Mr. William for CrossDove Writers
When you have a disability or chronic illness, one of the most important things you can do is to learn as much as you can about it. The more you know, the easier it should be to get a handle on those days when you feel like it is a constant battle and you are not sure you are winning.
Knowing the language or words that go with COPD/Asthma is a great way to start or to continue to refresh a person’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the lifelong health companion which we are dealing with.
With that we discuss some of what we call ‘must know words’ of life with COPD/Asthma – and TODAY we will discuss briefly the importance of cleaner air by knowing the word ‘ORTHOPNEA’.
‘Orthopnea’ is the term used in describing those times a person is having difficulty breathing because of their body position, especially when a S-o-B (Short of Breath) happens while lying or sleeping on one’s back. A person having this difficulty is likely to be using several pillows just to be able to breathe better when resting or sleeping.
This kind of disorder can be and should be considered as possible very dangerous, and if left untreated can possible even cause death while a person is sleeping.
COPD and Asthma patients have commonly been found to have this sleeping disorder and will need to be treated for and work with it while battling their own individual battle with COPD/Asthma.
‘Orthopnea’ should or must be take seriously as it is not only a sign of a person’s lungs being possible congested, but also could be giving a person the warning signals that their heart is not functioning like it should either.
When you lay flat, the blood that is in your feet and legs can become evenly distributed to your entire body – which, if you are healthy is no big deal as the lungs and heart can handle it, but if you are not healthy it can and will cause problems with both your lungs and heart as they will not be able to handle the extra fluids and weight.
To know if your sleeping difficulties are caused by ‘Orthopnea’, a person needs to look for some of the more common signs and symptoms which would be having shortness of breath while lying flat, swollen feet and/or ankles, a need of pillows when sleeping and/or laying down, as well as coughing on a regular basis while laying down. Many medical folks also say that being overweight can be a factor in causing ‘Orthopnea’.
On a personal note – This writer, while having been diagnosed with COPD, severe Asthma and sleep apnea, is familiar with the symptoms of ‘Orthopnea’ because they have fought those symptoms listed since they were a little kid. This writer always needed those extra pillows and would never sleep flat on the back because it would cause a problem with breathing and the asthma, and in more recent times the COPD.
If a person finds that adjusting their head and/or body’s height so they may remedy sleeping with ‘Orthopnea’ for a while but yet still find it difficulty with sleeping continues, then you should or must consult your physician or pulmonologist.
With all that, we would like to ask our readers if they have symptoms of ‘Orthopnea’, and if they do have or how did they find solutions?
As always, we look forward to hearing your input – it is always much appreciated, thanx.
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.
Always be aware – 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 by a reliable physician or pulmonologist.
We bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William for wheezingaway.com & CrossDove Writers.
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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.
(Information used was gathered from various books and internet sources discussing COPD, Asthma and other lung issues. Images used, are done so by permission from yahoo.com and/or google.images.com.)