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Check in - Communicating with Strangers

Have you ever been out and about when a person—a stranger to you—stared at you and your supplemental oxygen? Were you asked, “Did you smoke?” Or, if you don’t use supplemental oxygen, has anybody ever watched you as you were coughing or working hard to …

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Thursday's Challenge - In Living Color

This one is familiar phrases, names & titles. Each answer contains the name of least 1 color. One additional challenge... the grid hasn't been marked, so let's use: - Rows: Top to Bottom are A thru G - Columns: Left to Right are 1 thru 5

Author: JeanO53
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Asthma/What am I missing?

As you know, we both suffer from the same annoying phlegm issue. I was lucky to connect with a renowned Atlanta pulmonologist and he diagnosed me with asthma right out of the gate. I challenged his diagnosis because of the persistent phlegm and after …

Author: mcat43
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Bpm 43 shortly after waking? Acceptable or cause for alarm

I've been worried about my heart for some time as all my readings, sp02, blood pressure, fluctuate quite wildy. The oximeter goes from 90 to 91 to 94 to 95 96 97 then back down all in seconds. It's never really stable as you see on YouTube demos. Heart …

Author: Norso
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I have a problem and questions with my Combivent Duo med inhaler!

I take Combivent for COPD which is an inhaler containing both Albuterol and Ipatropium Bromide. About 2 years back they changed it from aerosol to a non aerosol type inhaler. Now you must insert the cartridge yourself, turn the canister to reset each …

Author: Kayfabe
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Ready for a mid-week challenge?

D1 - One of my favorite shows! M on K, Monk!

Author: JeanO53
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No dicrotic notch oximeter

The dicrotic notch on the waveform on my oximeter is missing or if present very indistinct. Is that something anyone knows the reason for?

Author: Norso
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SP02 fluctuating: Why? Please help

I know I ask a lot of questions but Kirsten's (very good) article said we should if we dont understand... So here goes. My oximeter shows wildy different readings. Ive noticed when I first wake up it can be 91, 92 then hovers around 93 or 94... When I'm …

Author: Norso
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Inhaled Combo / LABA’s not agreeing with me.

I’ve been trying out a few inhaled meds lately on the guidance of my PCP. I need the LABA element for my SOB. Problem is they all seem to make me anxious and jittery even at low doses. I’ve recently tried one puff twice daily of Seretide Evohaler 50, …

Author: J.News
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Turmeric supplements

Ihave been reading about how good turmeric is for inflammation. How effective is it in helping with inflammation in copd patients?

Author: tlane
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Check in - Communicating with Family and Friends

Do you ever find yourself in a conversation with someone close to you, thinking, "That's not what I meant!" Getting others to understand what we are trying to say is not always easy. We’ve all had frustrating conversations when it seemed that no matter …

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I'm afraid for the first time in my life

Hi, I'm 39, 5"7 and about 15 stones (98kg ish, not been weighed for a while), I've smoked since I was 13, I recently got pneumonia and was given co-amoxiclav and prednisolone, i notmally get a chest infection once evry year and get Amoxicillin and it …

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WIM HOF method and COPD

I had a conversation with a guy who is uses this system regularly to maintain peak physical fitness .He suggested that this system would bring major improvements to the wellbeing of COPD patients.Well I did a google search to find out more about this Wim …

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3rd Covid Vaccine shot? Do corticosteroids = immunocompromised???

I've been suffering with COPD for over two (2) years and as part of my treatment regiment, I regularly take corticosteroids (I take a Wixela maintenance inhaler and occasionally will go on a Prednisone treatments, whenever I experience acute …

Author: Prest0n
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Please shed light on my Consultant findings

There are a number of things that affect the results of the test. If you had some type of allergies going on, how well you cooperated with the person giving the test. How experienced the person giving the test was, or how persistent they were in telling …

Author: Norso
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Check In - Let's talk about vaccines

I'm all in as well! For at least the last 15 years, I've had the flu vaccine and plan to get it again this fall. (I missed 1 year about 8 years ago and got miserably sick with the flu. Will never miss again.) I'm up to date with the pneumonia shots and …

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Susanng-I think I'm about to bite the bullet and spend $3000 + on an Inogen One G4

Hi. I'm still working on a solution to taking a vacation (starting July 24!) that will involve a 4 hr flight plus 2 hr drive to get to my hotel. (Someone else doing the driving.). I think I'm about to bite the bullet and spend $3000 + on an Inogen One G4 …

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PFT results questions

It looks as though you do have COPD. FVC is forced vital capacity and FEV1 is how much you can blow out in the first second of expiration; the last is the ratio between the two. All three are important. The FEV1 is the number we often use when we talk …

Author: TJHill
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confused

So back in March I had breatjing test with a pulmonary doctor. All kinds, one was in a enclosed space. He told me my breathing was fine. The CT Scan of my lungs said emphysemous background. When I ask about the findings on tje scan he said my lungs …

Author: Cathymo
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What do you do with shame?

Hi Kristen! Such an interesting topic. Shame is something that many of us learn in childhood. I have had my struggles with shame for many different reasons, real and imagined. Shame is not something that I find productive as an adult. It can hinder me …

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Do you know your movies???

C1 - Star Wars.. D1 - Sea Biscuit.. C3 - Much Ado About Nothing (Okay... I hear you Ed!! I'll start looking again. :-) )

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Cor Pulmonale in Mild COPD

A quick question for the medics. Is Cor Pulmonale see in mild COPD? Reason I ask is that I went for a 2 and a half hour strenuous mountain walk, after the walk I had a low level chest pain that felt like angina that lasted 2 days. I’m also fairly fit so …

Author: J.News
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Waiting for a diagnosis, feeling defeated

I'm 33 years old and I've been completely confused and depressed while waiting for a diagnosis. Just thought I'd share my story, mostly just to vent and see if anyone else can relate, but also to gain some insight into what seems like probable COPD. In …

Author: Jared C
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Has anyone used the Philips InCourage chest vibrator?

Has anyone used the Philips InCourage chest vibrator? Curious if it's had an effect on airway clearance?

Author: Dotster
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Is anyone else benefitting from a Hill Rom percussion vest?

I have had one also vest airway system but I didn't see where it helped me at all. Mine was covered by medicare a couple years ago. Yes it was covered cause of bronchiectasis diagnoses. Yes its Hill Rom.

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