COPD: protecting yourself from colds, watching your weight and yoga
Published 13 Apr 2018
@QUince, a member of COPD community on Carenity tells us about how doing yoga helped her improve her lung function.
Hello QUince, can you please introduce yourself in a few words?
I am a 78year old female who lives alone, I keep the house clean and tidy and love gardening.
Could you please tell us how you was diagnosed with COPD?
In February 2011 I came back from Scotland by coach, three days later I thought I had flu so kept in the warm and took flu remedies, but by the end of the week I had a job to breathe and was in so much pain I had to get a visit from my GP who diagnosed Pneumonia. So it was on to steroids and antibiotics and complete bed rest. After that I was diagnosed with COPD. I could have got the infection from the coach air conditioning.
What about your family, has anyone of them been affected by this disease as well?
No one in my family have had COPD.
What treatments were you prescribed? How satisfied are you with your treatment?
It was recommended that I use an inhaler first thing in the morning and also have one that I carry with me for use when needed.
I am very happy with my treatment, I have an annual lung function test and I can see someone at my surgery if I have a problem.
If I develop a cold it goes straight to my chest, I have a sputum chart so I know when I have a chest infection so I can go straight onto Antibiotics which I have to keep in the house. I also keep steroids in the house but so far the antibiotics have worked.
Have you tried any natural remedies, or other types of treatment (sport for example, or diet)? What were the results?
I have tried a Ciscus pipe but it didn't help. I have a healthy diet. I also use First Defence every time I leave the house to avoid colds. (it does work)
How has your life changed since the diagnosis?
I do find it difficult going uphill so I use the inhaler I carry with me. The most difficult thing is to avoid catching a cold and uphill walking.
Do you think you lead a healthy lifestyle?
I try to keep my weight between eight and a half stone and under nine stone. I took up IYENGAR YOGA last september and when I went for my annual lung function test in January I had gone up by 3% which is amazing as usually you go down.
The conclusion was that IYENGAR had improved my lung function. I go Monday, Wednesday and Friday, each class is for 90 minutes it's not easy but I do what my body will allow. It has helped my whole body so I will most definitely keep it up. Next year I hope to be even better.
What or who helps you manage your symptoms, flares and everyday tasks?
I live on my own so I manage my symptoms, flares and everyday tasks.
What would you advise other patients with COPD?
I would advise anyone with COPD to take up IYENGAR YOGA even if you don't [do other sport?] it is great for keeping your body in a better condition than before. I would suggest people look it up on Google and read how it can help you.
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