Thank you for the kind welcome. I was here a few years ago under another name..can't remember...so had to sign up again. I got de- railed when my DH got sick and ultimately passed away. I've had COPD for a few years, have been on Advair and Spiriva since 2008. It was working well but I seem to be going to another level lately and exhaling has been a problem the last couple of weeks. It seemed to start when I took Champix to quit smoking. Maybe I just got stressed out but can't seem to shake this problem. I can walk quite long distances without a problem, my feet give in before my breathing, but when I'm sitting or lying down the breathing starts to get troubled. It also seems to get better if I take clonazepam or something to relax me, but don't want to be doing that all the time. I realize you guys aren't doctors, but any suggestions would help. Can anyone relate to what I am experiencing? Thanks Yvrgirl
;Glad to see you back ! Sorry to hear about you DH passing . You asked for any suggestion . First I'm not a DR. So check out what I say with one I'm glad your quiting smoking . #one thing to do to help .Frankly I'm surprised you made it this far with still smoking . I would go for a complete check up .Some Dr's hear copd & don't look any further . But sob can come from other sources . especially when one is laying down . I would hope you don't dilly dally & dismiss the need to have this checked up on . Keep us posted we do care !
Hi, yvgirl. Yeah, I'm not too familiar with that experience myself. Every now and again I'll have an episode where I'm more SOB just while lying down, but not all that often and usually I'm SOB no matter what I'm doing that day. For me, sitting and laying down are the easiest things I can do.What makes you decide to try the clonazepam when you're feeling this way? Are you feeling more stressed or anxious? There is nothing wrong with having to take this drug if the symptoms are from anxiety. It was prescribed for that and I'm sure your dr. would want you to take it as needed. IF that is what is causing the symptoms. I agree with John, if this is something fairly new than it should be checked out with your dr. He may just tell you everything physical is alright, and that'd be great. But just in case.... Being able to walk distances and not getting SOB, but trouble sitting and laying down, just agree you should be checked out.
Please come back and let us know how you make out. We really care. Sue
Thanks for the replies. My specialist that originally diagnosed me has since retired and my GP has been reluctant to refer me to another one as I was still smoking. I think I will have to be more insistent and there may be other drugs that could help like Prednisone. I haven't had a pulmonary test in years. I am going for a "stress test" today for my heart. Maybe that will answer some questions. Will keep you posted. Assume SOB means short of breath? Not familiar with all the terms used here. Thanks for caring Yvrgirl
Until you can find out what the problem is you could prop yourself up with pillows when you lay down. I think there are a lot of us that need to do that. I can't sleep on either side anymore....only on my back..propped up. Outta the blue the doctor asked how many pillows I was using. I told him 3. maybe it's a sign of something. He didn't say. Good luck getting to the problem. BTW...my oxygen drops when I lay flat....which is why I'm on oxygen at night...more shallow breathing when sleeping. Better when propped up. Can't explain your sitting problem tho. You should be okay sitting. Big question mark there. Glad you are getting it checked.
Good luck with the stress test. The heart is the perfect place to start looking at what may be going on. I went through the same process when my SOB (yep, shortness of breath) became worse and I was retaining fluids.