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

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

What Happens When You Drink Alcohol with COPD?

Posted by Eden Coleman on Feb 8, 2017 12:59:56 PM


So you want to take the edge off of your daily management of COPD with your favorite alcoholic beverage? But are unsure if it will affect your symptoms of COPD? Or even if it's safe to drink alcohol with COPD?

Here’s the deal:

We’ve personally received quite a bit of requests and have also seen many of you on online COPD support forms ask “is it safe to consume alcohol when diagnosed with COPD?”

And today we are going to provide you with the necessary education on the matter, so you can be prepared to talk to your doctor about drinking with COPD. We cannot stress enough how important it is that you first consult with your doctor to see if moderate consumption of your favorite adult beverage is safe.

Just like smoking is damaging to your COPD, consumption of alcohol can also be damaging to your respiratory disease as well.

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Topics: COPD, Alcohol and COPD

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

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

The Official Guide to Exercising with COPD

Posted by Eden Coleman on Sep 14, 2016 4:53:17 PM

Did you know that pushing yourself to exercise within reasonable limits can actually help to manage and improve the quality of your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Upon a COPD diagnosis, your entire life is flipped upside down. What you may have thought was attributed to aging, has been diagnosed as a full fledged respiratory disease.

As COPD affects your lungs, causing scarring, inflammation, and an excess production of mucus that makes it increasingly difficult for your lungs to absorb oxygen.

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Topics: COPD, Exercise