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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Feb 10 2018 :  3:36:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did a search on these words in the subject line on this site and found much information. I suppose little else needs to be said beyond what has already been documented. Nevertheless, I do want to report my experience using .9% saline so far. If I produce as much mucus as before, it is so thin that my cilia carry it up and out automatically - meaning less to huff up. I'd swear that my O2 sats at night are up a point and maybe two presumably from simply having less, or thinner, mucus. If these observations are valid and this all continues to hold true, it will mean I enjoy a very big improvement from a very small and simple regimen.

beatlemike
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Posted - Feb 10 2018 :  4:17:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What do you mean by 9% saline? I use a nasal saline spray before putting on my 02 at bedtime to helpn the dryness.
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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Feb 10 2018 :  4:43:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually, it is .9%. In other words, less than a 1% solution. This is probably the lowest saline you can obtain. If I didn't make it clear, I inhale the nebulized liquid. This is not a nasal spray.

Edited by - SteveinMechanicsburg on Feb 10 2018 4:44:45 PM
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klm49
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Posted - Feb 10 2018 :  6:58:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveinMechanicsburg

I did a search on these words in the subject line on this site and found much information. I suppose little else needs to be said beyond what has already been documented. Nevertheless, I do want to report my experience using .9% saline so far. If I produce as much mucus as before, it is so thin that my cilia carry it up and out automatically - meaning less to huff up. I'd swear that my O2 sats at night are up a point and maybe two presumably from simply having less, or thinner, mucus. If these observations are valid and this all continues to hold true, it will mean I enjoy a very big improvement from a very small and simple regimen.



Did a Doctor prescribe this treatment for you or is it just something you do on your own?
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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Feb 10 2018 :  7:28:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This treatment isn't novel but I have taken it up on my own . . . no pulmonologist suggested it. I'd imagine if pulmonologists all had COPD, the nature and extent of what we are told might change. Not, of course, that I'd wish this malady on anybody.
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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Feb 12 2018 :  4:09:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My apologies to all readers of this topic. I just got back from the pulmonologist where I said I was using a nebulizer and .9% saline. I was told, quite emphatically, that inhaling saline can upset electrolyte balances and cause problems in other organs. The use of up to 3% saline, and only for a short time, is Rx'd by this practice only for particularly thick mucus. I am going to cease its use straightaway.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Feb 13 2018 :  12:21:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been using .9%, 3% and 7% for years under Rx from my doctors. .9% is normal saline. Once a year they test my blood for all the things and it has never been off, and I can tell you 7% is a lot more saline than .9%. It is like breathing the Dead Sea.

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rjh-spokane
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Posted - Feb 14 2018 :  03:33:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nebulizing for mucas

Several years back I went to ER with severe congestion in my lungs. The doctor there is very knowledgeable about COPD. He told me that when I get congested like that to use my nebulizer with the albuterol to thin the mucus down. He said that in the ER they would nebulize you up to seven times or more if need be. He said to use it at home that way as only you know if you need more or not. Iíve done so ever since and have not had to go back to ER in 5-6 years. He said to also use the salt water neb if you want. If I have a bad spell, I nebulize, if not successful right away I prednisone burst, 4, 4, 4, 4, 3, 3,3, 2, 2, 2, 1. I am on 1 (10 mg) all the time. If it is exceptionally bad or thick I can start on an anti-biotic of which I have four types on hand so I can always rotate from one to another.
I also have used the .9% saline without albuterol the same way. Both my pulmonary and family doctors agreed to this. I believe you are a lot better off getting rid of the mucus and getting the proper oxygen in your bloodstream to prevent organ damage than what they were saying bout blood condition
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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Feb 14 2018 :  06:19:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Confidentially, having had time to consider all this and considering the benefit I have already received from the .9% saline, I do not think I will give it up. I will not use it in a daily routine but, if and when I feel more congested than usual, I will. I should note that mucus, while always present, is neither excessive nor oppressive. Regardless, I will use saline when necessary and especially if I am unfortunate enough to get sick again.

Edited by - SteveinMechanicsburg on Feb 14 2018 06:24:02 AM
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