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REALISTIC Tips for Living Life with COPD!

  • By Jenn Patel

    We know that it can be challenging, to say the least, to ‘keep on keeping on’ with a COPD diagnosis. No matter where you are in your journey, it’s always good to hear about helpful tips others have learned about managing COPD – or to share what helps you! Please comment here with any “tips” or “tricks” you use in YOUR everyday life with COPD!

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  • By Jean

    Pursed Lip Breathing and Exercise!!! These are the two things that really help. I exercise so that I can do the fun things in life. It really works.

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    • By Jenn Patel

      Jean! Those are some excellent tips. Thanks so much for sharing! We’re so glad you’re able to do the “fun stuff”. 🙂 – Jenn (COPD.net Team)

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi Jean and thanks for sharing with the community what works well for you. I’m sure others will derive a benefit from reading about your experiences.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By oz

    Don’t forget to BREATHE.

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    • By Jenn Patel

      Thanks Oz! The simple reminders can be the most helpful sometimes! – Jenn (COPD.net Team)

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  • By CatherineC

    Don’t forget the big one – Quit Smoking!
    Beathing exercises where to make sure to exhale fully. I’m using a free app called Pranayama. I follow the music and it Helps me with clearing mucuos too which is challenging for me.

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    • By Jenn Patel

      Wow, that sounds great, CatherineC! Thanks for sharing about the app. So glad you’re clearing out the mucus! Best, Jenn (COPD.net Team)

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  • By jadbones

    1. Enroll in a Pulmonary Rehab Program @ your nearest Hospital
    2. Join a COPD Support Group (our Town didn’t have one, so I started one!!—up to 6 members now, many from the Pulmonary Rehab Program @ our local Hospital)
    3. Get plenty of rest—don’t over exert—7-9 hours of quality sleep every night (I am on a BiPap & O2, which really helps)
    4. The other obvious things for anybody—healthy diet, plenty of H2O, BMI of 25, etc

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    • By Jenn Patel

      Jadbones! I love this list! Thank you so much for sharing these awesome ideas – I hope lots of people read them! 🙂 Keep up the great work! Best, Jenn (COPD.net Team)

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    • By Jenn Patel

      Hey CatherineC! Great question! In addition to what Jean explained (kudos, Jean!) I thought you might be interested in this article about BiPAP as well: https://copd.net/living/bipap-live-better/. Hope it’s useful! – Jenn (COPD.net Team)

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  • By Jean

    It’s like a C-pap, but instead of providing positive pressure on the inhale, it also provides it on the exhale. It provides pressure on both the inhale and exhale. It’s a non-invasive way to help people who retain CO2 blow it off and continue to function well at home.

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  • By wally2

    helo to every one, I read somewhere that if you have copd always carry small bottle of water and a straw when your out and becomeshort of breath , to get rid of stale air in your lungs blow into bottle and make bubbles like we did as children, it works for me its same as p l b just a different way

    wally

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    • By Lyn Harper, RRT Moderator

      Hi wally2 – that’s a great tip! In fact, what you describe is a very “homeade” way to create a little postitive pressure in the airways. It’s very similiar to pursed lip breathing or even some of the equipment that we use in respiratory therapy. Thank you for sharing that!

      Regards,
      Lyn (moderator)

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  • By Alesandra Bevilacqua Keymaster

    Tip from community member Trudy: I noticed that I had less problems with bloating wearing exercise clothing all day. I upped that to more restrictive clothing that came up higher than my waist and with a wide waistband so the restriction was even all the way up. I try breathing to inflate but also exhale to the bottom of my lungs a few times in the day using the hardly used muscles in my abdomen to strengthen them and improve my posture. By the end of the day I am no longer coping with very stuck painful gas bubbles as I was before. I hope this helps everyone!

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  • By babyray7

    My five tips I use include:

    1. Deep breathing exercises
    2. Daily oximeter pulse and saturation
    level readings
    3. Journal for tracking oximeter
    readings, SOB, etc
    4. Rest when increase in COPD
    symptoms
    5. Drink lots of water

    With these techniques, I am able to assess my breathing ability and to know when I need further medical care in the event of exascerbation of COPD symptoms.

    Hope this is of help to you!

    Eileen

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  • By Lyn Harper, RRT Moderator

    I love those tips, Eileen. Thank you for sharing them. They’re practical and sensible. I especially like the idea of keeping a journal that tracks how you’re feeling and so forth. That can make it so much easier to note trends or explain to your doctor what’s been happening.

    Regards,
    Lyn (site moderator)

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi babyray7 (Eileen) and thanks for posting those tips that work so well for you. We appreciate you sharing these types of positive suggestions with the online community. Others may read your system and use those ideas for themselves as well. We appreciate your input. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

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