COPD frequently asked questions
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Meanwhile, keep taking your Anoro Ellipta medication once a day. Your doctor may alsorecommend pulmonary rehabilitation.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to help you cope with your breathlessness and feel stronger and fitter at the same time.
Being diagnosed with COPD could mean that your illness claims are no longer covered by your current insurer. Speak to them honestly of any changes to your situation and they will be able to answer your questions. Be aware that there are companies that specialise in insuring people with COPD.
Make sure you check with your doctor that you are fit enough to travel. If so, you can also ask them for a confirmation letter that you might need to use with travel companies. If your doctor says you can travel, plan your holiday carefully, taking into account the climate and your mobility needs. You might also need to take oxygen, spare medicines and copies of your prescription. Click to see more detail on COPD holiday questions on the British Lung Foundation (BLF) website.
If you feel isolated because you can’t make it to a group meeting, you can also sign up to the BLF’s pen pals service and write to other people living with a lung condition to share your feelings and experiences.
- Time for a smoke? One cigarette reduces your life by 11 Minutes BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 1 January 2000)
- Anoro Ellipta 55/22mcg patient information leaflet
- http://www.blf.org.uk/Page/Pulmonary-rehab. Date of access: December 2016
- http://www.blf.org.uk/Page/Going-on-holiday-with-a-lung-condition Date of access: December 2016