Positive Options for Living with COPD: Self-Help and Treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Teri Allen, a registered respiratory therapist who has worked with COPD patients for almost 20 years, shows you how in this clearly written and wonderfully comprehensive guide.

While a diagnosis of COPD (a condition that can include emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis) can feel devastating, and while symptoms can be debilitating, there is a great deal you can do to experience

more energy * less ...

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Overview

Teri Allen, a registered respiratory therapist who has worked with COPD patients for almost 20 years, shows you how in this clearly written and wonderfully comprehensive guide.

While a diagnosis of COPD (a condition that can include emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis) can feel devastating, and while symptoms can be debilitating, there is a great deal you can do to experience

more energy * less shortness of breath * a fuller, happier life

More than 12 million people in the U.S. are currently living with COPD-and an additional 12 million may be undiagnosed-so you are clearly not alone. What's more, as Allen points out, we all have limitations we must navigate. Still, your challenges are real, and that's why Allen created this resource.

Patients at every stage of COPD can learn to work with their limitations, rather than against them, in all aspects of life-around the home, out and about, and during flare-ups. You will gain greater control over your disease and your life by learning to

breathe effectively and control coughing

best use medications, including alternative and naturopathic remedies

deal with emotional and psychological issues

identify your personal symptom triggers

exercise safely, choose optimal foods and quit if you are a smoker

Complete with tips on working with doctors, insurance companies and home-care providers, this smart, accessible information and advice is for everyone who has or cares for someone with COPD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897935531
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Series: Positive Options for Health Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 666,579
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 5.66 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Reclaim Your Life xi

1 Understanding the Respiratory System 1

The Respiratory System

The Upper Airway

The Lower Airway

How Breathing Works

How Breathing Is Controlled

How the Heart and Lungs Work Together

2 What Is COPD? 7

Chronic Bronchitis

Emphysema

Bronchial or Chronic Asthma

Do I Really Have COPD?

3 Diagnosing COPD 14

The Physical Exam

Lung Function Testing

4 Medications: What They Are and How to Use Them 19

Bronchodilators

Corticosteroids

Drug Combinations

Expectorants

Antibiotics

Leukotriene Modifiers

Benzodiazepines

Antidepressants

Medication Delivery

Metered-Dose Inhalers

Nebulizers

Oxygen

5 Alternative Therapies 37

Noninvasive Positive Pressure Respiratory Assist Devices

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Lung Transplantation

Nebulized Morphine

Naturopathic Remedies

6 Dealing with Your Emotions 43

The Grieving Process

Coping with Grief and Loss

Getting Stuck

7 Your Flare-up Action Plan 51

What Is a Flare-up?

Identify Your Triggers

Hand Washing

Get Your Flu Shot

Get a Pneumonia Shot

More Tips to Avoid Exacerbation

Prepare

End-of-Life Choices

8 Breathing More Effectively: ("Huff and Puff and Blow the House Down") 62

Pursed-Lip Breathing

Abdominal Breathing

The Walking-Breath Exercise

Control Your Cough

Airway Clearance

The Vest

Relaxation Techniques

How to Get Started

9 Exercise for Life 68

Aerobic Exercise

Flexibility

Upper-Extremity Training

Sample Exercises

Yoga/Tai Chi

Things to Avoid

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs

10 Nutrition: Food Is Energy-Energy Is Life 74

Choosing the Right Foods

Steps to Good Nutritional Health

Healthy Habits

Supplements

11 Setting Your Goals for Change 82

Plan Your Trip for Better Living

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

12 Tips and Tricks for Daily Living 88

In the Bedroom

Bathing/Showering

Grooming

In the Kitchen

Housework

Out and About

Home Safety

Emergency Response Devices

13 Taking It on the Road: Traveling with COPD 94

Where Are You Going?

Are You Healthy Enough to Travel?

How Will You Get There?

Do You Have Everything You Need?

What If You Become Sick while Traveling?

14 Smoking Cessation: Commit to Quit 100

The Ugly Facts about Cigarettes

Nicotine Addiction

Preparing to Quit

Smoking Cessation Programs

Smoking Cessation Support Groups

What to Expect When You Quit

Your Plan to Quit

What to Do If You Relapse

What If You Cannot or Do Not Want to Quit Smoking?

15 Working with the Important Members of Your Health-Care Team 111

The Doctor/Patient Relationship

Health-Care Provider Responsibilities

What If I Am Unhappy with My Care?

Medical Insurance

Friends, Family, and Significant Others

Choosing a Home-Care Provider

16 Spirituality: Finding Your Purpose, Claiming Your Power 122

Coping with COPD

What Helps Others Get Through

Conclusion: In a Nutshell 128

Glossary 129

Bibliography 133

Resources 135

Index 138

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