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New kid on the block.

I am new to this, so I hardly know where to start. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother ....relatively healthy family but I have COPD. It's a burden. COPD has limited my life in ways I never imagined. Sound familiar?

I am feeling the need to reach out on this site. I need to learn about my disease and how I can help myself help my family.

  1. welcome. I'm fairly new to the site myself. He will find that we are all in this together. These people are awesome. They will help you so much as they have me. Stay strong

    1. Hi again, Rosemary - it's great to see your continued engagement with our online community! We do appreciate all your comments - like this welcome note for . Your kind words are very sweet!
      Leon (site moderator

  2. Where would we be without the information highway right?
    Welcome and chime in often.
    We can learn from all that visit here.
    Who would of thought pickle juice would be a inexpensive treatment for rib cramps? You never know what you will learn on this site. Cross thread posting points awarded?
    Lol 😅. Stay cool & well.

    1. That is a kicker, Intruder - there have been several different remedies for rib cramps and other pains and aches that may be associated with COPD, noted here in the community. As it turns out, we've heard the pickle juice solution from several different member's posts. We've also heard anecdotal solutions like mustard, bananas, magnesium, and tonic water to name a few.
      Naturally, it's always a good idea to run these ideas past one's own physician before trying any of them. One of my own specialty physicians (for another disease), suggested the tonic water to me. I was amazed it worked!
      As you said - the information highway and network we have (both here and on our COPD Facebook platform), have provided a wealth of these types of atypical experiences.
      Where do we sign up for that points program? 😎
      Leon (site moderator

  3. Hi, ! I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to the community. My grandmother had COPD, and she never had an interest in learning about computers, etc. I wonder what it would have been like for her if she had access to communities like this one, especially when she was homebound. Please know that we are always here for you, whether you visit all the time or just occasionally! You don't have to go through it alone. Hopefully we can be a good resource. Take care and talk to you soon. 😀 -Melissa, team

    1. ,
      Welcome to the community! First thing I did when I got my diagnosis is read everything I could find on COPD. Not all of it pertained to me at the time, but just having the knowledge is important for future understanding. Learn about the medications, the inhalers, the flare ups, etc., and get a good pulmonologist. I pretty much learned on the fly. Kind of how it seems to have to be. Until you experience things with COPD, there is no way to know how you will react or how you will deal with each and every situation. You will experience shortness of breath, flare ups, coughing up mucus, being tired, having problems sleeping at times, just to name a few. Reading as much as you can about COPD is a good place to start. This community is really helpful, and members will do their respective best to answer your questions. Most answers will be from their own experiences. Take care and let us know if you have any more questions.

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