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Why (specificaly) would a patient with COPD breath better when he or she is in a sitting position?

Why (specificaly) would a patient with COPD breath better when he or she is in a sitting position?

Leverage: In COPD you need to make a bigger effort to breathe, to compensate for the narrowed bronchial tubes. This is generated by the breathing muscles which are located between the ribs, in the neck area, and upper torso. The muscles generate the most force when they are not too stretched and not too relaxed. This is best achieved in the seated position. Other factors also play a role. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

Could B exacerbation: Any changes of the normal could be an exacebation of copd. Typical would be antibiotics not just for infection but antiflamatory properties as well. May need adjustments to medications as well. Need to see md especially if above occurs or an incease in rescue inhalers is noted. ...Read more

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Why would a patient with COPD breathe better when he is a sitting position?

Why would a patient with COPD breathe better when he is a sitting position?

Gravity: COPD patients have trouble getting air out, they often use more muscle work to breath. So in the sitting position gravity helps take the abdominal contents out of the picture and helps the diaphragm recoil back. Plus arms are there to prop forward and expand the chest the widest. ...Read more

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I have this weird feeling in this chest that won't go away but only if you breath in heavily and it has gotten worse i think it's COPD ?

I have this weird feeling in this chest that won't go away but only if you breath in heavily and it has gotten worse i think it's COPD ?

OK, see Dr: Breathing is a good thing...You should see a dr for evaluation of symptoms that are concerning to you! could be a restrictive lung issue, and could benefit from bronchodilator--but might be something else as well. Get seen & pulmonary function tested. ...Read more

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I have copd, but why am i still short of breath while on oxygen?

I have copd, but why am i still short of breath while on oxygen?

Complicated dyspnea: Shortness of breath relates to the work of breathing as well as oxygenation. COPD when severe enough to need oxygen likely is associated with significant increase in the work of moving air into and out of the lungs. If still short of breath on oxygen there may still low oxygen in the blood stream or the work of getting enough into the blood stream may be causing the shortness of breath. ...Read more

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I have copd, what can I do to breath better at home.?

Medication, exercise: If you have COPD and have symptoms, you need to take certain medications regularly, when you feel good and when you don't feel so good. If you are smoking, quit smoking. Exercise daily, keep your muscle strength both arms and legs. Breathing exercises help too. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep up with vaccinations, flu and pneumonia. Use hand sanitizers. ...Read more

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What can restore breath most efficiently in the case of copd?

What can restore breath most efficiently in the case of copd?

Acute versus chronic: In an acute attack of COPD, oral steroids and nebulized albuterol can help breathing. In chronic management, inhaled medications are the way to go both for daily breathing effort and smaller bouts of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can a person have COPD and hold his/her breath for 2 minutes?

Depends: It will depend on the stage of copd. In early stages (chronic bronchitis, it may be possible. Later stages of course will reduce lung function accordingly. ...Read more

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Ii have copd stuggle for breath prescribed ttiotropium 18 micrograms once daily can i use more than once.

Ii have copd stuggle for breath prescribed ttiotropium 18 micrograms once daily can i use more than once.

Need other changes: Tiotropium has been shown to reduce hospitalizations & improve quality of life for people with COPD. Its benefits are experienced over time & it is absolutely not a rescue inhaler. 18mcg is the dose in the Handihaler, and is the maximum daily dose from that device. If still having problems, changes elsewhere in your treatment plan should be considered - best to see your doc ASAP. ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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