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Posted - Dec 23 2011 :  4:32:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can anyone give me any advice or information on the pros and cons of pulmonary rehabilation ?? I guess what I would really like to know is, can it make a difference ? I cannot list any of the numbers of my last PFT, but at the bottom of the page the pulmonary doctor said " very severe obstruction" , and I am on 02 24/7. Can't walk 100 feet with out taking a break. So, it is pretty BAD ! In my condition, can Rehab. help at all ? Or is it just a big waste of time and money ??


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Posted - Dec 23 2011 :  7:04:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It will help tremendously. It helps so much people do it forever, not just the recommended number of weeks/months. We don't have it in my little town and I'm going to find out where the closest one would be. I imagine I'll be driving 1 1/2 hrs. but I'll be glad to do it.

One lady, after going to rehab, was able to put off needing a transplant and now shops her little heart out.

Please go. You won't regret it. There are no "cons" only "pros'.

Edited by - Sandy07 on Jan 09 2012 09:59:52 AM
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Posted - Dec 23 2011 :  9:26:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is no con to pulmonary rehab, only pros. Great for the mind and body.

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Posted - Dec 24 2011 :  12:00:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much for your input. It is nice to get a little encouraging news. I guess that the bottom line is to try to maximize the lung function that you have left, regardless of how little that may be. I don't expect miracles, but a little improvement would be nice. Sandy, you sound like a real upbeat person, I wish you the best
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Posted - Jan 10 2012 :  10:50:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just started pulmonary rehab yesterday and am so amazed at the people I met there. Most of them were people who have been coming for years, and all of them were smiling and having a good time. It was like walking into a large family gathering where everyone was happy to be there. I talked to one gentleman who was on the machine next to me, and he said he had been coming for over 10 years and comes at least 3 days a week. He was on oxygen, needed a walker, and was able to do just about everything that didn't require a lot of walking.

I will be going twice a week before work, and hope to continue for a long time. All of the respiratory techs working with us were very friendly and knowledgable, and it just felt like they want us to do well. I highly recommend it!!

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