Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for a group of conditions which cause long-term damage to the airways, including Bronchitis, Emphysema, Lung Damage, Chronic Asthma and more.
The Your Voice COPD Group meets 1st Tuesday of the month 1-3pm and offers peer support to one and other. There are gentle activities and occasional guest speakers, conversations, tea, coffee and snacks, and tips / techniques on how to manage the condition.
“Difficulty in filling my lungs” "Chest Tightness"
"Gasping for Air" "Can't catch my breath"
COPD is a condition which you may have put up with for many years without realising it - like when a chest infection won't go away or seems to get worse. So a diagnosis can come as a shock.
The main symptoms of COPD are coughing, producing sputum (phlegm), breathlessness or wheezing. You might notice other symptoms such as chest infections, tiredness or weight loss - your doctor will ask about your smoking history as this is often, but not always, the cause of COPD.
If you suffer from these symptoms you should always see your doctor first - Your Voice is NOT a medical support group.
If you have been diagnosed with COPD, your doctor will have recommended your best course of treatment, but you can check HERE for more information on how the condition can be lived with going forward.
There are many types of physical activity, and not necessarily the same as being physically fit - walking, housework, gardening, sport, play and dance being some.
Peer support groups at Your Voice aim to engage the user with the benefits of being active with like minded people affected by the condition. People with COPD can improve their condition through being active.
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