clinical
By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT - February 13, 2018
...Pain management is an important part of treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), yet so often, the medical support system may overlook pain as an element of COPD. As we all know, COPD is a disease of the lungs. Although COPD doesn’t cause lung pain per se, it can cause chest pain due to factors such as coughing. Pain management strategies may be of benefit since both the struggle to breathe and the emotional anxiety of having...

living
By Kathi MacNaughton - February 6, 2018
...The approach to treatment of COPD will vary to some extent, based on what stage of COPD you are currently at. In this post, we’ll discuss some tips for people who are in the earliest stages of COPD on how to stay... have mild COPD don’t always find out in time to take the steps outlined above. But, if you have been diagnosed, then do what you can to put each of these tips into practice. I promise you that you will feel better...

living
By Janet Plank - February 5, 2018
...Whether you have COPD, or know someone who does, these 25 facts can open your eyes to the vast world of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 25 Tips & Factoids About COPD A lung doctor is called a pulmonologist. The #1...

living
By Michelle Vincent - October 24, 2017
...I used to wonder why anyone wouldn’t follow their doctor’s orders, but since being diagnosed with COPD I’ve done it myself. In part 1 of this article, I laid out a few of the reasons I think this happens, and I wanted to continue with a few more reasons I’ve found: Bad side-effects. I once gained 8 pounds in a single week. It wasn’t my ice cream habit – I swear – but because I was on Prednisone. When I’m...

spotlight
By Editorial Team - November 30, 2017
... times. Everything may become overwhelming, but try to keep it all in perspective. That goes for both of you: caregiver and patient… READ MORE Tips and Tricks for Tackling the Holidays By LB Herbert In a recent survey, 106...

living
By Editorial Team - July 9, 2017
... Tonya to continually push her mom to live each day as much as possible. They had many travel adventures together. Most often the trip would be to either Disney World or the beach, but there was one “bucket list”...; trip that Tonya knew her mom needed to take. They conquered Hawaii. The memories made during each trip are priceless. What inspired Tonya to write this book: Traveling with COPD was written to encourage others to get out...

clinical
By Kathi MacNaughton - January 17, 2018
... than we do about indoor air quality. Here are a few tips that can help you improve the air quality inside your home. 1. Reduce your allergens. If you also suffer from allergies or allergic asthma, then allergens can increase...

living
By Tonya Hidalgo - November 10, 2017
... on or wrapping around something that she didn’t see. Here are a few tips to tame the tangled mess. Coil It Up – Although you may sometimes need the full extension of the line, it could be easier to shorten the section you...

living
By Tonya Hidalgo - December 18, 2015
...Purchasing gifts for the holidays can be overwhelming for a healthy person.  Add COPD to the mix, and you have a really big shiny ball of… stress!  So how do you eliminate the stress.  Here are a few tips. 1. Start...

living
By Janet Plank - December 29, 2017
... it on the list and have to make a separate trip or go without. Monthly Wash oxygen concentrator filter (unless yours gets replaced). Replace furnace filter. Update your medical records, including prescription records. Do something...

living
By Theresa Cannizzaro - December 1, 2017
... of being exposed to the flu and other illnesses. Stay on top of your medications and COPD plan. Know what steps to take when/if your COPD starts to act up. Keep regular appointments with your doctor and have that open line...

living
By John Bottrell, RRT - June 14, 2017
.... The most effective breathing strategy involves inhaling slowly through your nose while your diaphragm moves down and your stomach out. You should exhale slowly through pursed lips while your diaphragm moves up and your stomach... into your mouth and create a seal using your lips. Exhale into the device. You will feel some resistance and vibrations when you exhale. This should be repeated ten times or until you feel you need to cough. Use one...

clinical
By Kathi MacNaughton - February 20, 2018
...COPD is a chronic, progressive illness, but you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible during each stage by following a treatment plan and making some lifestyle changes. For the purposes of treatment, COPD is classified into 4 different stages. In Stage 2, which is also called moderate COPD, symptoms are more apparent than in mild COPD. Lung function has deteriorated to the point where shortness of breath is more common, especially...

video
By Derek Cummings - October 5, 2017
.... Derek shares his experience with pollutants with COPD, and shares some tips for avoiding them! Do you have any tips for avoiding pollutants? Feel free to share them in the comments! The community is always appreciative...

spotlight
By Editorial Team - August 1, 2017
... for everyone to know that one can still live a fulfilling life despite COPD symptoms,! There are many tips that people in the community have learned after collective decades (maybe even centuries!) of living with COPD, so we... decided to make a point of talking about them this month! Would you join us by learning about new tips or sharing your own? If you want to be involved in this topic, also known as this month’s community spotlight...

answers
By Editorial Team - June 20, 2017
...There is so much to get used to when it comes to treating and managing COPD. One question that seems to come up in COPD circles quite often is: “What is a spacer, and how do I use one?” So, we asked our experts this question! Read on for their helpful answers… Response from John A spacer is a hollow device that attaches to the mouthpiece of a metered dose inhaler (MDI), such as an albuterol inhaler. There are couple correct ways...

living
By Kathi MacNaughton - February 22, 2017
.... I’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of your medications and to use them safely. Dos for Taking COPD Medications Do learn the names of each of your medications and what they are for. Do know when... be prescribing medicines that don’t “play” well with each other. Taking your medications the right way will help your health stay stable and will also help you avoid doctor visits or trips to the hospital...