Which side is more comfortable to sleep on for you?

When a person with COPD sleeps laying down which side is more comfortable to sleep on for you ? I have worked on this same theory for 3 years now. I need information from people who have felt the slow progression of this condition.


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  • dizzy
    9 months ago

    I’m in the end stage 3. I have found that sleeping on my left side is ok. But if I roll over to my right side instantly I can’t breath. Something new has started with me. When I wake up I have to run to the bathroom because I have to start like throwing up liquid from my lungs.Its just clear and full of tiny bubble’s and it’s probably about a 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid. I don’t know why it is happening. I’m to nervous to go find out. All it’s going to be is bad news.

  • shwifter author
    7 months ago

    Hi dizzy just wanted to touch base with you again about your response. I didn’t really want to publish my theory yet until I came up with more of a general consensus on what’s going on. I know how working constantly with not much success can be demoralizing. And I have been working frantically for the past month trying to find a more effective way of helping move things through the intestines, and the left kidney which usually always fails over the right one. If you feel up to it maybe you may want to try a few extra things while that gose along with starting on your left side. I don’t want to over stress you. Of not I may be able to give you some helpful info to bring up with you doctor.

  • shwifter author
    9 months ago

    If you can’t lay on your right side yet that’s ok. The main focus should be breathing while on the left side in a comfortable position. I think breathing is most important if you notice when you breath when you exhale out you rest. And it takes effort to take the next breath. Do some slow normal breathing exercises but as you exhale don’t pause to take the next breath for a minute on and off or what ever is comfortable. This I think works the pump in the intestines and they almost have to be primed like one. Also as you lay on your left side you slowly want to stretch to bring your abdomen back up into place. Then slowly Begin to straighten back out eventually rolling on to your back. It’s a very slow process. That you have to work on all the time especially the breathing. I believe the blockage starts right under the heart I think everyone remembers having sharp pains there before.

  • shwifter author
    8 months ago

    The one thing that worries me most is the fluid retention. As things start to move the body may release large amounts of fluids into the legs feet and other areas. I’m not sure how the body may react in some people.

  • shwifter author
    8 months ago

    I think it’s important once you are able to stretch out on your back. To make sure to rest both arms above the head that naturally helps pull the ribs back inwards. don’t do anything that is to distressing. Pace yourself

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi dizzy and thanks for your post. It’s understandable that you are apprehensive about the situation you’ve described – difficulty breathing and substantial fluid from your lungs. However, if these symptoms persist, dizzy, or get worse, I would suggest you contact your physician. You may find these symptoms are easily treatable. Please do check back with us and let us know how you’re doing. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • shwifter author
    7 months ago

    Hello dr lebowitz I have been searching for a way to get my research out there. There is much I left out cause it would be pages and pages of info. I continue to make progress every day. Disappointingly I can’t find any reaseacher or doctor that I can even talk to in the field. If you have advice on how to get a medical theory out there. To me it’s not a theory I’ve felt it.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi again, shwifter and thanks for your post earlier today. Your stated main concern of ‘fluid retention’ may be symptomatic of other condition(s) that are associated with COPD. If you are experiencing these symptoms (fluid retention), you may want to discuss this with your physician. Wishing you the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • shwifter author
    9 months ago

    I also am beginning to realize that as constipation gets worse anxiety gets worse. Here most people like myself got on anxiety meds to help. I now think I was interrupting my body’s natural reset process. Anxiety leads to panic attacks which leads to hyperventilating. Hyperventilating is you body trying to catch up but with dehydration too this can be difficult as with ever breath you loose moisture. Again this is a theory. I hope it helps others as much as it’s helped me.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi shwifter and thanks for posting your question. I’ll be curious to see what the responses indicated as people begin to provide their answers.
    I’m also curious as to what your ‘theory’ is – are you able to share it with the community?
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi again, shwifter, and thanks for your recent post (above, about research). First, please remember I am not a physician but rather a respiratory therapist. I do hear that you are trying to get your solid experiences ‘out there’ in the field and community. I’m thinking (and I hope you agree), that is beyond the scope of this website. Having said that, I would suggest you go in one or two different directions. You can find a receptive physician with whom you can collaborate – that might move you forward. You could also reach out to the medical journal(s) who might have an interest in the type of work you’ve done.
    Perhaps other moderators/team members will chime in with their thoughts as well.
    Good luck!
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Well, shwifter, all I can think for you to do is to keep trying. As long as you have the drive and the energy, just keep at it!!
    We’re always here for you.
    All my best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • shwifter author
    7 months ago

