Category: COPD

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 …

Care and Cleaning of Your Oxygen Equipment

Supplemental oxygen therapy is one of the most basic treatments for people with COPD, especially as the disease progresses. If you or your loved one use oxygen, you are probably aware of the safety precautions, but do you know how to care for and clean the oxygen equipment? If not, you are not alone! Honestly, I think I’d been caring for my mother, …

3 COPD Symptoms That Could Predict Hospitalization

For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fear during episodes of breathlessness, dyspnea during typical daily activities, and depressive symptoms may be good predictors of hospitalization. A new study published in The International Journal of COPD has determined that these patient-reported symptoms are important forecasters to look for. Health care providers are in need of simple tools to stratify COPD patients’ …

Bed sores are a little-known result of COPD

Dear Dr. Roach • I am 89 years old and just learned that I have the first stages of bed sores on my buttocks. My dermatologist said that I should stay off of it as much as possible and apply hydrocortisone cream. I have COPD, and I need to sleep sitting up. I wonder if you have any other suggestions to …

How Do You Manage COPD Stress?

Living with a chronic condition like COPD can be extremely challenging and stressful at times. From managing symptoms and treatment plans to interacting with loved ones and friends, there is a great deal to manage, which can cause obstacles in daily life and relationships. While people may experience stress in different ways, and even the causes of stress can vary from person to person, one thing that remains the same …

Women and COPD: How Is It Different?

March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day, so I thought I would use these events as a reason to honor the many women who are fighting COPD these days. At one point in our history, COPD was considered more of a man’s disease. But over the past 50 years or so, the number of women dying from …

COPD: How to Breathe Better and Save Energy

What is COPD? COPD is a condition that affects the lungs and airways. COPD stands for chronic (KRON-ick) obstructive (ob-STRUCK-tiv) pulmonary (PULL-muh-nair-ee) disease. Chronic means the condition is long term. You will have it the rest of your life. COPD usually gets worse over time, but you can learn how to manage it. Pulmonary refers to the lungs and airways. The condition is obstructive because it …

6 tips for living well with COPD

Sarah shares her tips for managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The last few weeks I’ve had both a cold and a chest infection. It’s meant I haven’t been able to go out for my usual run round the park, and I’ve really struggled to get some sleep…and so has my husband thanks to my coughing and fidgeting! This might …