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Birdmanca
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Posted - Jan 10 2018 :  11:01:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I tend to read at about 11 pm or so, lounging on top of the bed, always seem to fall asleep in short while, wake up at odd hours of the night, time passes then can usually fall back asleep. But feel more groggy as time goes on. Also, have not really been able to find or buy a medicine or pill that controls mucas. . It gets pretty moist daily. Anyone have these problems also? Ang any good ideas to control the excess mucas? Breathing not too great either. Hello to all on this forum. I hope to learn from it and will share what I know about Copd with the others on this forum.

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jan 10 2018 :  11:37:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am using melatonin for sleep help per MD office. As for mucus, muconix is a choice to try with lots of water. Also nebulized albuterol and saline.

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Jocopd
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Posted - Jan 11 2018 :  09:24:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are you on oxygen at night?
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Jan-KS
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Posted - Jan 11 2018 :  7:20:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Besides using mucinex and doing your regular breathing treatments AND drinking lots of water (unless you are on a limited fluid regimen), if you are on O2 and your concentrator has a place to add water - try adding distilled water so you are breathing in more humidified air. The idea is that you want to keep the mucous moist so you can cough it up easier. As far as I know mucinex is the primary drug used to help you cough and clear mucous - frankly it never has worked for me but I don't have as much of a mucous problem except when I have a cold. Buy the store brand if they have it - it is MUCH cheaper than the name brand which I used to get for 60 cents a month by prescription until they decided to go "over the counter" so that insurance doesn't pay for it and it costs you a fortune. Make sure and get the 12 hr extended relief kind.

There are also devices you can get that you blow into. They have mild to moderate resistance (depending on the setting) and it basically "exercises your lungs" and helps loosen the mucous. I can't think of the name of mine but in the hospital they called it the "pickle" because it was oddly shaped and green in color (I'm sure somebody knows the real name for it). You can also do the same thing by blowing up balloons or playing the harmonica or the recorder - anything that forces you to push air out of your lungs will make you have a more productive cough and help with the mucous.

I also purchased a percussion vibrator off of Amazon which, when placed on your chest or back will vibrate the hell out of your lungs - I believe it was made by HomeMedic - there are several other brands you just want to look for reviews from respiratory patients that state they use it to break up mucous. At it's highest setting it can actually hurt or even break a rib so you want to use it carefully. Medical supply companies also sell percussion vests that you can wear. I tried one once and for me it wasn't quite strong enough and the smallest size was too big for me so I never purchased it.

If you aren't on oxygen at night you may want to be tested for sleep apnea at a sleep clinic as well as try the 6 minute walk test to see if your oxygen levels are OK. Lack of oxygen can make you very groggy. You tend to take shallower breaths when you sleep which is probably why when most people start on oxygen they only need it for sleeping.

Jan C
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Birdmanca
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Posted - Jan 11 2018 :  11:42:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The reply I received about my Copd problems by Jan-KS was pretty much about what would help my breathing and mucus problems. I got a good answer. Thank You, Jan

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Sandy9s
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USA
316 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2018 :  5:46:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can you keep a portable oxygen machine plugged in all night long?
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jmrommes
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Posted - Jan 13 2018 :  8:54:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes. My Inogen will work 24/7 if necessary. I don't do that often, but when I'm out of the country, it really has to provide everything.
Jean

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Sokcap48
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USA
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Posted - Jan 14 2018 :  7:54:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have you been tested for sleep apnea? If not I would suggest you get one. My CPAP has made a world of difference in my sleep and me waking up feeling rested.

Paul-Ut
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