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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

When to Call Your Doctor

It is important to contact your physician at the first sign of infection or illness. Here is a list of signs and symptoms that you will need to report to your doctor as soon as possible:

  • Increased shortness of breath• Increased mucus production or thicker mucus
  • A change in color of your mucus (yellow, green, gray or blood tinged mucus may be a sign of an infection• Increased wheezing (high pitched, noisy breathing)
  • Increased coughing
  • Cold and flu symptoms, such as a runny nose, achiness or chills• A fever or any unusual rise in body temperature above what is normal for you
  • Fatigue, feeling more tired than you usually do• Swelling in the ankles or legs, or puffiness around your eyes
  • A loss of appetite (more than you usually do)• Any chest discomfort, including tightness, pressure, heaviness or pain in the chest, arms, jaw, or back
  • Heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat

 

Conserving Energy When You Have Pulmonary Disease

Conserving energy is a very important part of your treatment plan, by practicing the following principles you will avoid fatigue and breathlessness by finding the easiest ways of doing your work. The following principles should be applied to all aspects of your life.

Pacing

Planning

Prioritizing

Posture

Proficiency

Pacing Activities

Self-Care

Housekeeping