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What has your COPD treatment experience been like?

Which medications, procedures, natural remedies, and other treatments have helped you? Which haven't?

  1. my problem is shortness of breath o2 level at 96 mornings are the worst

    1. , I am sorry to hear that shortness of breath is an issue for you, particularly in the mornings. Has your doctor ever discussed adding supplemental oxygen, maybe just in the morning, to give you some relief from the shortness of breath? I don't know if that would qualify or not but I am sorry to hear that mornings are hard! I wanted to share this article with you: https://copd.net/living/oxygen-levels-supplemental. Keep us posted, wishing you more gentle days ahead. ~Melanie (team member)


    2. Hi again doggy - and thanks for sharing this with the community. Other community members have expressed similar sentiments when it comes to feeling short of breath but maintaining a good oxygen saturation level so, you are definitely not alone in that regard! I see my colleague, , has already responded to your comment about this. She provided a link to a good reference article - I do hope you have an opportunity to look it over.
      In addition, we have a very suitable article, published here, on this very topic - feeling short of breath with a normal oxygen saturation. For your convenience, here is a link to it: https://copd.net/clinical/breathlessness-vs-oxygen-saturation. I do hope you find it to be helpful in a practical way.
      All the best,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

    1. Sorry! Now it posted three times. Yikes!

    2. Haha, no worries! I'm so glad to hear that the endobronchial valve was an effective treatment for you. Thank you for your detailed response and I hope you have a wonderful Monday! - John M. (COPD.net Team)

  2. i find COPD are real drain on just about everything , especially shopping day lugging bags of groceries up 16 stairs isn't much fun I'm 68yr old male in Australia getting cold here now so not only does hot smoky weather trigger symptoms but I'm finding the cold really hard to handle ,I live on 2 acres and find it near impossible doing jobs that I use to enjoy ,thanks take care all!


    1. Hi davoe, and thanks for clarifying that for us here. How are you feeling when your oxygen saturation level is between 90% and 94%? Do you maintain this level with or without supplemental oxygen in place? Wishing you well,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

    2. hi Leon that is my ox reading I am not on ox yet ,thank 4 your concern

  3. I'm currently using Arnuity ellipta... Previously on Breo Ellipta.... occasionally a rescue inhaler. I have a tank of compressed 02 which I've never used. Two 02 concentraters.... also rarely used. I eat rather well. Lots of fish, chicken, veggies, fruits, teas and ginger. Coffee everyday. Two cups. Smoothies every other day. I'm eating orange ruffy fish with Asian brown rice and tea as I type this. Having once been a strength athlete and arm wrestler I'm intimately acquainted with hard core exercises. Although COPD has abridged my gym intentions long since, I still hit the iron four days a week and I'm still capable of rigorous, uninterrupted workout sessions. I've found that when I relent and reduce my exertions, I start to rapidly lose ground. Hence the disciplined regularity of my workouts. I try to use medication minimally. So far, my dietary constraints, heavy regular workouts, midday naps and highly "modified" air in our home, seems to suffice.

    1. , wow, I am just getting to this post too. So you really have a well rounded routine going for sure- good diet, good exercise- that's great! ~Melanie (team member)

    2. you are an inspiration! The words that really stand out are "I've found that when I relent and reduce my exertions, I start to rapidly lose ground." This speaks volumes.
      Thank you for sharing you and COPD.
      Janet (site moderator)

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