I have lost a lot of weight and body mass, Dr. says its normal with COPD ,eat more daily,anyone else having this problem, any subjections.
My low weight has been a concern for a long time. I found some good tips for weight gain, muscle strengthening, and increasing stamina. I have found that it is possible to gain about a pound a week. The weight training helps to put the weight where it needs to go! I walk quite a bit, too. While I was in the hospital last month with bronchitis ( I was too busy to heed the warning signs that I was getting sick) my lung function tests were very low. I was freaked out for sure! The outcome was that I needed home oxygen. My doctor even suggested that I quit my parttime job. After the antibiotics kicked in and I got home from the hospital, I began the changes that would affect the rest of my life. I quit smoking the day I went to the hospital. (week 5 with no cigarettes!!)
I continued on my meds, ordered my home o2 concentrator and got an o2 finger monitor to track my oxygen levels and I did a lot of pursed breathing. My levels were up in the mid-90s. I feel that just stopping cigs was making all the difference. I saw my doc a week after I was discharged. He was a little surprised. He wrote a return to work note for my boss. I am on oxygen at night and while I exercise and weight train. I have gained about 4 pounds. That is harder than one might think and it still goes up and down by a pound or so. I bought a spirometry for home use and it was also an eye-opener. When I first started, (two days after I got home from the hospital) my readings were in the 30's.
UGH! It's been a lot of hard work with lung expansion exercises and deep breathing and getting out every bit of air that I can, I am having some great improvement in my readings. I am consistently in the high 40s to mid 50 %!! I even had a 59% twice!! COPD is such a complex illness and it's going to take all of us doing all we can each day to take care of ourselves each day. There is so much going on every day just to make it through the day and being able to breathe! This started out about weight gain and I just got off on every subject. Sorry about that. I just know that there is help and there is hope for all of us!! Blessings for the day!
I went from 146 to 95, am 5' tall, no actually 4' 11", I forgot I lost an inch. I've read that it's normal in stage 4 (end stage) to lose weight. I've been in very severe stage 4 for at least 3 years. I have found that I really don't have much appetite plus it takes a LOT of energy to eat! I am on 3 L o2, 24/7. One day out of curiosity I took my o2 off while eating, went down to 82%. That said, I just try to make everything I eat count, as in high protein & carbs for energy. I've even been using the store brand ensure for when I just can't force myself to eat.
@A MyCOPDTeam Member My weight gain took a long time. It took over 6 months to gain 8 lbs. I hit 20 lbs about 2 months ago and am at 112 now. Took well over a year to get here. Keep doing what you are doing and EXERCISE!
I am no doctor and certainly don't have a "for sure" answer for you, but I think that when you eat you use so much energy that you get tired, added to that the fact that it takes a lot of energy to breathe in the first place, and a person as small as you are it would be very difficult to breathe I'm sure. Take those naps if you need them, there's nothing wrong with that. As far as your appetite goes, I'm sorry but I have no suggestions for that unless it would be to drink some Boost or Ensure or one of those protein drinks; or drink more of them, I don't know how many a person is supposed to have in a day. They are a little pricey though. Good luck to you anyway.
Hi all, I certainly relate to the drastic weight loss, normal weight for me was around 125 to 130. I now go between 97 to 100( depending on the scales). Have tried to figure out how to gain it back and was told I probably won't. My eating habit is not great I eat when I'm hungry and have tried the boost and don't like the taste. Anyone have any suggestions on how to boost up the boost to drink them? With all the medical findings, why haven't there been anything to cure COPD??