Living With COPD

Document Sample
Living With COPD Powered By Docstoc
					A patient diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
usually goes into a state of shock and despair, as the disease has no
cure. However, the good news is COPD is not the end of the world. A
person can still lead a reasonably happy life after being diagnosed with
COPD. All it takes is to be willing to make some sacrifices and adapt to
a new lifestyle.

To control COPD, a person has to give up smoking immediately, as it's the
main cause of COPD. There are many methods that help smokers and start a
whole new life. If COPD is caused by smoking, smoking cessation is the
only way to check the rapid progression of the disease.Naturally, once a
patient is diagnosed with COPD life can be stressful. Stress can raise
havoc on a COPD patient, and they need to know how to cope. Learning
what causes stress and how to live with it is essential. Joining a
support group or speaking to your family and friends is another way of
keeping the stress in check.For a patient affected with COPD, lots of
calories are burnt doing simple activities such as breathing. It is
important to conserve energy by doing your day-to-day activities smartly
to save energy. Planning your work in advance, maintaining an easy
schedule and avoiding difficult physical tasks are the keys to conserve
energy. Controlled breathing techniques such as pursed-lip and
diaphragmatic breathing can also help.Eating habits will also change.
Take a rest before you eat and eat small, nutritious meals at short
intervals, instead of three big meals a day. Take your time while eating
and breathe evenly while chewing. Exercising regularly, after consulting
your doctor, will also help in keeping the COPD in check. If you are
traveling, always keep your medicines with you. If you are using
equipments like compressors or oxygen therapy cylinders, it is advisable
to carry portable devices. If you are traveling long distances, consult
your physician and take the necessary precautions.Remember, COPD is not
the end of your life. It's just a beginning of another life -- life where
your activities and tasks may be controlled, but your capacity to enjoy
life will remain the same!COPD Stages provides detailed information on
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD and life expectancy, COPD
medication, COPD stages and more. COPD Stages is affiliated with Causes
Of Cystic Fibrosis.

Related Articles -
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD and life expectancy, COPD
medication, COPD stages,

Email this Article to a Friend!
Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!Subscribe for
free today!

mr doen mr doen mr
About just a nice girl