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24th May 2004, 05:20 PM
Hello everyone

Does anyone know how lung phisio is done? I have an appointment with a phisiotherapist tomorrow 1 o'clock and I was wondering if it is not painfull to do this. Do they put you in some big machine?

Thing is, I am having surgery sometime this year, so the Dr suggested that I go for lung phisio and breathing exercises, because my lung capacity is 53%. In order for him to do surgery the lung capacity must be 60% or more. So the best way to make it go up from 53 to 60% is through lung phisio and breathing exercises and then after 3months I must go for another lung function test, and then will take it from there.

Thank you.

Maria M.

24th May 2004, 06:17 PM
sorry i cant help you but i just wanted to say :welcome2:

24th May 2004, 06:45 PM
:welcome: Maria,
Physio for the lungs is not painful. 53 % lung capacity isn't bad by the way and I'm so pleased that you're being considered for surgery. Mostly the exercises are designed to open up the dead spaces in your lungs that have been squashed by the curve and get them to work more efficiently.I had intensive lung physio on a few occasions. Mostly it's just deep breathing with arms over your head while lying down and then you 'll probably lie on your side and the physio will press very hard on your rib cage with the heel of her hand and rhythmically slap your back and sides to clear any congestion.(you will be expected to cough it up) :oops: The pressure on your ribs is a bit heavy but not painful. You'll also learn to "huff and puff" like the big bad wolf to clear your chest without actually coughing or hurting your throat.Also strengthening the abdominal muscles is good for your lung function as it strengthens the diaphragm. Good luck with it and I hope it makes a real difference.

25th May 2004, 11:55 AM
I would imagine you will be taught how to do deep breathing, like Sinead says. It probably will involve repetition on a regular basis.

It is wonderful that your doctor feels that you can increase your capacity that much through physio. Please share with us any tricks you learn - as someone with less than 50% capacity, every extra per cent would be a bonus. :-)

25th May 2004, 12:45 PM
Good luck with your appointment hope it goes well

25th May 2004, 01:00 PM
Good luck, definitely! My house is made of sticks, will it be OK while she does her exercises Sins?

25th May 2004, 01:13 PM
Better than mine which is made of straw...... :bump:
While you're talking to the physiotherapist Maria, check and see if a long acting bronchidilator like serevent might be of help. A lot of us here with low lung capacity take Asthma meds to further open our airways.

Thaleias spirit
25th May 2004, 10:41 PM
Hi Maria

Like Sins said about asthma meds..I was put on one two months ago and at the second respiratory appointment they mentioned that i did work for me...

but anyway...hope your appointment goes well!!!


26th May 2004, 10:52 AM
Hello Friends

A big thank you to all of you for the responses. It's nice to have friends who understand and know what you going through.

Yes, I am on asthma medication since last year. I use the inhalers, a grey one that I use twice a day and a green one for when I feel blocked.

I am so upset, yesterday morning when I was taking a bath I slipped and fell and I had to cancell my appontment with the physio, but I'm glad because the cut on my back is not so deep it didn't need stitches. This morning my back was very painfull I suppose it gets worse the next day.
I do'nt know when I'm going to get my next appointment, but I will let you know how it went.

Thank you guys, now I know I don't have to worry about pain and lung physio. I was thinking big machines and pipes stuck into my throat to my lungs, heeew...

JONNY and SINS- do'nt worry I will be very carefull when I do my excercises I would'nt do anything to hurt my lovely friends

CHELE- I sent you two e-mails did you ever receive them? I do'nt know if this was the time when your computer was down.

PAULINE- Your lung capacity is less than 50% and you're OK???? SHEEW..
How do you go through your normal day to day activities? any tips?

Thank you again to everyone. You guys are all GREAT!!!

Maria M

26th May 2004, 01:24 PM
That fall was very bad luck Maria.Thank goodness you didn't do too much damage although it can be very upsetting at the time.At least you'll be better prepared for your physio appoiontment when you get to go.Good luck.

