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Tips for Managing COPD Pain

Pain management is an important part of treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), yet so often, the medical support system may overlook pain as an element of COPD. As we all know, COPD is a disease of the lungs. Although COPD doesn’t cause lung pain per se, it can cause chest pain due to factors such as coughing. Pain management strategies may be of …

Life with COPD bearable with therapy

Karen Deitemeyer smoked cigarettes for 30 years. Since the time she turned 15, she would smoke two to three packs a day, but in 1991, she decided to quit smoking after being diagnosed with the beginnings of emphysema. She was told she would have to go on oxygen if she didn’t cut the tobacco cord. Unfortunately, the damage was already …

9 Ways To Manage And Reduce The Severity Of COPD

Being diagnosed with chronic obstruct pulmonary disease – or COPD – does not mean a lifetime of dependency on medication. A group of diseases (chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and sometimes asthma with permanent damage) that affects over 15 million Americans, COPD usually begins as a cough marked by mucus and phlegm, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and shortness of breath. Although there isn’t a …

New study offers insights on genetic indicators of COPD risk

Researchers have discovered that genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs could serve as indicators to help identify people who have low, but stable, lung function early in life, and those who are particularly at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) because of a smoke-induced decline in lung function. The results of the study, which was funded by the National …

What You Need to Know About COPD and Sleep Apnea

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an umbrella term for a number of progressive lung diseases, is a serious condition that affects 30 million Americans. Characterized by symptoms like breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest, COPD is commonly caused by smoking and environmental factors.It’s the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Living with COPD is difficult enough on …

Different COPD Stages: How Do You Know It’s Near the End

COPD Stage 1 (Mild) is where you want to catch the disease to be diagnosed. However, due to the lack of symptoms it often goes undiagnosed until a later stage. The main reason COPD Stage 1 symptoms go unnoticed is because according to GOLD guidelines, stage 1 COPD patients still have an FEV1 of 80% or higher. A lot of times, patients can …

Flying With COPD: What You Need to Know

Air Travel With COPD Is the thought of air travel too daunting to contemplate, or are you a frequent flyer? Many other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) sufferers tell me it’s too hard. With my experiences I have come to the conclusion that while flying with COPD can be difficult, it is possible. Starting Point If you plan to travel by …

Man diagnosed with stage III COPD now fully recovered after treating the disease with marijuana

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease which restricts a person’s breathing. While mainstream medicine claims the disease could only get worse, Big Pharma still advertises, and doctors still prescribe, all sorts of medications for people who suffer from it, purportedly to offer some kind of relief. Unfortunately, the side effects of these medications are what put Jeff Waters …

Everything You Should Know About COPD

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition that damages the lungs and causes difficulty breathing. If the disease goes untreated, it can become painful and uncomfortable, and it can interfere with your day-to-day life. COPD occurs as a mix of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. It also usually causes an …