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I am a 69 yrs old diagnosed with COPD, asthma, and emphysema in 1992. I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day until I was in my 40’s. I also have scoliosis. I am on oxygen 24/7 for about 2 years. My biggest complaint is carrying these tanks or portable concentrators around they are heavy. I was very active and now I retired and I feel limited in going out. I shouldn’t complain it could be worse but sometimes it’s good to vent. Thanks for listening.

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  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Jnaphys, welcome!

    I hope you are getting along ok with all of your health issues and all that you have going on. Those tanks can be very heavy. If you google portable oxygen carrying case, you will see newer and more comfortable carriers and pull type carts. Ask your oxygen supplier too, they might have something specifically designed to meet your needs.

    Let us know what you find. Also know that we are here for you.

    Janet (moderator)

  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Jnaphys!

    Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us! I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnoses and all you have had to endure. You are always welcome to vent whenever you need, it’s what we’re here for! I found a few links that may be useful to you. The first is a link to our sister site on asthma. You can find that here,

    Secondly, since you mentioned struggling with your portable oxygen tank, I wanted to share an article on managing your portable oxygen, as well as a link to a multi-part series on traveling with your tank. You can find these here, and here,

    Please continue to keep us updated. We’re here for you, even if it’s just when you need an ear to vent! Sending gentle hugs!

    -Casey, Team

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