8 COPD Pain Management Techniques You Need to Know

Posted by Eden Coleman on Jan 23, 2017 2:48:58 PM

Unfortunately with a COPD diagnosis, comes a whole myriad of new symptoms that you will have to learn to manage, or else your quality of life and overall COPD will suffer.

You need to stay on top of managing your COPD related symptoms, fitness levels, and ensuring you are maintaining a healthy weight. But that’s not all, another important aspect of COPD management that is often overlooked is pain management.

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Topics: COPD, Pain Management

COPD Hobbies: Start Improving Your Quality of Life Today

Posted by Eden Coleman on Jan 5, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Just because you have a COPD diagnosis doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy your favorite hobbies and activities any longer. Unfortunately the symptoms of COPD, such as shortness of breath, excess mucus production, and fatigue frequently prevent patients just like you from doing their most enjoyed hobbies.

But by looking at your favorite hobbies as a fond memory that you are no longer able to do, you are increasing your risk of developing mental health conditions, specifically depression.

Sure COPD and its related symptoms can prevent you from doing everything you once enjoyed, but it certainly doesn’t mean all hobbies are out of the question.  

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Topics: COPD, Exercise

Share Your COPD Story: Jerry Few

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Jan 4, 2017 2:33:50 PM

Coal and coal mining has had a long and storied history both here in the US and abroad. Coal has been continuously used as a source of heat and fuel since antiquity.

The Romans excavated surface coal deposits as early as the 2nd century A.D. and there is even some evidence that cave people burned coal as a means of heat.

In this country, the Hopi used coal for heat and cooking as far back as the 1300’s. Commercial coal mining began in the early 18th century on the Atlantic seaboard and eventually spread east into the Appalachians and across the west.

Today, you will hear a story unlike anyother we have published! Jerry Few shares his story with both COPD and the black lung.

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Topics: Share Your Story

The Importance of Changing Your Nasal Cannula

Posted by Eden Coleman on Dec 12, 2016 4:12:21 PM

When you have received a COPD diagnosis, it is often followed by a prescription for medical grade oxygen.

You are left feeling overwhelmed with a wealth of new knowledge you must retain. With COPD you may have a need for supplemental medical grade oxygen. Medical grade oxygen treatment is typically delivered through a tube with two nasal prongs. This is better known as a nasal cannula.

Nasal cannulas are designed to be inserted into your nostrils and attached to your portable or home oxygen concentrator. Meaning they become dirty very quickly and regularly. So you need to make it a top priority to regularly replace and clean your nasal cannulas.

Reading COPD forums and blogs, there are countless patients saying something along the lines of “my oxygen provider tells me to only change my nasal cannula after I’ve had a respiratory infection, such as a cold.” Or “with regular cleaning you should only replace your nasal cannula 1-2 times a month.”

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Topics: COPD Treatment, Nasal Cannulas

Share Your COPD Story: Stacey

Posted by Eden Coleman on Nov 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM

 

Today we are excited to bring you the personal COPD story of Stacey, a dedicated professional wrestler and trainer. Stacey has been wrestling for over 30 years, but also picked up the unfortunate habit of smoking. 

Her dedication helped push her to finally quit the cancer stick, but unfortunately it was too late, as 5 months after quitting she was diagnosed with COPD.

You'll be hearing from Stacey to see exactly how she manages her respiratory disease by consistently maintaining a positive outlook and making lifestyle adjustments.

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Topics: Share Your Story

Share Your COPD Story: Patrick Wolohan

Posted by Eden Coleman on Oct 31, 2016 2:54:18 PM

Welcome back to Share Your COPD Story :) 

Today you will be hearing the story of Patrick Wolohan, who's faced an uphill battle with his health since he was born with Pulmonary Hypertension and a congenital heart defect.

Despite the odds he has faced, Patrick doesn't allow his declining health to control his life. Instead, he turns to meditation, self improvement workshops, friends, family, and God to help him accept his unfortunate circumstances and make peace with himself, both mentally and emotionally.

In the words of Patrick "Embracing and loving yourself may seem really hard and it was for me. It's really about making peace with what you have. I know people who have a much harder go in life than myself."

It's now time for Patrick to take over.. 

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Topics: Share Your Story

Share Your COPD Story: Eileen Ryan

Posted by Eden Coleman on Oct 27, 2016 3:06:37 PM

I am ecstatic to bring you the latest addition of Share Your COPD Story.

Today you will hear the story of Eileen Ryan, from the get go you will learn how Eileen has managed to not allow COPD to control her life through proper disease management.

The biggest thing you will notice while reading Eileen's story is just how incredibly optimistic she is. Despite having the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, COPD.

Once a nurse, Eileen became a patient and eventually received a COPD diagnosis due to her unfortunate decision to smoke.

But Eileen has made adjustments in her life that include quitting smoking and making the treatment of her COPD her number 1 priority.

It's now time to hear from Eileen: 

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Topics: Share Your Story

Weather and COPD: How to Combat the Devastating Consequences

Posted by Eden Coleman on Oct 20, 2016 1:16:03 PM

Now that summer has been wrapped up and we are in the middle of autumn, meaning winter isn’t that far away. When diagnosed with a chronic respiratory disease such as COPD, weather conditions can have a huge impact on your symptoms, as well as the way you manage/treat those symptoms.

Patients, especially those recently diagnosed, are often unaware of the impact both cold and hot weather can have on their felt symptoms. As well as the similarities and differences between the affects of cold and hot weather in regard to their symptoms.

Weather changes are apart of the many factors that can trigger and exacerbate COPD symptoms, specifically, shortness of breath, cough, mucus production, as well as fatigue. Cold air, warm air, humidity, and wind can all exacerbate these symptoms.

No matter the weather conditions, you need to be extremely vigilant about how specific weather conditions affect your COPD symptoms. While taking the necessary actions to combat the affects of weather. If this is a concern of yours, which it should be, you have come to the right place.

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Topics: COPD, COPD Treatment, COPD Exacerbations

How to Choose the Perfect CPAP Mask for You

Posted by Eden Coleman on Oct 5, 2016 4:03:56 PM

According to the Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans are diagnosed with sleep apnea.

If you are apart of those more than 18 million Americans to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, your next step will be to pursue treatment.

Typically this will begin with the prescription for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment device. If you are confused on the different PAP machines available, check out our article CPAP vs. BiPAP: Defining the Differences.

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Topics: Sleep Apnea

Share Your COPD Story: Anne Berry

Posted by Eden Coleman on Oct 3, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Today we are excited to share Anne Berry's story with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD.

Anne wasn't one to site back and let life pass her by. Instead, she was frequently at the gym lifting weights or enjoying a nice walk on days she wasn't at the gym. Anne was still able to make fitness a priority despite having a full time job at the post office.

She even pursued her dream of attending film school in LA. But unfortunately, due to her decision to smoke cigarettes she was diagnosed with COPD 10 years ago.

I'll now pass it over to Anne to share the rest of her story with COPD.

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Topics: Share Your Story