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What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

Maximize lift: Leaning slightly forward, palms resting on the knees, head slightly bent, lips pursed, fast breath in, slow and prolonged exhaling. The goal is to get the respiratory muscles including neck muscles, in the best position for maximal lift, and empty out the lungs as much as possible to make room for more air coming in. ...Read more

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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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I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time ?

I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time ?

It won't get worse: Good job! You should be proud as you have accomplished a great step! With the right therapies it will not get worse. When you quit smoking you preserve the lungs that are still viable and working. you need to be on inhalers and measure your oxygen level on exertion. ...Read more

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What to do if my 85 year old mother has end stage COPD and emphysema. She is breathing 28 times per minute?

What to do if my 85 year old mother has end stage COPD and emphysema. She is breathing 28 times per minute?

COPD: Breathing 28 times a minute suggests she's not getting enough oxygen or has other problems. You should check with her doctor to see if anything can be done. ...Read more

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What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

Pulmonary rehab: If it is available many communities offer a program called pulmonary rehab. This is a graded exercise program suprevised by trained respiratory and physical therapists and in some cases physicians. COPD patients are also educated in specific breathing techniques and about their disease in general. It seems patients who go through the program do overall better. ...Read more

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Does the hops in beer cause people with COPD to have breathing trouble?

Does the hops in beer cause people with COPD to have breathing trouble?

Calories: It's the calories in beer that may cause trouble breathing. When the carbohydrates in beer are metabolized, there is more CO2 production in the blood sysytem. Therefore, high levels of C02 stimulates the brain's respiratory center to increase the rate of breathing. Thus, shortness of breath occurs. ...Read more

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If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

Dulls sensation...: Alcohol is a depressant so it dulls your perception of shortness of breath in your brain. You may feel less short of breath but may actually be hypoventilating which could lead to further increases in carbon dioxide. So, you need to be very careful w/alcohol use. ...Read more

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How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

As often to get well: It depends on the severity. Either albuterol or xopenex (levalbuterol) is given every one, two or four hours until you are no longer short of breath. Other meds may be necessary including steroids, antibiotics and supplemental oxygen. ...Read more

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How often will I need a breathing treatment for COPD spasms?

Treatment copd spasm: It all depends on what inhaled meds you are using.If you are using 12 hour inhalers which contain steroids and long term bronchodilaters and spirive by inhalation once a day, then you can use atrovent (ipratropium) and albuterol(duoneb) every 4 to 6 hours only as a rescue for the spasms if needed. ...Read more

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Many people i know with copd have more trouble with their breathing, when they quit smoking. Why is that?

Many people i know with copd  have more trouble with their breathing,  when they quit smoking. Why is that?

Lungs start to work: one of the side effects of smoking is poor clearance of mucus from the respiratory system. Many long time smokers who quit (the right thing to do) will get a lot of coughing as their lungs wake up and get rid of all that junk that has been sitting there for ages... It gets better and the lungs can recover from the smoking with time. ...Read more

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Can coffee cause dehydration . My friend has COPD . And has a hard time breathing and always wants coffee . It this good for him ?

Probably not , but: Though coffee (the caffeine) is a diuretic, the amount he needs to drink for dehydration is very high. However, complicating this would be walking or exercising in hot weather without drinking water. Another issue may be that he is taking water pills which would only add to dehydration possibilities. ...Read more

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I have moderate copd. I don't have trouble breathing. Would inhalers strengthen my lungs, or wait untill I need them?

I have moderate copd. I don't have trouble breathing. Would inhalers strengthen  my lungs, or wait untill I need them?

Maybe not: many COPDers do not use inhalers except when they have an attack. A better suggestion would be lung exercises. This would "build" up your tolerance to walking and other exertions. Talk to your physician about a good program or contact the american lung association. Good Luck ...Read more

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I have COPD and have a cat in my home.My breathing has seemed to have worsened does having a cat in the home affect your breathi is having the cat in my home worsening my breathing? My breathing has seemed to have worsened after taking the cat into my hom

Asthma: Unfortunately it is very likely that the cat is causing your asthma to worsen. Pet dander is a common asthma trigger. You can always let your cat stay with a friend for a few days. Thoroughly clean your home to remove all remnants of the cat and assess your asthma symptoms. If they are improved or resolve completely then you have your answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could u die from having a hysterectomy and having copd(breathing problems) I smoke cigarettes?

Could u die from having a hysterectomy and having copd(breathing problems) I smoke cigarettes?

Yes but unlikely: Part of surgical planning is to asses the medical risks of surgery for each individual. Someone with COPD will need evaluation of their lung function before the obgyn will decide whether or not to, perform the surgery. A team approach is often required. A pulmonologist or internal medicine physician should perform the preop testing and communicated this to the obgyn and anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Why is breathing in during inspiration not affected by bronchoconstriction (asthma or copd)?

Why is breathing in during inspiration not affected by bronchoconstriction (asthma or copd)?

Pressure.: Long story...essentially, the pressure pushing upon the airways with expiration causes the airways to close upon themselves, causing air trapping which is one of the hallmarks of COPD and the other obstructive lung diseases. ...Read more

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How come breathing in during inspiration is not affected by bronchoconstriction (asthma/copd)?

How come breathing in during inspiration is not affected by bronchoconstriction (asthma/copd)?

Negative pressure: When you breathe in, your chest wall and diaphragm expand and create decreased pressure in your lungs. Because the bronchoconstriction is also inside your lungs, the negative pressure causes the airway to expand as well, and air flows in easily. When you breathe out, the chest wall and diaphragm relax, and pressure in the lungs increases. This snaps the airways closed again, like a valve. ...Read more

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How can I improve my breathing so i can get off supplemental oxygen? I do not have COPD or other. I live in high altitude state.

How can I improve my breathing so i can get off supplemental oxygen?  I do not have COPD or other.  I live in high altitude state.

Oxygen: There typically is an underlying reason that you need oxygen-acute pneumonia/ recent surgery with underlying lung issue that was not previously causing problem/ pe, etc. Whatever the underlying reason is has to be remedied and then you should be reassessed. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more