Why do I get so out of breath carrying something ?

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  1. Janet Plank says:

    Barson, extra weight does slow a person down as well.
    Talk to your doctor about this at your next appt. Sooner if you are sick, running a temp, or have other symptoms. He/she may have thoughts on this, maybe it’s time to adjust meds or something else could be going on.

    Let us know how you are doing.
    Janet (site moderator)

  2. Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator says:

    We’re happy to be able to help, Barson.
    Leon (site moderator)

  3. Janet Plank says:

    Hi Barson

    I struggle when carrying and the weight can definitely affect copd. What I have found, for myself is that I often slouch and don’t keep my body as straight as when I’m empty handed. It’s good to try that for yourself. Also if you have 2 bags, balance them, carry one on each site. I have back problems and more so I do have to work around spasms, but do know that the straighter I keep my back, the straighter it keeps my airway, so it’s easier to breathe.

    If you find something else, please let us know.

    Janet Plank (site moderator)

  4. Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator says:

    Hi Barson and thanks for your post. While we cannot provide medical advice over the internet (for your own safety), your inquiry does warrant a comment. If you have COPD then you are probably aware that being short of breath (SOB) is one of the characteristic symptoms. Depending on the level of disease that you have, you may already have SOB when you are at rest. Any type of physical exertion, may exacerbate (or worsen) the shortness of breath you already have. In view of your concerns, I thought you might find it helpful to look over this article on that very subject: https://copd.net/symptoms/shortness-of-breath/. Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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