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Respiratory Resource Center

16 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About COPD

Jan 14, 2019 10:24:22 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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Whether you've been recently diagnosed with COPD or have been living with the condition for years, you are bound to have lots of questions. These might include questions about your health, your disease, your medications, your treatment options, and more.

 

As these questions come up over the course of your COPD treatment, your doctor will be your primary source for answers. But in order to get the right answers and the information you need, you first have to know what questions to ask.

 

Communication between doctors and patients should never be one-way; it's just as important for you to communicate with your doctor as it is for him to explain information to you. In order to get the best treatment possible, you need to keep track of all your questions, articulate your concerns, and remember to bring them up with your doctor when you have the chance.

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High Blood Pressure and COPD: What Every COPD Patient Should Know

Dec 3, 2018 10:53:57 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment

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Many people don't realize that COPD is not just a respiratory disease, but a disease that affects many different parts of the body besides lungs. Because of this, there are many health problems and conditions that accompany COPD, including high blood pressure and heart disease.

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17 Simple, Natural Ways to Treat Your COPD

Nov 7, 2018 9:35:33 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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COPD is a relatively common and well-researched condition, which means there are lots of different medications and treatments to help people who suffer from the disease. These include a variety of “natural” treatments for COPD patients that can alleviate both physical and psychological symptoms.

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Tips and Tricks for Exercising on Oxygen Therapy

Nov 1, 2018 9:20:24 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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Exercise is absolutely vital for healthy living, especially if you have COPD or another respiratory disease. But when you're hooked up to your oxygen tank or concentrator, it can make working out and doing other physical activities a little bit more tricky.

 

Fortunately, exercising with oxygen isn't too difficult if you know how to do it right. In fact, the extra oxygen you get should make it easier to exercise by improving your endurance and making it easier to breathe. 

 

In this article, we're going to give you a variety of tips and techniques to help you better manage exercise while you're using supplemental oxygen. That way, you can continue living an active, healthy life without letting your disease or your oxygen therapy get in the way.

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19 Effective Ways to Boost Your Immune System if You Have COPD

Oct 30, 2018 10:09:49 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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One of the things that makes COPD so dangerous is the fact that it makes your body more vulnerable to disease. It not only makes your more likely to get sick, but it makes it harder to recover from illnesses, too.

For people with COPD, any sickness—even a common cold—can be serious or, in some cases, even life-threatening. Even worse are respiratory infections like pneumonia, which can cause permanent damage to lungs affected by COPD.

 

Because of this, it is imperative for every person with COPD to take good care of their immune system. Because your immune system is so closely linked with all of your body's other systems, that means making healthy choices when it comes to your diet, sleeping habits, personal hygiene, and even your mental health.

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How to Combat Back Pain Caused By COPD

Oct 26, 2018 9:15:59 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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While COPD is usually characterized as a breathing disorder, it is a complex disease that can cause a variety of different ailments besides respiratory decline. One of of these is back pain, a serious ailment that afflicts nearly fifty percent of patients with COPD.

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The Majority of COPD Patients Use Their Inhaler Incorrectly. Are You One of Them?

Sep 3, 2018 3:01:00 PM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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If you are like most people with COPD, then you probably use an inhaler every day. Inhaled medications like bronchodilators and steroids are some of the most important and effective medications for COPD—that is, as long as you use them correctly.

 

Unfortunately, studies show that many, if not most, people do not actually use their inhaler correctly. This is a huge problem for all patients who use inhalers, but especially for people with COPD.

 

Inhaler medications for COPD not only help you feel better, but they help stave off infections, flare-ups, and dangerous exacerbations that can make your disease worse. If you are not using your inhaler correctly, then you don't get the full dose of the medication you need to keep your symptoms under control.

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Is Your Bedding Making Your COPD Worse?

Aug 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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For people who have COPD, living in a clean environment should be a top priority. Because the disease makes the lungs hyper-sensitive to irritants, even small amounts of dust and allergens can set off coughing fits and make daily COPD symptoms worse.

Unfortunately, there are many places in your home that can trap particles that irritate your lungs, and it can be difficult to track them all down. Harmful particles can accumulate in your carpet, furniture, and all the nooks and crannies of your home, where they lie in wait until they get stirred up into the air you breathe.

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How to Use Yoga and Tai Chi to Improve Your COPD

Aug 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment

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Regular physical activity is a vital part of keeping yourself healthy if you have COPD. Unfortunately, the very nature of the disease makes exercise more difficult, with fatigue and breathing difficulties being some of the major symptoms.

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How to Treat Bloating Caused by COPD

Aug 21, 2018 11:00:42 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment

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Everyone experiences bloating every now and then, often the result of a big meal or a minor stomach illness. However, bloating tends to be a frequent problem for people with COPD for different reasons, and it's a problem that is frequently underestimated.

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