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Oxygen need

I know that oxygen itself is not addictive. However, following a severe exacerbation after the Tx ice storm, I feel I have developed a habit of thinking I need it when I do not. My sat level will be 97-98 when I take it, but in my thinking I need oxygen. …

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Unscramble the COPD Related Terms

How about a new puzzle? Sharpen your pencils and print this page out I created this to go along with our Newly Diagnosed topic of the month. The left side has the letters to unscramble. If you want more of a challenge, try to unscramble them without …

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How to keep oxygen levels up?

I keep my resting o2 between 89-92 and typically remove and hang below chin until I move. Some people keep theres higher, 94-5ish. You should not be wearing o2 above that. Theres a lot of information on the topic, some confusing and some contested. …

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Medication without spacers…

I’m in pulmonary rehab and we were told patients only get approximately “20% of the inhaled medication without using a spacer”! That’s a drastic reduction, and even if it’s a higher percentage for some of us, it’s certainly not close to 90 or 100 %. Per …

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Quick drop in oxygen levels.

Is it normal to have a sudden drop in oxygen levels, like down from high 90's to 70's within minutes without exertion? Are there any suggested questions for my doctor? My stress test was normal even though my heart rate stays very high.

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What do you know about breathing?

Years ago I was taking my written driver's license test.The question asked how should your wheels be aligned, while waiting to complete a left turn. The answer was obvious - straight ahead. Later I was waiting to turn onto my street, sure enough, my …

Author: edpe77
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Check in – Stressing about testing? Learn more about what COPD testing involves to calm your fears

No stress about testing these I would rather feel better if they did do these tests so I know where I stand. A lot of times I remind them of needing one or should be doing one. Sometimes the drs. forget too.

Author: Bret99
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What's an exacerbation?

Prior to actually experiencing an exacerbation, and reading posts here, I often wondered "were those serious SOB's" an exacerbation's? Well, now I know, they weren't! I've had 2 exacerbation's in the last 2 years, both different, both disabling, and both …

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how well do you know your books?

B2 - Animal Farm.. A4 - Catcher in the Rye.. A2 - The Sun Also Rises

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Ever experienced an exasperation?

They come in all forms. For many years I never understood the word - till I had one. Yes I had SOB incidents, {wondering in the back of my mind, was that an exasperation?},but nothing like an exasperation - they are serious breathing issues. Just got …

Author: edpe77
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How Much Do You Know About Bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung disease that causes the tubes (airways/bronchial tubes) that carry air to the lung(s) to become widened, scarred, and inflamed from mucus pooling in the lungs. Bronchiectasis is more common in women than men and affects …

Author: Bret99
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Whacked out

Thank you so much for your time Jean, Blair and edpe.. Very useful indeed and with plenty for me to work on. I need to change things. Fatigue and all it's pointless manifestations are a particular nightmare to me and the absolute antithesis of who I am, …

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Newly diagnosed with emphysema at 24

whateverman......Don't Smoke--Did you see a Pulmonologist??-If not -see one. Again-Don't Smoke-nothing good will come from smoking!!! You're young-that's good--Keep boxing---and stuff!!

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Check in – Have you seen the COPD patient-track mobile app…?

Well… here we are, at the end of April. Over the course of this month, we’ve taken the My COPD Action Plan quiz, talked about triggers and early warning signs, and learned about next steps to be empowered to better manage your COPD at home. Today let’s …

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I’m cured….No- But Moving in right direction.

Hi Everyone, I first want to thank all of you who have been following my high strung, impulsive tendencies on this site. I’m learning about me and finally accepting me and proud I quit smoking. What’s so interesting is when I was smoking I had less …

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Has anyone tried Breztri vs Spiriva

Has anyone tried the Brestri, what do you think of it. Dr perscribed this one to replaced my Spiriva and symbicort?

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Inexpensive reliable spirometer?

My pulmonologist asked for a referral/recommendation of reliable inexpensive personal spirometers that can provide accurate FEV1 readings. Anyone with suggestions and websites where they can be purchased? Thanks. HIcop www.hawaiicopd.org

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Check in – Asthma: Facts or Myths?

Today is World Asthma Day! Although you, or someone you care about, has COPD, part of what we do here on the Wednesday Check in, is to learn about other health conditions that have something in common with COPD. Today we’re going to look at asthma. It …

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How Can I Learn about NTM Lung Disease?

We usually think about breathing hazards in our environment in the form of smoke and fumes. But did you know that for people who are at risk, nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease is caused by exposure to mycobacteria found in soil and water? …

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Check in – Not all COPD is the same?

Hi Jane....Another good "check-in". My FEV1 is 60. Not so bad but I also have some chronic bronchitis which can create some problems from time to time. Gives me some trouble with excess mucus when it flares up-happily not that often. I also have GERD …

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All About COPD - A Crossword Puzzle

I don’t know if you like crosswords as much as I do, but I have created one that is All About COPD! Our emphasis this month is sharing information with those who are newly diagnosed with COPD. Jane and I have posted some information this week detailing …

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Does anyone experience a "hollow" feeling near the adam's apple?

I feel good, no sob and no cough etc;. I have for the past few days a hollow like sensation in my throat. weird. Doc thinks I'm imaging symptoms!!!!!

Author: dustybill
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Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (BLVR)

Has anyone had the procedure, Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (BLVR)?

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After Fev1, what are the most important numbers to consider on PFT results, and what do they mean?

I have had a lot of PFT's over my lifetime, and have never had a doctor explain the results. All I know is from my own limited research and websites like this. So......after Fev1 what do I need to be looking at and what is it telling me?

Author: mpowers
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Unable to recover

Hi Eddie. I don't have an answer either. Time to call your Dr and tell him/her what's going on. Sounds kinda like a mini exacerbation-if there is such a thing!! Try not to panic--it doesn't help--you did recover so that's good. Hang in there. Hope you …

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