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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...

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By Editorial Team - April 25, 2017
... these tips and tricks for getting your family to help with household cleaning. Talk About It Even if your illness allows you to do some of the housework, set expectations for your entire family to be involved. Start by talking...

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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...

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By Editorial Team - February 13, 2017
... weather conditions can trigger these symptoms and compromise breathing even further. In conjunction with breathing strategies, such as pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing, these suggestions, while sitting, may... feet spread/separated at a shoulder’s width apart. Use a wall to rest your hips on. Rest your hands on your thighs. Relax your shoulders, leaning forward slightly and now, dangle your arms in front of you. Standing...

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By Tonya Hidalgo - May 17, 2017
...It is no secret that anxiety goes hand in hand with COPD as symptoms worsen.  Once the shortness of breath, or dyspnea, becomes severe enough to cause fear, dealing with anxiety may not be far behind. It is not something that anyone wants in his/her life, but sometimes it is just the reality of the situation. The Circle of Anxiety The hard part of anxiety is breaking the circle. Let’s say that you have an episode of shortness of breath.  Then you...

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By John Bottrell, RRT - March 17, 2017
... ways of controlling your disease so you can breathe easier and live longer with it. A good tip for keeping track of all your pills is to purchase a pill box, and they only cost a few dollars, if that. Most COPD controller... inhalers only need to be taken twice a day, and a good tip is to get into the habit of taking them just prior to brushing your teeth. Oxygen is also considered a drug, so taking your medicine means wearing your oxygen exactly...

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By Kathi MacNaughton - March 15, 2017
... be able to save money on your prescription medications. Tips for Saving Money on Prescriptions Get free samples from your doctor.  Pharmaceutical sales people often leave samples of prescription medications with doctors... treatment plan. But any treatment plan needs to take into account the financial resources of the person being treated. Hopefully, you can use one or more of the tips in this post to fulfill your needs. ...

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By Editorial Team - March 9, 2017
...We heard an interesting question in our COPD community on Facebook recently, and wanted to share our experts’ answers on the topic with everyone. The question is: “I’ve heard that gentle manipulation by a chiropractor can be helpful for COPD patients, especially older people. What can you tell me about this?” See what our experts had to say, and add your two cents in the comments section below! Response from Leon...

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By Michelle Vincent - August 18, 2016
... health to others who were going through it too. I read many helpful articles and tips from experts. I feel part of a community which is good for the soul. Know that: You Are Not Alone. Be Easy on Yourself I’ve saved the most...

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