You would think that breathing would be as easy as inhaling and exhaling, requiring no thought at all. But for people with COPD, breathing can sometimes be very difficult - sometimes seeming almost impossible. Today we're going to begin to talk about proper breathing techniques with COPD. Some of these techniques can be used with other pulmonary disorders as well, but as always, check with your doctor or respiratory health care professional before starting to use any new technique or exercise. We talk a lot here about knowing what's going on in your lungs, and when it comes to breathing techniques, this is no exception. Remember, we're here to help take away some of the mystery - and the confusion - about why in the heck it can be so hard to breathe! Here are some key terms and abbreviations: COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease SOB - Shortness of Breath (also called dyspnea - disp´-nee-uh) PLB - Pursed Lips Breathing DB - Diap...
When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes mild breathing problems are from a stuffy nose or strenuous exercise.
Many conditions can make you feel short of breath. Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or pneumonia cause breathing difficulties. Heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body and stress caused by anxiety can make it hard for you to breathe.
Several breast cancer treatments may cause breathing problems or shortness of breath:
some hormonal therapies:
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), a targeted therapy
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
A number of pain medications, such as...
The use of narcotic drugs such as opioids has been up and down over the years. Concern about dependence and addiction led to tighter controls on their long-term use. But an increase in support for their use in the late 1990s brought the debate back out into the open. As a result, there was a rash of studies done using opioids for chronic pain problems. In this report, the issues are reviewed and the results of recent randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) are presented. Most of the studies done were with arthritic patients and people with neuropathic (nerve-related) pain. There had been some belief that opioids couldn't treat neuropathic conditions effectively. The studies all showed that opioids do, indeed, control pain in all conditions tested. But it should be noted that the studies were short-term and the doses used were moderate. Although pain was well-controlled, this did not always translate into improved function. Function was defined differently in various studies but included mot...
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