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Breathing Issues Going From Denver To Omaha

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 March 21, 2018
A MyCOPDTeam Member

The lower altitude makes it easier to breathe that's a guarantee. Something that you're going to have to wait and see about is air quality. You can check an EPA website called Airnow.gov to see what the air quality is like anywhere in the US at any time. That is very important to be aware of because those of us with COPD need to be aware of when air particulates are high. Our lungs can't expel them like healthy lungs can and too much exposure can cause our airways to become inflamed. As I type this the air quality in Denver and Des Moines is good. The air quality in Lincoln and Omaha is not. Overall the air quality in Omaha is slightly better than Denver.

posted March 22, 2018
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I wonder why you haven't just turned up your oxygen flow...you are smart enough to use the oximeter...a must, now when it tells you your saturation is low... improve it...yes, double check with your doctor. I improve going 'down' altitude, but can do anything (almost) that I want if I increase my flow, for fast walking I use 8 to 15 liters (it depends if there is a hill, on stairs I use 15 L. you may need to have a test done to see if you can get a high flow home concentrator, and portables that give you more. As Dr Tom Petty said "Titrate as you migrate" or turn up the oxygen as you move more. Good luck. I stay here because family is here. If family and support is at your old home state, by all means move there. good luck - you can do it :>)

posted March 21, 2018
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I moved from the mountains of Portugal to sea level in England, my breathing improved immediately, I have no idea what the topography of your location but I hope it helps.

posted June 5, 2018
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I think you'll find that you don't need as much O2 and that you'll be able to do a lot more with a lot less. I live in Des Moines, and I have a tough time in Denver. It's a lot easier at home! Air quality should be similar to Denver, there will be dust during planting and harvest time, but that doesn't last that long and it's not that bad in town. You might find the humidity a problem in the height of summer.

posted March 21, 2018
A MyCOPDTeam Member

yes the previous posts are correct,air quality is life and death.we can not afford to expose what little good lung tissue we have left.I live in Windsor canada across the river from detroit,mi.I know when the levels are high,which is most of the time,i can not walk too far before i notice my lungs starting to burn and its time to get inside or at least into my air conditioned car,or i feel a panic attack coming on.Life is a roller-coaster ride at best,but when you realise what you have to cope with,you have to change accordingly.You can only use the tools you have,if we had the money of our government officials we could make our own clean air.lol..and make them breathe our air for awile..

posted March 31, 2019

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