Diagnosed 6 years ago…

I was diagnosed 6 years ago when I had pneumonia. I was given a nebulizer and breathing meds. I managed really well until August of last year and had “the bump” as they call it and things have been worse.

I take a lot of vitamins and eat fairly healthy. I have had to learn that on some days I just have to take it easy and do nothing – I am reading books by the dozens. Walking a short distance is hard and leaves me breathless – but I can go to Walmart or where they have carts and it is like a walker for balance. I try to get my exercise that way.

Magnesium (1000mg -1250mg) really have helped the muscles in my rib cage, and leg cramps. I just bought a room de-humidifier to see if that helps my breathing because here in Alabama, the humidity is horrible – I actually think it is helping – anyone else tried this??

I have found that 20-40 oz. of water with lemon juice (juice of a whole fresh lemon) will clear the mucus and make it almost clear and easier to get up and out of my lungs.

I am 71 years old and do not have to take any other meds, thank the Lord. I enjoy these forums for all the information – not everything works for everyone so it is trial and error.

I am thankful for every day.
Faye Mays

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  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Faye!

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m so glad to hear you are trying to get exercise (even if it’s in the form of a Walmart shopping trip–anything counts!), and are fueling your body the way you need to in order to find some relief. I’m also so happy to hear that communities like ours have been helpful for you. Please know we’re here for you, and grateful to have you in our community!

    It sounds like you really have a handle on how to practice self-care when you need it. What books are you currently reading? I’m really into comedy books right now, myself. I love finding a book that makes me chuckle! You may enjoy this article on further self-care tips! https://copd.net/living/self-care-budget/

    Please keep up posted on your journey.

    Wishing you relief soon,

    Casey, COPD.net Team

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