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What Triggers Your SOB? Any Advice On How To Avoid Or Recover From It?

A MyCOPDTeam Member asked a question 💭
posted November 30, 2015
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Getting up too fast, walking any distance even at a slow pace, lifting, bending over, windy days, climbing stairs. Humid weather stiffles me something awful.. Any stress or pressure situation. I have to calm my mind and focus. Use my rescue inhaler, fan myself to cool down. If all else fails, I use my nebulizer. I have to remember to take things a day at a time and a task at a time in order to finish anything and not be plum outta gas at the end of the day. I have to control my enthusiasm too. If I get too excited, it makes my breath get stupid short. I have learned to calm my mind. I have devotionals I read and become mindful of my breathing. These things usually calm me down and bring my breathing under control. Hope this helps someone!! Ms. Lizz

posted November 30, 2015 (edited)
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Stress or lifting things. Fast walks. Take things slower. Much slower. I need to keep my abuterol handy at all times. Can't avoid much unless you want to sit all day. Inactivity weakens one and adds to sob. I want quality of life.

posted November 30, 2015
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Uncontrolled exertion usually triggers a nasty bout! Sudden lifting or catching a falling object. To compound the situation the sudden shortness of breath usually triggers severe anxiety which hinders my judgement in returning to a good breathing rhythm and I'm sure we all know that the entire central nervous system gets temporarily impaired with uncontrollable shaking, syncope or releasing bodily fluids.
It might be humorous if it wasn't happening to me.
I take two puffs of ventolin, practice pursed lipped breathing and try to feel my breathing rhythm in almost a meditative state til I calm down.

posted November 30, 2015 (edited)
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Walking, housework, bathing, showering, stairs, in fact almost everything sadly

posted November 30, 2015
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I do my breathing exercise every day and do walking ,go to malls on cold or hot days ,I keep busy and never give up ,im in stage 4 and using oxygen 24/7 ,by keeping busy and working out a little I feel so much better than I did than when I was in stage two cause now im taking control of my life ,not relying on anyone ,that's the secret of taking care of your copd TAKE CONTROL,

posted November 21, 2018

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