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Fatigue

  • Plan ahead
  • Set priorities and make choices about what you want to use your energy for.
  • Sit for activities that cost energy, e.g. washing or preparing meals.
  • Rest before and after activities e.g. shopping or bathing.
  • If you are on long term oxygen, stock up before and after any activity. Better still, keep it on!

 

Breathlessness

  • Breathing control and learning to relax can help breathing to be more effective.
  • Breathe in slowly through your nose and out slowly through your mouth.
  • Adopt a comfortable posture, shoulders and chest relaxed.
  • Avoid activities which you know will make you very breathless. Are these ?must do? activities?, Do you have to do them personally?, Is there another way to do it?
  • Small, regular meals are important as nutrition will help build chest muscles and protect against chest infections.
  • Large meals or gas forming foods can lead to stomach distension which makes breathing more difficult, and should be avoided.
  • Early intervention if you suspect you may have a chest infection is vital. Contact your GP if you feel you may have a chest infection. Signs to look for are increased breathlessness, productive cough, wheeze, and chest pain.

 

Swollen Ankles

  • Contact your GP if you suddenly or gradually notice that your ankles are swollen!. If you are in any doubt, contact your nurse specialist who will advise.
  • If you are on ?water tablets? ensure that these are taken as prescribed. If you miss a dose you should endeavour to take it as soon as you remember.
  • Many people find that their ankles swell a little if they are standing for a long time. If this is the case for you, it is important to ?put your feet up? as soon as it is possible.
  • Sudden weight gain associated with feeling more short of breath should not be ignored, and this should be reported to your GP.
  • Keep an eye on your weight, perhaps weekly.

 

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