I dragged an oxygen tank around for 4 years before my transplant. You can strengthen yourself to do many of the exercises that well people do. It will take some time and modification, but I spent 3.5 hours a day in a pre=transplant exercise program at Duke University Hospital. I was with 60 other people with COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Alpha-1, etc. I will be happy to help (but I am not a medical person) I learned a lot in the 7 months I spent there waiting for lungs. I was so strong by then I actually got up 18 hours after surgery and started walking laps aroung the ICU unit. My lung function the day before was 17%...so I know how important it is to develop a daily routine - no matter how little breath you have left. You can do it!
Edited by: TRACKSALL at: 12/12/2012 (04:17)
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My father had PF. The best exercise we found for him (and was very effective in helping with symptoms of PF) was going to cardio/pulmonary rehab. We saw immediate improvement when he started. It's not just about the exercise, they also teach you effective ways to breathe, use oxygen, etc. The rehab is affiliated with a local hospital. Medicare paid for his visits.
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I totally understand about the muggy weather. I usually walk outside but this summer has been unbearably muggy where I live too. Keep up your routine. Good for you. It's taking me awhile to totally accept this condition but now I'm ready to move on. All the best
Hi, I read your post and looked for some information as I wasn't sure about exercise that would be helpful to you with your illness. I did find some information specifically on aerobic and strength exercise with pulmonary fibrosis. Here is the link:
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