Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) damages your lungs. This can make it hard for you to get enough oxygen. While there is no cure for COPD, you can do many things to control your symptoms and make your life better.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your lungs.
What will make my COPD worse?
What are some signs that my breathing is getting worse and I should call the doctor? What should I do when I feel I am not breathing well enough?
Am I taking my COPD medicines the right way?
What shots or vaccinations do I need?
Are there changes in my diet that will help my COPD?
What do I need to do when I am planning to travel?
What are some exercises I can do to keep my muscles strong, even if I cannot walk around very much?
How can I save some of my energy around the house?
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Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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