 15 years I have walked on the treadmill 4miles a day at 3.5 miles per hour. But a recent hospitalization with pneumonia and pleural effusion has made it hard to do. I am using oxygen on the …

Author: DBerger
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Medicare and Cost of Inhalers

Hi Fabiana, we have a Better Breather's Club meeting tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) and I'll mention it and give your email address to anyone interested. I'm also presenting at a Breathe Strong Florida seminar Friday in the Clermont, FL area and will …

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How do you avoid cigarette smoke ?

I'm writing an article at the moment and wanted some experiences from other patients on how to avoid cigarette smoke and other irritants ?

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Do you ever regain 'proper' breathing after quitting smoking; and have COPD?

I'm so discouraged, frustrated and guess just mad that my breathing has seemed to get worse the longer I'm not smoking! I had such a COPD 'flair-up' on January 4th - I haven't had a cigarette since. Put on oxygen January 5th, which with the help of …

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Anyone a mouth breather, especially at night?

Simultaneous to using O2 during sleep, I've had a very bloated and gassy belly in the morning. Doc said it's because I'm swallowing air all night. Anyone with similar experience?

Author: dustybill
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COPD hospitalizations

I had reason to visit ER in the middle of the night a number of times until I learned how to control my triggers. The biggest problem was trying to control the panic of not being able to breathe which only made a bad situation worse. Driving to the ER …

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Spirometry results - Wath to do next?

I received today the result of the espriometry. I think I'm in the moderate stage with a 71% Feb. I only have a consultation with my CT from here for a month to show you the results. Should I be on medication right now? In fact, I do not feel the need …

Author: Prieto74
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"I Care" about a post

I recently discovered if you click on Care you will get a list of members who have read a particular post. Next to each name is a box containing either "Unfriend" or "Friend". I don't use facebook so maybe that is why I don't understand the purpose of …

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Have any of you had problems with changes in meds?

I started with a new Dr. recently, he did a complete blood screen, and we had a through discussion of my current status. He seems very pleasant, and a good listener. Aside from COPD and Arthritis, I frequently get up at night. I was taking 20mg …

Author: edpe77
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Does quick recovery from SOB and low O2 {87} mean trouble?

From what I understand the short dips like that are not bad but if I could easily avoid it or work around it, I would. Next time take a 1 or 2 min break to do some breathing half way through. Collect the wood, PLB for 2 mins then back in the house, that …

Author: edpe77
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Symbicort Question

I am experiencing an unusual amount of hoarseness. I have been taking Symbicort for more than a year without a problem. This is complicated by the fact that I have a rare vocal cord disorder called Spasmodic Dysphonia which is treated by botox injections …

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Extender with Medication Inhaler

https://youtu.be/Y9YRnDTNd4QThis video from COPD Foundation explains how to use a spacer with an MDI inhaler. For some reason it isn't including the link.

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cpap cleaner

Does anyone have info on using an ozone cleaner machine for cpap devices?

Author: Evie
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Hyper-inflated lungs

Hi everyone. My question is, is there a way I can keep my lungs from being over-inflated. And, I am wondering, does COPD make it difficult to loose weight? Thanks so much for your input. Tlane

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Whats our plan to get Respiratory Therapy service reimbursed by Medicare and Insurance for SNFs

Hi, Our most vulnerable population with COPD doesn't currently have access to respiratory therapist after hospital discharge to a skilled nursing center . CMS doesn't recognize the need for these residents to have access to RTs , they think nursing can …

Author: Buster1971
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REQUIRED READING FOR CAREGIVERS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS OF LUNG DISEASE PATIENTS.

I MEAN IT!I WANT YOU TO READ THIS AND UNDERSTAND IT AND TALK TO YOUR PATIENT ABOUT IT! Over the years, I have written about a lot of subjects related to COPD, lung disease of other kinds, and the processes that the patients and their caregivers …

Author: Uncle Jim
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Is stage one of COPD hard to diagnose?

COPD stage one

Author: Barb5858
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Supplemental Oxygen: How do you know if you need that?

I would like to know whether I need oxygen supplementation. I feel short of breath when I climb some stairs. I have bronchiectasis. What are the tests that should be done for me? How do you know if I need oxygen for sleep, exertion, and traveling by …

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Can my mother recover from pneumonia and how long will it take?

My 62 mother was put into ICU 4 day ago because her CO2 levels was way to high. She has stage 4 COPD and was diagnosis with pneumonia in her right lung. She has made improvements in the last 4 days and they have tried to take her off life support but her …

Author: Mrjp6389
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Musical Therapy: COPD and Harmonicas

I am musician but only play for myself. along with helping with our breathing it also can be a sort of meditation I find it reduces my anxiety. I can't play mine like I used to at all but I do pick it up a few times each week. Music is also a great thing …

Author: Janina K
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Longterm effects

My dad has stage 4 copd. He was a heavy smoker for many years and I know his low oxygen levels have affected his body other than the obvious lung issues. What would be other signs that there has been a history of oxygen deprivation that maybe wouldn't …

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Why get hand shakes more some days than others?

I get shaky hands - from meds - but some days it is much worse than others & I just don't understand it

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Does the change of seasons affect anyone's breathing?

Sob when bending over, getting out of car or rushing. Feel good 98% of the day.

Author: dustybill
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Medication

Has anyone used Duaklir? I think it is a relatively new medication in Canada. I started using it about 6 months ago and find it works really well.

Author: Ronniecol
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Why would I have low oxygen levels when I've already been told it's not sleep apnea?

I'm a 35 yr old non smoker & non drinker. My pcp sent me for a sleep study & called me today to tell me that I don't have sleep apnea but my oxygen levels dropped dangerously low & wants a pulmonary specialist to see me. He said it could be stress & …

Author: Auddie415
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