I am one of those that has been given the honor of traveling life with the companionship of COPD and severe Asthma.
While the honor is many times pushed by the frustration and battle with those companions, I have over time come to grips that it is what it is and I must make the best of it.
I knew I must learn more about this companion the medical folks call COPD and severe Asthma, so I have read about, ask questions about it and spent time nearly every day scouring the internet for information, articles and more.
I also knew it is good to share, so as a writer I decided what better way to share what I am learning and finding than through informational, inspirational and personal writings about my travels with COPD and severe Asthma.
This is part of an on-going series we call ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ and today we give you set five of a six-part set we refer to as ‘Outside/Inside of Them Lungs’, where we discuss the inside of lungs and what needs to happen, how it happens and why it happens.
Set 5 – – ‘Looking at Your Lungs from the Inside’:
Today we will look at ’What Went Wrong’ or why is it becoming so hard for you to breath?
If you think back to those ‘little sweepers’ in your upper lungs called ‘cilia’, they over time can become damaged from smoke of all types and other environmental irritants. Many times, this damage will or can destroy or paralyze the cilia sweepers which will cause them to stop functioning and that is when your lungs become unable to clean themselves out.
This is what some call ‘dirty lungs’ as a person will then have difficulty getting rid of excess mucous which will usually cause frequent coughing and eventually possible develop ‘chronic bronchitis’.
Another effect from lungs becoming damaged from smoke of all types and other environmental irritants would possible be to lose their ability to act like an elastic recoil – your lungs ability to get air out efficiently or as we would call it the ‘obstructive’ part of ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’.
A person’s lung tissue is supposed to be like elastic and stretch out like a balloon. When lungs lose that ability to stretch and recoil they become unable to recoil back to normal and when that air that was supposed to be released or exhaled becomes stuck within your lungs, your lungs must work harder and many times will get air trapped and the lungs will become ‘hyperinflated’.
If a person develops a problem with ‘hyperinflation’ their lungs may become bigger than they should be at normal stage and this will lead to a problem with extra, stale air being compressed into good lung tissue keeping them from doing their job. Eventually the lungs could stay ‘hyperinflated’ enough to become too big for the area in the body they are designed to be.
The lungs inability to stretch, recoil and then become ‘hyperinflated’ is what eventually becomes ‘emphysema’.
That my friends, is set five of what WheezingAway is calling ‘Outside/Inside – Your Lungs’. Next posting of this series will be our last and will finish up the discussion dealing with what may be going wrong with the functioning of your lungs.
As always, if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)