About Living With COPD

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COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is best treated by setting up a plan with a doctor to diagnose and treat the condition early. Find out why good nutrition and exercise are so important for people with COPD with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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I want to talk to you about living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or better known as COPD, which is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; obstructed because they trap the air inside the sac and it's hard for them to be able to get air in and out. But it's hard to get it out because it's trapped so it's called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's, after it's properly diagnosed, it's, you can setup some type of a plan for yourself with your doctor. It's best if you go to a pulmonary rehabilitation center that's either privately based or a hospital based program where they can start you on the right foot. Many people who get diagnosed with COPD will wait until they get so chronically ill later on in latter stages of chronic lung disease that they just can't exercise or they just can't hold to do anything anymore 'cause they've waited so long. But early detection, early diagnosis will start you on the right program. The way they diagnose you is with spirometry and arterial blood gases and chest x-rays and your doctor listen to your complaints. Don't see is as a death sentence. That's the most important thing you can see is that, it's not a death sentence. You need to stop the air, the irritants that's to your lungs that will cause less damage to the lining of the lung; it will cause less slot, less damage so that the air can get in and it won't be trapped so, so easily 'cause that's the main problem with trapping of the air. Clean air is very good, get yourself a clean air machine and fresh vegetables and mix daily, eating well and exercising. Don't take any over the counter inhalers or go and try to get diuretics or sodium or anything like that over the counter. You do not want to take over the counter medications at any time no matter if you run out of medications. Only use what your doctor prescribe, especially your Pulmonologist; he's going to be following you, if you have one, for your chronic lung disease. Oxygen therapy and nebulizer treatments with medications and all medications are extremely important to you; to use them correctly and to stop any type of smoking or inhalants as I said before. Drinking plenty of clean or cool water, not too cold and not too hot; making sure that your bowels are moving daily and properly so that you won't have build up of pressure that pushes up on your chest wall so that you can't get the air in and out. Pace yourself, don't panic. Try to be calm. Be a participant and a regular participant in a pulmonary rehab program; try to learn how to breath properly, how to bathe and dress and hygiene and how to keep down infections; how to do cooking, even if you have to, to sit; how to do your shopping at a pace. And this calls, this calls for a daily living routine to be paced correctly for your disorder and it'll make it easier for you, you'll live longer. And if you just start out with a, a good pulmonary rehab program when you're first diagnosed, I have seen patients over the years have live for twenty, twenty five years, still living; that I have been following for this many years; that have been on continuous oxygen, nebulizer treatment and they've had chronic lung disease along with other disorders that are complications of such as heart disease and right heart failure. But they have live a long and productive life because they have been a compliant patient, listening to the doctor and following the orders of their physician.

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