If you have COPD, then you know the road ahead of you will be challenging. However, that does not mean that dealing with your disease is impossible. In fact, with a little bit of planning, you can create a lifestyle plan to help you live well with COPD. Below, we will give you some tips for creating your COPD action plan.
Make Lifestyle Changes
A healthy lifestyle can go a long way. While it can be difficult to change your routine, simple lifestyle swaps can help you feel your best. For example, eating healthy and getting good sleep can both increase your energy and help you manage your symptoms. Of course, avoiding cigarettes is another crucial lifestyle swap for COPD patients.
Manage Your Medications
There are different medications that can be used to manage COPD symptoms. However, it can take some trial-and-error to find the medications that work best for you. Your doctor can help you choose daily medications, oxygen treatments, and/or inhaler treatments. Be honest with your doctor so that he or she can make the best drug selections.
Gather Your Information
Because COPD is a chronic condition, the state of your health can change over time. It is important to make a note of important medical information in case you need emergency treatment. Keep track of your lung function measurements, current medications, and recent vaccinations. It can be helpful to have this information written on a piece of paper in case you need it. Also, be sure that you have all of your doctor’s information written down in case of an emergency.
Is Your COPD Under Control?
COPD can be difficult to manage. If you are not finding relief with your current medications, then a clinical trial might be able to help. DM Clinical Research is currently recruiting patients to participate in a COPD research study. Click here to learn more.