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Was put on oxygen 24/7 back in February when diagnosed with COPD. Has anyone been on oxygen & "improved" enough to go off oxygen?

over 7 years ago
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Improving enough to get off O2 depends on a whole variety of things. If you just wear it to do your usual things, chances aren't all that good, unless you were recently in the hospital and were discharged with O2. If you were recently hospitalized and were discharged with O2, it really depends on what you do. If you use it to exercise daily to increase your stamina and improve your strength, you might be able to get to the point where you won't need it, but it will take a good deal of hard work.

In 2003, I was discharged from the hospital on O2 24/7. I used the O2 to exercise and between exercise and diet, I lost over 100 pounds and was able to get of the O2 completely for about 8 years. Now I use O2 for sleep, exercise and flying.


over 7 years ago (edited)
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I go to an adult wellness center 5 days a week to exercise. We have formed a small group that works out together. It really helps when you have others to work with. Some only come 3 days a week. But at least they are showing up and trying to make a difference. It really helps to continue an exercise program. I use oxygen when I am active and sleeping. I am on 2 LPM. About a year ago my Pulmonary Doctor told me my lungs were 23% better than they were the year before. I know it is due to my faith in God and my continued exercise program... Keep it up Kenneth...

over 3 years ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I know a few people that have got off oxygen, 4 years ago I had to have 5 LPM sitting and 8 LPM walking , today I need zero oxygen sitting and 3LPM walking.
I achieved this with prayer , exercise, diet, and breathing technique . I live at 5,280 foot altitude, and will go down to 480 foot altitude next month to see if I can give up the oxygen while walking .

over 3 years ago
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I was on Oxygen 24/7 for a couple of months.....went to pulmonary rehab for 3 months was completely off of oxygen....and every since I swim every day shortness of breath swimming as I have with walking and other forms of exercize.....but NO oxygen....just inhalers.

almost 4 years ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

COPD I found out when I went to respiratory therapy
That I was a retainer of c02
So until I could release the c02 nothing would work
Think of your lungs as sponges
It doesn't care what it sucks up
But when it's full
It won't suck up anything
Until you ring it out
Same with the lungs
It doesn't care what it sucks up
When they are full
Nothing else goes in
Meds don't work right
Because they are not getting to the diseased
Part of the lungs
Remember as a kid blowing bubbles in milk
It helps release the c02
Get a hard plastic bottle with a lid
And a straw
Fill the bottle half way with room temperature
Filtered water
Inhale through your nose
Exhale into the straw slowly
Using your diaphragm or belly
Making bubbles in the water
Do it before you take any meds
Start with 5 minutes
10 times a day
First thing in the morning when you get up
And the last thing you do before bed
Keep the straw in the bottle
Keep the lid on it
Carry it wherever you go
It will teach you
Pursed lipped breathing
But it sounds like you are packed with c02
So the more you use it the better you will feel
Helps with anxiety and panic
And controls breathing
So I'm not hyper ventilating
I know it works for me
Good luck
In my prayers
Slow and steady we go
Never alone

over 6 years ago

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