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

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