COPD – Not Me!

 

Over the past couple of years, I’ve literally lost count of the number of people telling me they have COPD. This is a condition affecting the lungs and subsequently the ability to breathe. 

According to https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-(copd)

Symptoms of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Include:

Breathlessness (or a “need for air”), chronic cough, and sputum (mucous) production. Daily activities, such as walking up a short flight of stairs or carrying a suitcase, and even daily routine activities can become very difficult as the condition gradually worsens. Sufferers also frequently experience exacerbations, that is, serious episodes of increased breathlessness, cough and sputum production that last from several days to a few weeks. These episodes can be seriously disabling and result in need for urgent medical care (including hospitalization) and sometimes death. Symptoms are usually apparent after 40 -50 yrs of age.

In the past 12 months I’ve noticed a wheezing in my chest and a tightness plus a chesty type cough & you can guess the rest right?

So off I went to my GP (Whom I have to say I haven’t visited for at least 6 years) usually as a healer I cure my own ailments but somewhere in the midst of panic at not being able to breath well I forgot this and off I trotted.

This is really how it went….

Doctor: What seems to be the problem?

Me: Well over the past year I’ve noticed a wheezing in my chest at night and it’s loud. Also in the last 12 weeks my chest has been really tight.

Doctor: Ok let me examine your breathing & temperature (Temperatures normal & breathing a definite wheeze)

Doctor: I’d like to check your blood to see if you have a virus or infection ( A finger prick test done) No infection No virus.

Me: That’s great news do you think it could be the change in weather?

Doctor: Possibly but I’d like to prescribe a spray to open up your airways –  You can take two puffs up to 4 times a day but if that doesn’t help, we’ll need to investigate further.

Me: For what? (And here it comes….)

Doctor: Well looking at your age it could be something like COPD.

Me: No I definitely don’t think it’s that!

Doctor: I’m not saying it is, just it might be the start of.

Me: No it definitely won’t be

Doctor: Ok but how can you be so sure?

Me: Because I won’t allow it.

At this point the Doctor sat upright in his chair looking confused and said “COPD isn’t something we choose, it’s just something that happens at a certain age to certain people” ” I’d like to put a question to you – How have you managed for 12 months with this wheeze?” For a moment I thought ……Actually I said, when it first started I was running Laughter Therapy sessions and the symptoms disappeared completely for around 8 or 9 months – I actually haven’t had the symptoms for 12 months, that’s when it first started. So he asked…. That’s interesting, are you still running them? Not at the moment as around 3 months ago my work as a healer became more  demanding and I stopped.

Then it dawned on me…..

Exactly 3 months ago I stopped running laughter classes and forgot to do the exercises and exactly 3 months ago my symptoms came back.

Just in case you’re wondering, I didn’t take the spray but I have started up my laughter exercises every morning and my breathing is pretty much back to normal.

 
 

This post isn’t aimed to guide anyone away from breathing medications, nor is it meant in anyway to question a COPD diagnosis but from a personal perspective…..COPD – NOT ME!

 

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3 thoughts on “COPD – Not Me!

  1. Oh wow, that’s interesting. I imagine that’s partly the stretching of the muscles around the ribs and diaphragm, opening up the chest allowing the bronchi and such to get more oxygen, while also loosening anything inside the lungs to clear them out. I really do hope that laughter therapy continues to benefit you, mind, body, soul & lungs! I have bronchiectasis, recently diagnosed, with apparently long term damage now due to the recurrent chest infections I had the other year. I’m on inhalers and feeling a bit out of sorts with it.. maybe I’ll look into some laughter therapy! Worth a try and it’s great it’s helped you! 🙂
    Caz xx

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  2. Hi Caz so sorry for the late response yes you’re right, laughing does exactly that to the body. You don’t even have to go to a class to get the benefits of laughter yoga. What I’m about to say will sound bonkers but I do it each morning and it really works. Go to the bathroom mirror and pull the most ridiculous face. Stick your tongue out and have a rally good laugh at yourself. When you start, believe me you won’t stop. You mood will lift and your lungs will feel much clearer. Don’t worry if the laughter feels forced at first….Evidence has shown, your body can’t tell the difference between fake laughter and genuine. Just give it a try I’m sure you will see benefits . Julie xx

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