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Emphysema Fatigue: How to Boost Energy Levels

19 Aug 2016
| Under Emphysema, Lung Disease | Posted by | 17 Comments
Emphysema Fatigue: How to Boost Energy Levels

Although symptoms of emphysema may seem only slight inconveniences at first, it’s important to live a lifestyle that allows as much energy as possible for daily tasks and to simply enjoy life. Check your vitals regularly, and know that a significant decline in your pulmonary function indicates that it’s time to see a doctor. Let’s talk about Emphysema Fatigue: How to Boost Energy Levels. There are a number of considerations and things a person can do feel better and have more energy.

Pursed-Lip Breathing

This technique involves learning how to inhale through the nose and exhale, slowly, through pursed lips. The pursed-lip breathing method can help reduce shortness of breath while doing any physical activity. Mastering this technique can help keep anxiety from becoming panic during an acute attack of shortness of breath.

Prioritize

Try simplifying tasks and setting realistic goals. When contending with a chronic condition, it’s sometimes necessary to change the way we do things. If you try to do too much, you may run out of energy before the end of the day. Plan ahead for chores, exercise and recreation, and do things that require more energy during times when you feel your best.

Plan to Rest

Get a good night’s sleep, and elevate your head while sleeping. Don’t over-nap during the day—otherwise, you may not be able to fall sleep at night, making emphysema fatigue worse. If you feel tired during an activity, it’s ok to stop and rest. Take care of all your grooming activities while sitting down. If you feel exhausted, ask for help. For more energy-saving tips, ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist.

Emphysema Fatigue: How to Boost Energy LevelsGeneral Health Tips to Conserve Energy and Fight Emphysema Fatigue

Quit Smoking

As we’ve mentioned before, smoking is among the worst health choices anyone can make and the first step for anyone suffering the effects of emphysema. Smoking saps your strength and further damages the lungs, and for a person with emphysema, it’s critical to avoid worsening the symptoms of lung disease. If you have quit, congratulations. It’s a Big Deal, and living smoke-free will afford you more energy for daily activities, especially in the long run.

Get a Flu Shot

Perhaps the most important element of emphysema disease management is maintaining one’s health. Through diet, nutrition and regular exercise, it’s possible to provide the body with more natural energy through simple exercise and getting immunizations for the flu and other infectious viruses. Unfortunately, complications of flu and pneumonia are common in those with a respiratory illness, which can worsen emphysema fatigue. To avoid this, stay up-to-date on immunizations.

Get Outside

According to the Journal of Environmental Psychology, spending time in fresh air, surrounded by nature, increases energy in 90 percent of people. Natural surroundings provide fuel for our souls, so if lung disease is sapping your energy, consider taking a walk outdoors instead of reaching for a cup of coffee or an energy drink.

Emphysema can be a devastating disease if left untreated, and time can be a factor in any decision. If you’re looking to take a more proactive approach to your health, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like emphysema, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 for more information and to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

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17 Comments

  1. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Peter,

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell therapy and to discuss your options with you, so feel free to contact us at (855) 3131-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Theresa,

    Many of our patients with pulmonary fibrosis have seen improvements to their overall quality of life after treatment with us. Some of them have been able to reduce their oxygen use after discussing it with their doctor. At the Lung Institute, our stem cell treatments are minimally invasive and outpatient. We don’t treat people who have cancer. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding stem cell therapy and to discuss your options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  3. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Gary,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, at this time, most doctors aren’t going to recommend anything that is not considered traditional medicine, especially when the treatment is not yet covered by insurance. Generally, doctors practice traditional medicine and are very statistical. Even though there are many advancements in the field of regenerative medicine, many doctors are still skeptical. However, we are hopeful that in the future stem cell treatment will be covered by insurance. Keep in mind that this process can take time though. Also, feel free to share our most recent findings with your doctors, and remember that we are happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators today. We hope this helps you, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Theresa Thompson

    3 months ago

    I have pulmonary fibrosis and a auto immune disease called Sjogrens. I am down to 50 percent of my lungs. I have never smoked nor does anyone in our home smoke. I suffer from chronic fatigue. My question is what if any are the dangers of doing the stem cell therapy if you have these conditions. Also does this cause cancer to grow faster if you were unaware that you might have cancer.

