Powerbreathe medic update.
I bought a COPD screener and diagnosed myself because Dr agreed I was misdiagnosed for years as asthmatic but didn't test to see why I was short of breath, and I was disturbed enough to figure it out myself and then get diagnosis of COPD moderate confirmed. This was done by Dr B giving me his desktop screener and telling me to blow in it once, looking at it and then telling me I was right So....
20/10/2014 I was officially dx emphysema with 58% fev1, given spiriva and started doing this breathing video daily
and my fev1 raised to 64-67%
Added Powerbreathe medic but wasn't doing it enough, I had only done 45 breaths twice daily instead of 90 so no change but started with 90x2 16/01/2015 and it went up to 69% fev1 But I think I have still been doing it wrong. Im supposed to take a sharp breath in and release slowly out through the powerbreathe, but Ive been drawing breath in firmly but steadily rather than sharply doing it. I am trying to remedy this as I expect that will improve things further, but it isn't natural and I keep forgetting till almost done, but will eventually get it there. I feel confident it would work much better if I can just do it right. Will persevere.
The fev1 fluctuates as is normal for COPD. But I do feel I am breathing better and can do more without getting SOB as soon, and that I have avoided infection despite getting a bit of cold, and thinking infections were starting a couple of times, and being regularly coughed over in surgeries, hospitals, streets and buildings (I use wheelchair out so am lower down for drops to settle on)
I found some very clear and simple, yet still in depth specialised webinars for both tpes of lung conditions, COPDers and those with restrictive breathing conditions, now all I need to do is remember it all. Here is link to first one if you would like to see more