Chronic Lung Disease is any illness of the lungs that can have a profound affect on the your quality of life. The disease can affect your daily activities, your hobbies, your travel and your relationships but one of the biggest aspects of a person’s life that is affected is mobility. As we recall, COPD has two types such as pink puffer and blue bloater.
Loss of mobility can be damaging not only to the overall quality of life but also to a your mental well-being. A person who could once walk and go about daily activities with no problems who gradually becomes unable to do these things may become depressed and withdrawn. But there are ways to get around this inevitable side affect of COPD.
First of all, lets start when a your first diagnosed. Just because you’ve been told you have this disease, it does not mean you have to stop living. There will be a few more detours and bumps in the road but you can still get out and about.
Exercise is one of the best ways to keep you in top shape and will help you stay mobile for longer. Get into a routine and stick with it as much as possible. It is also a good idea to maintain a healthy diet and get rid of any bad habits you may have like smoking as it will only aid in a much a faster progression of the disease.
You should take any advice you get from your doctor seriously. Loss of mobility in COPD patients can come about due to many reasons and can happen at various times in the illness for different people. When the time comes that you’re finding it harder and harder to get around, there are some options for you.
Most people with COPD report that the use of oxygen therapy helps them be able to get things done easier. There are also many devices made for the purpose of helping people with mobility issues get around easier. There are a variety of walkers, mobility scooters and wheelchairs available.
No matter how difficult your mobility issues, it is important for you to continue to live your life. Living with COPD isn’t easy but there is no sense in making it any harder than it already is. Nothing good is going to come from sitting in the house alone feeling depressed over your loss of mobility.
Get out as much as possible even if it means using a walker , wheelchair or mobility scooter, call on friends to help. The disease is not going away so you’ll have to learn to live with it. Use whatever means are available to make your life as normal as possible.
With the help of your family, friends and health-care practitioners, you should be able to handle the issue of mobility with ease.