26th May 2004, 02:43 PM
Sorry to hear about your fall. I can do most things with 50% lung capacity. My respiratory consultant told me that he knows of people with one lung who have run marathons. Of course, I couldn't be compared directly with someone with one lung because scoliosis gives me the the added complication of muscles not sitting where they should but you can still live an active life. The only problems are walking on inclines (hills and stairs get me quickly out of breath) and chest infections can quickly escalate. I try to keep at the top of my fitness with step classes and regular walking, which I love and have maintained lung capacity at the same level since I got my first tests done 17 years ago. :-) :-) I don't push myself though, I have discovered that if I feel a bit dizzy/out of breath, rest and decent sleep does help me recover quickly.

26th May 2004, 06:19 PM
The only problems are walking on inclines (hills and stairs get me quickly out of breath) and chest infections can quickly escalate.
Talking about chest infections, how can one tell that one has a chest infection? what are the first signs. I mean what's a difference between an asthma attack (or just running out of breath) and a chest infection?

I hope my questions make sence.

Thank you.

26th May 2004, 06:36 PM
Your questions make perfect sense. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between a chest infection and asthma but the asthma attack usually stops when you take the blue inhaler.With the chest infection you usually feel tired or ill or will cough up coloured sputum.With asthma or restrictive lung disease you will cough mainly in the morning when you get up but your chest will clear as the day continues.Usually if there's an infection, you will continue to wheeze and cough all day and night.
I've got 50% lung capacity and before I started the asthma meds I had two pneumonia infections.I felt fine apart from a slight cough but my only symptom was when coughing or laughing I started seeing stars.I was able to breathe normally but the oxygen was not getting around my body.
If the chest infection is viral antibiotics are useless and at the first sign of any infection my GP has advised me to take several puffs of ventolin when needed , even up to 24 doses a day if required.I actually haven't had a chest infection in over 2 years now. If your cough is severe it may be a good idea to go to your doctor to have him/her examine your chest and determine if it's asthma or infection.

28th May 2004, 04:04 AM
I've had pneumonia twice and I know the way I can tell the difference from my normal cough (I get coughs once every few weeks during the winter) and pneumonia is that with pneumonia I get a fever. I only get a fever if I have pneumonia or the stomach flu. Needless to say it's pretty easy to rule out the stomach flu if I have pneumonia!

28th May 2004, 12:39 PM
Mine's apparently somewhere around 20% and I'm fine! Never taken anything for it either, and it hasn't affected me much at all.

28th May 2004, 01:33 PM
I wonder. What is the normal rating for a lung capacity? Is it 80 or 100% ?

Vicki that's amazing, I would have thought a person with 20% lung capacity would be needing some kind of a machine to help with the breathing.

How does this lung capacity thing work???

Maria M.

14th June 2004, 06:22 PM

Just to let you know, I got another appointment tomorrow 12:30 for lung phisio. HEEW I can't wait. I'll make sure I don't fall this time. Let you all know how it goes.

15th June 2004, 12:33 PM
Good luck with the appointment i hope everything goes well for you

15th June 2004, 12:52 PM
Hope it went well and wasn't too awful............What did they do to you?

17th June 2004, 06:06 PM
My appointment went very well, it was not awful at all.
They did everything Sins said they would do.
"you 'll probably lie on your side and the physio will press very hard on your rib cage with the heel of her hand and rhythmically slap your back and sides to clear any congestion.(you will be expected to cough it up) :oops: you'll also learn to "huff and puff" like the big bad wolf to clear your chest without actually coughing or hurting your throat."

And then she gave me breathing excersises to do at home:..
-blow up a rubber glove 3-4 x per day
-place straw into a glass with water and blow bubbles
- and then she gave me a spirometer(respiratory exerciser) to use at home.

I 'm seeing her again tomorrow, the scoli specialist said this must be done seven times. I'll get more tips and tricks to share.