ABC's of Completing Chores with COPD

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Oct 3, 2017 8:12:29 PM

If you have been diagnosed with COPD, you have probably already had to make adjustments to your normal way of living to compensate for decreased energy levels. Chances are that if you have COPD, even the most commonplace activities can cause you to be short of breath and tire easily.

Household chores are a part of everyday life commonly overlooked by COPD patients. People do housework on a daily basis, and don’t give a second thought to what amount of energy things like vacuuming the house or doing laundry require. People with COPD do not have this luxury since they are already short of breath to begin with.

Learning how to strategically tackle common chores will help you budget your time to avoid exacerbation along with accomplishing the work you need to do to keep your home running smoothly. This will take planning, prioritizing, and possibly reorganizing your home and your daily life.

The ABCDE’s of COPD are easily understandable guidelines to help you conserve energy to accomplish what you need to get done daily!

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Topics: COPD

Tips for Better Sleep with COPD

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Sep 26, 2017 10:15:15 PM

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for progressive respiratory issues like emphysema. chronic bronchitis, and asthma. In addition to breathing problems, more than 50% of COPD patients have problems sleeping. Sleep interruption may be caused by COPD symptoms or it could be due to side effects of the medication prescribed for the condition. This is an issue that requires intervention by a physician because the effects on respiratory patients are more detrimental than on healthy people.

In a patient, the effect of sleep deprivation lessens an already affected quality of life. The odds of mortality are also significantly increased if the sleep disorder is not attended to. Due to damaged lung or blocked airways, a patient may experience difficulty breathing. In another instance, COPD may cause oxygen desaturation in the blood. Waking up constantly to take medication or to urinate may also cause one to feel drained in the morning. Here are a few things you can do to improve your sleep pattern.

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Topics: COPD, Sleep Apnea

Methods to Alleviate Cramping for COPD Patients

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Sep 19, 2017 6:55:21 AM

Many COPD patients experience painful cramping. These cramps can occur at any time but most often they happen at night while sleeping or after sitting still for an extended period. Patients have reported that these cramps affect the rib cage area, and often the hands, legs, and feet. These cramps can be extremely painful and doctors have been unable to find specific reasons for them.

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Topics: COPD, helpful hints

Differentiating Between COPD, Asthma, Emphysema and Bronchitis

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Sep 9, 2017 8:10:54 AM

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Topics: COPD, asthma, bronchitis

Share Your COPD Story: Suzy Garrison

Posted by Eden Coleman on Sep 7, 2017 3:51:32 PM

Receiving the news of being diagnosed with COPD can be a tough pill to swallow. Which may cause feelings of confusion, anger, depression, hoplessness, or a combination of any of these feelings.

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Topics: Share Your Story

Treatment Boosters for COPD

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Sep 5, 2017 10:50:42 AM


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Topics: COPD, COPD Treatment, nutrition

9 Tips for Avoiding Illness

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Aug 31, 2017 11:02:09 AM

Adults are likely to contract a cold or flu 2 to 4 times annually. Those affected may infect others up to one day before the symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick according to a report by the CDC.

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Topics: COPD, staying healthy, wellness

How to Exercise when You're on a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Posted by Peter Martin on Aug 28, 2017 10:44:48 AM

Tips on Exercising with an Oxygen Concentrator

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Topics: COPD, Exercise

Proper Use of Inhalers and Nebulizers

Posted by Peter Martin on Aug 24, 2017 12:12:54 PM

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Topics: COPD Treatment, inhalers, nebulizers

Stay Motivated to Keep Your Fitness Resolutions

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Feb 22, 2017 2:30:00 PM

At the beginning of the year millions make a commitment to stick to a fitness regimen. By the time February rolls around less than half are still working at their fitness goals.

And when diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it's vital to your overall health that you stick to your fitness goals and exercise regularly.

Hopefully you have worked with your physician or respiratory therapist to come up with a fitness plan and these are some strategies to help you stick to the plan throughout the year. February is also heart health month so keep that blood pumping!

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Topics: Exercise