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How do you cope with flare ups?

Had a cold last week and felt rotten like you do.
At the weekend I got "the cough" went to gp on Monday and got anti b's and a 5 day course of steroids . Told I am wheezesy but no crackles so no infection.
Well here I am at 2.30 am on Thursday coughing myself silly.
Should I go back to GP? My stomach and back ache like crazy due to the coughing.
I don't want to block an appointment slot, if there is nothing they can do.
Advice please,

tags: COPD flare up

posted about 7 hours ago by A MyCOPDTeam User
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Hi Gill.
Good morning, I would advise you to see your doctor asap, don't take chances.
Breath easy.
God bless.

posted about 3 hours ago

Breathing issues going from Denver to Omaha

I am a 71 years young, retired, male. Survived two strokes in 2009, multiple bouts of pneumonia, and (end of life)stage emphysema. Currently on 5L oxy, 24/7. Minimum activity will take my pulse/ox to low 80/upper 70. I have to immediately stop to recover back to mid 90. We are considering a move back to our home area in the Omaha, NE region. What challenges will I face in the change in altitude, pressure, air quality, dryness, etc.
Appreciate any comments, input.

posted about 10 hours ago by A MyCOPDTeam User
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I wonder why you haven't just turned up your oxygen are smart enough to use the oximeter...a must, now when it tells you your saturation is… read more

posted about 9 hours ago

My lung doctor doesn't seem to want to treat my lungs as much as he wants to sell me a new bipap machine and do and additional sleep study

It just so happens he owns a sleep study lab . I had a very comprehensive 2 night sleep study done at a reputable hospital a little over 2 years ago by my sleep doctor. I suspect I am going to cancel my sleep study and appointment with this doctor and find another lung doctor.
Any suggestions?

posted about 13 hours ago by A MyCOPDTeam User
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Sounds like he may not have your best interests at heart.....another doc could be more interested in you.

posted about 12 hours ago

Does anyone have Microbacterium, along with COPD?

posted 1 day ago by A MyCOPDTeam User
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with my answer l am sorry if l sounded mea,didn't mean too

posted about 5 hours ago


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posted 1 day ago by A MyCOPDTeam User

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New confussed and worried

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tags: Copd exacerbation

posted 1 day ago by A MyCOPDTeam User
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posted 1 day ago

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posted 1 day ago by A MyCOPDTeam User
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