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I have COPD, and certain times of year it seems harder to cope with – for instance Spring is here and I have so much trouble catching my breath with activity. Why? Winter months were easier unless I was in the cold. My lungs felt like they were frozen. I finally found a place to help get my meds but half of them still are not here. These missing doses of medicine could be to blame. My left shoulder blade feels like it’s on fire at the same time. What is all this telling me?

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  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Meuli,

    You’re certainly not alone in thinking that certain times of year can be worse than others in managing your COPD. Spring can range from slightly bothersome to downright distressing depending on your circumstances.

    One reason is allergies. If you’re one of the many people that are effected by pollen, grasses, trees, flowers, and the many other airborne allergens that pop up in Spring, you’ll notice a change in your COPD. For some, the “cure” is anti-histamines and other allergy medications that help with the symptoms. Of course, before starting any medication you’d want to speak to your doctor. If medications aren’t an option, try keeping windows closed, especially after your lawn has been mowed. If you have air conditioning, now’s the time to use it.

    The weather changes in Spring are another cause of problems for people that suffer from breathing difficulties. The unpredictable temperatures – today cold, tomorrow hot – can wreak havoc on your lungs. It may be helpful to just plan your days around the weather forecast; avoiding those humid, rainy days when possible.

    While it’s tempting to start spring cleaning when the weather get’s nice, be careful about that. Do it at your own pace and try to avoid chemicals that will be problematic to your breathing.

    It sounds like you’ve been having trouble getting your medications as well. I’m so sorry to hear that. Hopefully you’ve found a solution, but if you haven’t, please be sure and visit the website of the medications you take. Almost all of the pharmaceutical companies have programs in which you can get low cost, or even no cost medications through them. Often it’s a coupon you have to print out and take to the pharmacy. But, believe me, it’s well worth the trouble.

    I wish you the very best! Please feel free to ask any questions you think of. We’re here to answer the best we can.

    Lyn (moderator)

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