  5. Myron Janisch

    3 months ago

    Hello; Gayle,Barbara.W
    I have a son 54 years old he has COPD also.He just hasn’t the will power to stop also a son in law who quit 10 years ago said its the hardest thing thing to do.Im 88 & never smoked.I am very health concious.

    For my son Scott I found a herb treatment on one of the many e-mails i receive every day and sent for it.He said after a couple days he could smell things he hadn’t for a long time.But he lives alone sits and watches TV day & nite.You can lead a horse to water but u cant make him drink.

    Here is the name RESPRIN herbal treatment cost around $16.00 90 caps
    nu century herbs,inc 877-473-7774.made in USA.
    I am not connected w/company I just like to help people.

    Regards Myron BEST OF LUCK TO YOU

  6. Peter Jovanovic

    3 months ago

    I understand that stem cell treatments are not covered by any insurance companies however with someone on a low income are there any payment options such as monthly billing?

  7. Gary Ellis

    3 months ago

    I have chronic enphesima and pulmonary fibrosis and am seeing 3 doctors and they say stem cell application is a scam, has not been authenicated by the medical profession. I am on esbriet meds, spririva inhaler, and epo shots to improve my hemoglobin level. my hemoglobin level has improved since my last shot in june 2016 to 11.0 from 8.8 in june 2016

  8. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Nancy,

    Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Nancy

    3 months ago

    Is this stem cell therapy covered by insurances?

  10. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear G. Lockwood,

    Like you, many people with COPD and emphysema experience shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. It’s best to continue following your doctor’s treatment plan for you and to discuss your questions and concerns with your doctor. At the Lung Institute, a member of our medical staff extracts the stem cells from the patient, separates the cells in our on-site lab and then returns the stem cells to the patient through an IV. Many people with COPD have found stem cell therapy helpful in improving their quality of life. We are happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. G. Lockwood

    3 months ago

    I have COPD, Emphesema & a portion of my left and right lung removed. I have shortness of breath many times during the day & use every available devise my Dr. Has me on, including oxygen at night. Have no ambition to do anything any more. Can you explain cell stem therapy @ would it help me?

  12. sh

    3 months ago

    Hello Gayle,

    Thank you for your comment. No matter how hard it may seem to quit smoking, it can be done. Don’t give up. Here’s a link featuring our smoking cessation guide: https://lunginstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/WeekCessationGuide_InHouse.pdf
    If you have any questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

    Kind Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  13. Gayle

    3 months ago

    Me with having emphysemia, and to top it off I still smoke, looking for the best way to quit, I have tried, it’s the hardest thing to do, I always start back up, you would think when you can’t breathe very well you would quit!

  14. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Barbara,

    Thanks for your comment. It sounds like you are taking many proactive steps in your healthcare, including eating a healthy diet, exercising, taking your medications and seeing your doctor regularly. While there isn’t a Lung Institute clinic near you in the Hawaiian Islands, we do have clinics located nationwide, including in Dallas, Scottsdale, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Tampa. The Dallas or Scottsdale clinics are most likely the closest clinics to you. We’re happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Gayle,

    Fatigue is a common symptom for people with chronic conditions, such as chronic lung disease. It’s important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor, especially if your symptoms are new, worsening or changing. Your doctor will likely have tips to help improve your energy levels.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  16. Gayle

    4 months ago

    I still work 8 hrs a day, by the time I get home and cook and clean up, I usually fall asleep, energy is gone by that point, haven’t seen a full TV show in a long time…wish I could stay awake!

  17. Barbara W. ( Big Island, Hawaii)

    4 months ago

    I was diagnosed with emphysema seven years ago ( I am 66 years old). I also have chronic bronchitis and to make things worse I was born with asthma. My living situation is wet and very, very dusty, which doesn’t help matters.
    I’ve been on Albuterol inhale all my life and Advir & Spiriva for many, many years. I started using a nebulizer 35 years ago. I’m very strict when it comes to my health. I juice, eat lean meats, lots of fish (especially salmon !), drink lots of water, take amazing nutritional supplements and practice yoga. All this and my health & lungs continue to worsen.
    I am very interested in stem cell treatments but there are no clinics that I know of here in the Hawaiian Islands. What else is there left for me to do? I am getting desperate! I want to watch my 5 grandchildren grow up!
    Is there anyone out there who can help me?

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