I'm a 63-year-old athlete with COPD. I am also a lung cancer survivor and lost one half of my right lung to this disease. I am grateful to still be here since only 16 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer survive.
I have always defined myself as an athlete. And despite obstructed breathing and a need for regular, daily medications, I still manage to climb, bike, hike and kayak regularly. Ironically, one of the things I love best was the cause of my diagnosis.
In 2008, while snowshoeing with my dog, Sophie, I slipped and fell onto a pile of sharp and jagged rocks. I was on a very steep portion of the Superior Hiking Trail in Northern Minnesota, which is quite isolated. I was knocked out and today I wonder if I might have frozen to death if Sophie hadn’t been there licking my face to wake me up. I had broken three ribs and had to hike back two miles to the lodge, leaning on Sophie the entire time.
I didn’t realize at the time how lucky that fa...
Everyone knows that breathing is essential to life. Life begins when we inhale our first breath and ends when we exhale our last breath. It’s an autonomic function we seldom think about. It’s also something that most fibromyalgia patients, as well as many other chronic pain patients, do not do correctly. People in pain will often hold their breath for short periods of time without even realizing it. And when they do breathe, they frequently have a very shallow, disordered breathing pattern. While this is probably an unconscious protective reaction to pain, it can actually increase the level of pain as well as worsening other fibromyalgia symptoms . Proper vs. Improper Breathing Breathing affects virtually every part of the body. It oxygenates the body, revitalizing organs, cells and tissues. Breathing properly: Fuels energy production Improves focus and concentration Eliminates toxins Strengthens ...
Difficulty breathing - first aid; Dyspnea - first aid; Shortness of breath - first aid
The following symptoms are often associated with difficulty breathing:
Bluish lips, fingers, and fingernails
Chest moving in an unusual way as the person breathes (may indicate an airway or chest injury)
Chest pain (could be a heart attack or injury; sharp chest pain could be pulmonary embolism or collapsed lung)
, or sleepiness
(if the person also has phlegm/sputum, this may be pneumonia; a barking cough in a child is croup)
Gurgling, wheezing , or whistling sounds
Using chest and neck muscles to breathe
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