    Thank you for your reply. I have already looked into both of your suggestion. I have also tried to contact different leaders in the field. I know your not a Dr but I believe if your have a passion for healthcare you may not have the title but you are a physician in my eyes. As was Vivian Thomas a brilliant man who wasn’t a doctor but was major factor in where we are today in the treatment of heart conditions. He eventually got an honorary doctorate from John’s Hopkins in Baltimore.

  • shwifter author
    9 months ago

    Yes of course I will share my theory with what I believe causes COPD in some or many people. I just have to get common info to see if it fits with my theory. If it dose I think I can explain how and why it happens. And more importantly how the intestines work. the different parts of the intestines have natural blockage areas. And these natural blockage areas are there to allow the different parts of the intestines to absorb the nutrition it needs . These areas are only opened by how you move. I started having problems year’s ago with constipation ,and I rememberd what I was doing before that. I have done more research on this question and it seems to be the left side. This is how I remember laying for a long period of time because of injury ,Others because of indigestion. After an initial abdominal x-ray that said I was constipated badly but everything was ok I went home went about my business still sick. I tried all the pills ,fiber. nothing helped. So the next thing on Google was exercise and I wondered what about those movements helped move things through the different parts of your intestines. Maybe it can be streamlined cause people with this condition can’t exercise. After bringing my self from the brink of COPD and low thyroid levels. To now with simple movements that make sense when you think about it. Your body uses one function to assist another’s this is the same with the intestines. Breathing helps with the first part of digestion so while you eat through the day it moves to jejunum where it fills throughout the day. You have had a hard day and just want to sleep you lay down and toss and turn its irritating but it is necessary to move things after a full day of eating. There are a few of these blockage areas just to the right and left of the center of the abdomen in the small intestines. I could go on and on but. Laying on just the left side helps with indigestion because it pinches of the esophagus it also keeps gas from coming up. Which invades the lungs and ribs. Which won’t allow you to depress you ribs not allowing the carbon dioxide to escape with each breath. Plus laying on one side all the time is bound to cause a curve in the lower spine which in it self has been shown to cause bowel issues. So breathing for digestion and indigestion. Tossing from one side to the other while we sleep to help move what we digested along with the natural reverberation of the intestines. When you awake everything pools in the bottom and back that’s why we want to stretch in the morning. As we move throughout the day walking and breathing allows the waste to move out of the ileum past the appendix which consantly has to be removed by people forceing things to move. I think opioids affect you in two ways the natural process that moves things through the bowels plus the little signals your body gets that says in uncomfortable in this position I need to move. With age injury inactivity depression and medicine. It can cause us to sometime ignore what are bodies are saying with minor effects that Cascade overtime. I still need to do a lot more work on this I have a lot more tips of how and in what order I was able to get through this .oh first toss and turn don’t expect instant results it may even feel worse cause thing are moving inside a highly confined area . It may take doing this back and forth many times but this is why I need the time to compile all my notes diagrams and different stages of the condition .I can’t give any solid info this is just a theory I’m not a doctor so this is the only way I could get access to suffers. To get more info to see the correlation I’ve talked to my Dr about it he want me to talk to a g.i Dr but I hope overtime constipation and bowel issues can be greatly reduced. Circulation of everything in the body is important block the blood or spinal fluid you have a problem to. I hope in time this helps people.

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