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homegirl1966
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Posted - Feb 07 2016 :  7:42:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does any one know why or what makes you short of breath when you shower? I have copd and on oxygen 24/7 3Lrs, but seems like I get so short of breath....Is there a way to stop this ...thanks for any help


Linda

Sam-Tx
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Posted - Feb 08 2016 :  08:02:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Other than the fact that you are probably standing up and exerting energy, hot humid air holds less oxygen per cubic foot than cold dry air. Turn your oxygen up higher when you are showering.
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Sokcap48
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Posted - Feb 08 2016 :  08:31:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Agree with Sam turn up your O2. Also you are probably moving your arms faster than you are a custom to, slow down some. Another thing that will help in the long run is do arm exercises that are over your head. Say when you are sitting watching TV take light weights 1-3 pound and do over the head push-ups with the weights. Not a cure-all but has helped me some. Something I forgot to mention- I also have Teak wood shower bench. So I can sit down if I want to for a minute or so.

Paul-Ut
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Edited by - Sokcap48 on Feb 08 2016 08:49:02 AM
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Sam-Tx
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Posted - Feb 08 2016 :  8:46:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like Paul, I also have a shower bench. It's a great idea and it helps a lot!
Then add a flexible hose to your shower head and you've got a much less stressful shower.
And Paul's suggestions on the arm exercises are a must!
Sam
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homegirl1966
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Posted - Feb 12 2016 :  6:40:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thank you all so much I will try what you have suggest thank you so much.
Linda

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