5 MYTHS OF COPD – MYTH # 4

By William for wheezingaway.com

(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let us do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)

As I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness (or two), I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!

As for me, I battle severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue, Depression, and a Chronic Heart Condition. Each of which provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of my own chronic illness situation.

As I continue to educate myself, I also write so that I can help educate others as well.

Today we look at the Chronic Illness of COPD by giving you part one (4) of a five (5) part series on ‘The Myths of COPD’.

(A note – much of the information shared in this series ‘The 5 Myths of COPD’ came from an article written by Beth W. Orenstein and was reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH.)

With COPD now being considered the third leading cause of death in the United States and with more than 12 million Americans having COPD, Asthma, Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis – it is surprising that most people still do not seem to know much about the disease and those that do seem to have many misconceptions according to a statement once made by Sandra Adams, MD, MS, a pulmonologist in San Antonio.

COPD MYTH # 4: “PEOPLE WITH COPD CAN’T EXERCISE”

When a person has problems with their breathing, the last thing they seem to think about doing is exercising.

Many people with COPD/Severe Asthma seem to be afraid of exercising over the fear that it may be unsafe and will make it even more difficult to breathe.

The fact about that attitude is – IT IS WRONG for the simple reason that exercising keeps your lungs and body energized while also helping it build and/or keep up a person’s stamina.

Most people in the know will say that even a little routine of exercise, one that gets your heart pumping and your breathing labored without setting off another wheezing or exacerbation attack – IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Many will also be heard saying that exercise will also help decrease a person’s chances of catching infections and illnesses, and we all know that any time somebody with COPD/Severe Asthma gets an infection or illness, the risk rises of ending up in the hospital.

NO – exercise does not drain a person’s energy! Instead – IT SHOULD INCREASE THE ENERGY a person will have and help keep them from hitting as many spots as possible in the day where they feel just absolutely drained.

One thing that all the experts do say – any person with COPD/Severe Asthma should consult with their physician, pulmonologist and/or a pulmonary rehabilitation tech about the appropriate exercises and breathing techniques that will enable you to maintain an exercising level that will be successful in helping lessen those times of stress from being short of breath.

The thing to REMEMBER – EXERCISE SHOULD BE A GOOD HABIT TO KEEP when fighting your battles with COPD/Severe Asthma or any Chronic Illness.

QUESTIONS OF REFLECTIONS:

  • What exercise routine or program seems to work best for you so that you get a workout without causing any issues with your breathing?
  • Is your exercise routine one that was recommended and setup by your medical care people or is it a routine that you have put together for yourself to fit your own abilities to work out?

If you would like to reflect on our question(s), you can voice your response in the comment section of this post or email your response to wheezingaway@gmail.com.  

SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all of new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.

AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!

With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings, and steady breathing.

Good Day.

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.

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