• We Got Mail
  • Vera wants to find a way to get chest physical therapy for bronchiectasis on an outpatient basis, and other possible treatment options.
  • The pulmonary rehab program, or the physical therapy department, of any hospital should be able to help you. However, you first would need a doctor's prescription and a physical examination to make sure that this is appropriate therapy. You might also ask your pulmonologist about entering a pulmonary rehab program or starting an exercise program. Postural drainage techniques are taught to patients who are bringing up large amounts of sputum; usually more than 1/2 cup a day. Use your bronchodilator before your postural drainage and stay well hydrated. It helps if a family member can go along to observe and to be taught percussion and vibration techniques for a chronic problem. There are several devices on the market, which some patients find very helpful for bringing up sputum. Ask your doctor or therapist if any might be of interest to you. As you can see, there are a lot of options out there. Without knowing more about your condition, all we can do is suggest some general information. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor for information!
  • Allyson writes that she has restrictive disease and wonders what we can tell her about it.
  • Unfortunately, there is little specific information that we can give you since there are many different types of restrictive disease. They vary from being of little consequence to being very serious. The late stages of pregnancy can cause restriction of the lung's expansion, as does obesity, and for somewhat the same reason; restricted movement of the diaphragm. Wearing a very tight bra can cause a self-inflicted form of restrictive disease instantly cured by relieving the restriction. The old-fashioned corset of the last century caused well-dressed ladies to "swoon" from shortness of breath caused by their cinched in waists and tight corsets. (When was the last time you heard of someone swooning?) More serious are diseases such as asbestosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis to mention just a few. It is very important that you communicate with your pulmonologist to find out your proper diagnosis! Once you learn that, you can be given more specific information about your problem and what you can do about it.

  • Do you have a question about respiratory disease that has been bothering you? If so, feel free to write and ask us, either through our web site or by mail. We answer all of your letters.

  • News
  • Did you know that about 10% of people who smoke are not addicted?
  • These are the lucky ones who can quit cold turkey without any problems. The other 90% of smokers are doomed to suffer withdrawal symptoms unless they have access to the proper treatment. There are several easy tests to diagnose how addicted a smoker is, since the severity varies from individual to individual.
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  • Donations
  • PERF would like to send thanks to Hal Lichterman, Bill and Shirley Grindrod, and Charles Symens for their recent generous donations.

  • All of us in the PERF family send our prayers and best wishes for a speedy, and uncomplicated recovery to our colleague and our friend, Tom Petty.