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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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Turmeric supplements

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

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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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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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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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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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Pulmonary Vest Options?

Co-insurance for a Pulmonary Vest is unaffordable. Are there any options? Such as Foundations? Grants or buying used? I have limited resources and am trying to develop information from others in the same situations or that can address tthese needs. …

Author: rightlobo
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Can someone tell me if any of the respiratory therapy vests work for clearing the mucous

Wanting to know if vests work for clearing mucous in advanced COPD patients and is it covered by insurance and/or medicare? Where do we begin to try to get one for my mother?

Author: jamesalj
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Best Medicare Options with COPD

I will be 65 this August (God willing!) and am wondering about all this talk of Medicare- Presently I am covered with California state medi-cal program - For those with limited income. (social security is my only source) I do not pay for insurance, I …

Author: Cameo
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InCourage vest for copd?

My local doc is encouraging me to try this vest that apparently pounds on you to help get out the mucus. It's previously primarily been used for cystic fybrosis patients. My VA docs don't think it is necessary because I'm still able to cough up what crud …

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Having Kitchen Painted

My husband is going to be sanding and painting our kitchen walls and cabinets. What precautions should I take? Any suggestions would be a

Author: PamK
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Check in - Are You Keeping Track?

I have done the same as Ed with a spreadsheet but stopped entering the data months ago. I think I will start doing it again. I have one of those marble looking Composition Books that I keep for notes and questions for the doc's. I leave room between the …

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Ready for an update to my tubing control method?

My O2 supplier delivered supplies this morning. He was impressed with my split loom setup to reduce trip hazards. and how I loop the tube thru the concentrator handle to prevent pulling the tube off of the concentrator. I printed out my instruction sheet …

Author: edpe77
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What COPD Activities are YOU Involved in Locally?

There's still time to sign up for our 15th annual COPD Education Day held on Friday, 9/10/2021 , from 9:30-noon Hawaii Standard Time (that means 3:30-5, Eastern Daylight TIme). More information is on our website, 15th Annual COPD Education Day–Friday, …

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PFT and new pulmonologist

Just out of curiosity, have you seen a good therapist to be evaluated for anxiety? If you can rule that out, and I think a good therapist could, or would know someone who could, then your wife wouldn't have anything to point to and you could spend your …

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