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talking with emphysema

Does anyone have trouble with their breathing and pressure and fatigue after talking? I was a big talker and now I can only talk for a few minutes as after speaking I am out of breath, have chest pressure, and feel fatigued. Sometimes the symptoms don't subside even after I rest awhile. Any thoughts? Thank you. Lynn

  1. My doctor has tried every inhaler and they help for awhile and then stop working. My problem is that my symptoms are severe, but my oxygen level is good. My Dr. said that happens sometimes.

    1. Hi whirledpeas and thanks for this comment. It's good to hear how effective pursed-lip breathing is for you. So many folks find it to be a 'godsend'. Your remark is 'spot on' - for many of us, pursed-lip breathing is the go to, non pharmaceutical solution for easing one's breathing when needed.
      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator

    2. Hi again, chris, and thanks for sharing your own personal experience managing this condition with the community.
      This type of input can be very beneficial for our community members.
      Leon (site moderator

  2. I had the same problem, so like David, I learned how to economize - "speak less-say more." It's distressing when you need to talk a lot (I was a teacher) but I decided to relax about it and try to adapt to the limitation. It was hard to deal with students at times without my big TEACHER VOICE and frankly, it was one of the reasons I retired.
    I used an experimental treatment program for COPD that eliminated most of the problems I had with breathlessness. Even though I still have some symptoms of COPD, I can talk as much as I want and I no longer use oxygen.

    1. I was testing metoprolol, which is a beta blocker, used for many years to treat blood pressure. I am still using it, both for blood pressure, and to improve lung function. I had measurably positive results in the study, but not enough subjects did. I tried Theophylline, but, though I did get a small amount of improvement, I had debilitating headaches, and had to stop after a month. I was very disappointed, because our daughter had used Theo-Dur as a child with good results for asthma. Thanks for the info.

    2. , I appreciate you sharing your experience with this! I would just like to add that it is important for everyone to discuss with their physician before trying any new treatments as they know you and your health best! All the best, Sam S. (, team member).

  3. Hi idsbs 24. Same same. Ex teacher/lecturer and loved the sound of my own voice. With end stage COPD and emphysema I simply have not got the breath. To begin with, around four years back I really grieved for my voice! Does that make sense? But .... I met an amazing priest who lost a lung after an accident but still preaches lengthy sermons. I asked him how he did it? He said "I am a man of measured words" I love that. He says less but means more. I so aspire to that. I hope you are still managing to speak I see the post is from last year, at least speaking with those that are close and support you. I have to say my wife secretly enjoys me saying less!! Hahaha.

    1. I do all of the above. And while I'm struggling with that I start stuttering. I was told I didn't get enough 02 and it caused me to start stuttering when I get winded.

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