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weight gain

  • By shelia

    Its hard for me to gain weight ..I need to put on about 15 pounds ..I get full so easy

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  • By PhilJ

    I wish I could give you some of my weight….lol….So far I can’t seem to lose weight I’m starting to walk much as I can. In Sept. 2015 They took a mass out on the outside of my lung they removed the lower section of my right lung. With all that being said no matter what I do I can’t lose weight while in the hospital I gained 45 lbs.
    I take albuterol with the breathing machine twice a day I also take symbicort twice a day and when I go to walmart I have to use Pro Air inhaler to rescue me. Does my meds keep me from losing weight???? My wife says get on a walking machine at the club house…NOW this is interesting
    If I use the stand up walking machine I don’t last long at all,BUT if I use the machine that I set down and move my leggs I can go a mile on it with out having to rest.
    I am open to suggestions???????

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  • By Janet Plank Moderator

    Hi PhilJ, this is a few months late

    It’s hard to lose weight in the hospital, there is a lot of down time and the menus are usually a standard. Medications can add to the poundage and make it harder to lose.

    Good for your wife! Did you get to the clubhouse?

    Have you tried using your pro air inhaler before exercising? That would help to open your airways. This is something you could discuss with your doctor.

    It’s much easier to sit and work than to stand. I think of riding a bike, how it felt to sit and you could almost coast at times. Standing and riding was jerky and uncoordinated, more effort was made when because I wasn’t a smooth standing rider. Sitting, was comfortable and I could even myself out on the bike. I hope this makes sense, it’s how I see the different pieces of equipment.

    I hope you are doing well and that we can hear from you again.

    Janet (site moderator)

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  • By chrismarshallip

    i have the opposit problem. seen the dr, dietry nurse even a dietition none of which can help. kept diaries all i get is my diet is excellent im doing everything they could ask of me i cook all my own food fresh never fry anything all i get is take more excersise. which i do as much as i am able but its not enough apparently. as well as copd i have dodgy hips and knees any ideas?

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  • By Janet Plank Moderator

    Hi chrismarshallip

    Diet and nutrition can be so hard. It’s good that you had a dietitian work with you, it’s hard when it doesn’t always work. Keep searching and working on it and hopefully you will find answers.It sounds like you are cooking healthier. I have osteo in my joints and they don’t bend because of it, so exercise is limited here too. I find that I can walk and have found that there are other exercises that don’t impact those joints. If you have the opportunity, ask your doctor if there is pulmonary rehab where you are. That is so beneficial. If not, maybe physical therapy could recommend something for you. I sure hope you get the answers that you are needing. Do let us know and thank you for being part of our community.
    Janet (site moderator)

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  • By chrismarshallip

    thanks janet i say a dietitian twice all he said after reading my food diary was change to semi skimmed milk when i told him i had been only drinking skimmed milk i was told that there was nothing he could do and that i should join a gym. my weight has not changed for 10 years so im obviously doing something right i just cant lose it. i did pulmery rehab and quite enjoyed it and physio terrorisiam yes theyve been interesting and i still carry out the excersises. i know that if i can lose just a bit of weight then i will be able to do more had more loss will will follow. its the first bit thats the problem.

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  • By Anonymous

    It seems like I have gained weight. I can’t get out there and do the activity like I use to

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi again, Earlene. Again, you are not alone in your experience with gaining weight with COPD. For some people, they find themselves gaining weight while others indicate they lose weight. Everyone is affected differently. We do have some material related to COPD and weight – I thought you might find it helpful to look it over when you have a chance: https://copd.net/living-with-copd/pulmonary-rehab/weight-management/.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By Anonymous

    I an going to start making smoothies for some meals. Eating makes me sob sometimes, and you can get the veggies and fruit you need

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    That’s a great idea, Earline. Please let us know how you’re doing by adding smoothies to your diet.
    Good luck!
    Leon (site moderator)

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