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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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Living with COPD: 9 Questions to Ask Your Physician

By Do More With Oxygen

Mon, Sep 10, 2012

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Being diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be overwhelming, difficult and even a little scary. You may even find the mix of emotions hard to deal with or a little distracting when it comes to your health. But instead of becoming sad or depressed, educate yourself! Research the disease and talk to your physician or health care professional. To make sure you have all the facts you need, here are nine questions about COPD to discuss with your doctor.

 

1. What signs of a flare-up should I watch for? It is imperative that you know what is normal and what is dangerous. Your physician should be able to explain the difference between normal feelings and issues that are serious enough for a 911 call
 
2. Is there a better oxygen solution for my lifestyle? Don’t be afraid to ask if there is an oxygen solution that better fits your active lifestyle. There are options for unlimited, portable oxygen that can really benefit your quality of life.
 
3. What do the medications you are prescribing do? It is important to know why you are being prescribed pills and understand exactly what they do for your body. It is also imperative that you know exactly when each pill should be taken.
 
4. Are the medications (including supplements) I am currently taking OK? There is always a potential for interactions and reactions when it comes to prescription drugs and even supplements. Talk to your doctor about what you are taking and what you will be taking to keep your COPD under control.
 
5. How can I reduce my COPD symptoms? There are so many ways you can make breathing and living with COPD easier on yourself. Ask the doctor for his or her suggestions. Portable oxygen solutions help you remain active and free to participate in the activities you did before being diagnosed.
 
6. Should I get a flu shot? When? Staying healthy can help keep your COPD under control. Keeping the flu at bay by getting an annual flu shot is often recommended, but make sure it is best for your personal situation by discussing with your physician.
 
7. Should I get a pneumonia shot? Pneumonia can be particularly tough on somebody with COPD, so talk to your doctor to see if you would benefit from getting a pneumonia shot.
 
8. Should I participate in a pulmonary rehabilitation program? Rehabilitation programs are meant to help COPD patients stay active and independent. You can learn exercises to strengthen your body, especially the muscles used for breathing, helping you to feel better and enjoy life to the fullest. Socializing with others who have COPD and use portable oxygen can help you feel comforted and lively.
 
9. Is this normal? If there is anything you question or are worried about, mention it to your physician. It may be completely normal or it may be something that needs attention. Either way, asking will put your mind at ease and potentially save your life.

 

Portable oxygen solutions allow those with COPD the freedom to live an active and happy lifestyle. To learn more about the freedom portable oxygen provides, watch this informative video.

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While living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be challenging, there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can make living with COPD easier.

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