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Check in—The My COPD Action Plan—An interview with Caroline

As part of the Patients as Partners Webinar, Caroline Gainer and I talked about her experience with the My COPD Action Plan. COPD Foundation Educational Materials Caroline has COPD, she is a COPD Foundation State Captain, and lives in West Virginia. …

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Check in— What is an Allergy Tracker Diary?

This month the COPD Foundation focused on asthma, allergies, and other things in our environment that can trigger breathing problems. Here’s what we’ve talked about so far here on the Wednesday Check-in for May. Asthma and COPD are common obstructive …

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How do you cope with bronchiectasies?

Hi, how are you? I published a post some weeks ago because of my problems with mucus clearance and bronchial hypersecretion and people here suggested that my problem could be related with bronchiectasies. Despite the fact that my ct-scan doesn't show …

Author: damonllo
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Nasal Spray as Antiviral?

I have recently been reading about a new nasal spray developed in Israel called Enovid SaNOtize that is supposed to help dramatically reduce viruses both preventative and in treating mild cases of covid and other viruse. One or more commenters …

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Mom has COPD, will an O2 concentrator help?

Yes, I agree there are many aspects that need to be considered before buying a POC. It is best to discuss with her current pulmonologist and oxygen supplier. It is always also good to do your own research. This is a helpful article about choosing POCs, …

Author: radgirl
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What's going to happen to my mom?

https://www.copdfoundation.org/About-Us/What-We-Do... Dara - I'm glad that you reached out to us. Did you know that we have an Information Line that's staffed by trained patients and caregivers? The suggestions that you've already received are great, …

Author: Dara284
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Non traditional therapies

Anyone have noticable results with CBD? How about Hypertronic saline treatments with your nebulizer?

Author: Azpott
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My Mom has the end stage of COPD - can someone help me

I am the caregiver for my Mom. She is 59 and has the end stage of COPD. She also has Emphysema. She is on Oxygen 24/7 now. She gets winded when she just walks to the kitchen. Her hands shake really bad. Showering exhausts her. She is not eating as much …

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Check in – Not all COPD is the same?

This post was coauthored by Jane Martin, RT and Kristen Szymonik BS, RRT, AE-C Last week we talked about how the lungs are supposed to work and what goes wrong when you have COPD. We learned that COPD may affect the condition of your bronchial airways …

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Check in – Are you Getting the Most Possible Benefit from your Inhaled Medications?

This post was coauthored by Jane Martin, RT and Kristen Szymonik BS, RRT, AE-C Happy February! Throughout this month the COPD Foundation will be talking about how you can get the most from your COPD therapies. You might be thinking, “Okay, I take my …

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Check in – What’s Your Global Perspective on Tobacco?

This post was coauthored by Jane Martin, RT and Kristen Szymonik BS, RRT, AE-C As you know, exposure to tobacco smoke and other inhaled toxic particles and gases are the main causes of COPD. Last week we talked about air quality around the world and …

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theophylline: has anyone ever use

Yes I have for many years. My pulmo did stop it at one time but I felt like it needed it. Yes I had blood tests also as it can have a toxicity if the levels are to high. .

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Anyone diagnosed with CPFE (Combined Pulmonary Fibrosis with Emphysema)?

My dad was diagnosed with severe copd for the last 10years then he had bad exacerbation last March, at first the doctor's diagnosis was pnuemonia and he gave IV antibiotics but refused to give steriods, thinking this might aggravate his pnuemonia, …

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Check in— The Allergy Asthma Connection

Last week we talked about asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS), and how some individuals with COPD may also have asthma. Today we’re going to look at how asthma sometimes has another connection—to allergies. Let’s start by looking at what allergies are. …

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Check in - What is Rare Disease Day?

This post was coauthored by Jane Martin, RT and Kristen Szymonik BS, RRT, AE-C Welcome to this special "Rare Disease Day" edition of the Wednesday Check in (yes, I know it's Monday - don't worry, you didn't lose two days!). Yesterday, more than 200 …

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Check in - Do you know what you should know about Medicare Open Enrollment, 2021?

This post was coauthored by Jane Martin, RT and Kristen Szymonik BS, RRT, AE-C Medicare Open Enrollment starts this Friday, October 15, 2021! Maybe you're already on Medicare, or maybe you're getting ready to enroll for the first time. Either way, it's …

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Check in – How much do you know about your comorbidities?

This post was coauthored by Jane Martin, RT and Kristen Szymonik BS, RRT, AE-C If you have COPD, you know that it is a disease involving the lungs. But did you know that it's common for people with COPD to also have other chronic health disorders that …

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Do your asthma symptoms get worse with stress? Don't worry, breathe easy...

Did you know that your emotions or stress can sometimes contribute to a flare-up or make asthma symptoms worse? Stress or other strong emotions can cause changes in the body, including faster breathing which may trigger asthma and make breathing more …

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​What is OSA COPD Overlap Syndrome?

This post was coauthored by Jane Martin, RT and Kristen Szymonik, BS, RRT, AE-C See your doctor if you’re having trouble sleeping and not waking up feeling rested. It would seem simple enough—you’re tired, you put on your pajamas, fall into bed, and …

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Is my diagnosis accurate to my results?

I think your pulmo isn't sure. The thing I saw in your test result that argues against asthma is that you have very little response to albuterol or whatever treatment you got between tests in the spirometry test you had; that says more COPD than asthma. …

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Asthma From a Patient’s Perspective: The Cough That Wouldn’t Quit.

Hi Kristen... Thanks for your post. My story is different. I had no problems breathing as a kid. Unfortunately I started smoking at around 13-14 years old and didn't quit until 4 years ago when I was 66. I was diagnosed with a "little" COPD in my early …

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SmartVest

Did anyone try SmartVest Airway Clearance System. If you did please let us know effective this is.

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How many liters of Oxygen when exercising?

What is the maximum liters of Oxygen allowed when exercising? I know when at rest the max is 6lpm, I stand corrected though, but how about when the patient is exercising, how much oxygen can I give? thanks in advance for any inputs!!!

Author: chubsy
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Have you thought about the COPD triggers in your home?

Not sure if its, correlated but its all I can think of as nothing else has changed. They recently decided to renovate my apt complex to remove all carpeting and install hardwood flooring, plus new W&Ds etc. I was temporarily relocated to another apt …

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Reviews on Inogen products?

My aunt is having respiratory issues nowadays, and I have been told to buy her an Inogen concentrators, just wanted to know if its worth the price and if its providing quality devices or not? Is there any option to get a discount off the purchase form …

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