Re: Any info would help regarding COPD
If your grandmother has true COPD- it means that her lungs arent getting enough oxygen- and she isnt absorbing oxygen into her blood stream. If you try to get her up and moving, you will do damage to her already frail system. You actually need to let her rest as much as possible At some time in the future, she will probably be on oxygen round the clock....carrying it with her wherever she goes.
As far as pain pills. ITs interesting that she is on so many- are you sure they are narcotics? Are you sure she isnt dealing with another disease as well. Most COPD patients take steroids to open up their airways- but narcotics arent the norm. Maybe something else is going on with her?
You do not get hangovers from pain pills, however they can make you sleepy...however, in her case, having COPD, can also make you sleepy and she truly isnt able to exercise....so she is going to rest more than usual.
The only pain pill which supresses your respirations is morphine. If she is taking morphine in any form, it will slow down her respirations, but if she has true COPD, she may need it to breathe. This is a catch 22....COPD is a really serious disease- and patients with severe cases have no quality of life- however, if she is taking all sorts of other drugs, it becomes a matter of why... and without knowing her entire health history- you cant know if they are necessary or if she is simply addicted to pain pills. Are they all prescribed by the same doctor? Are they all prescribed from her pulmonary doctor- hes the one she should see for COPD- if they are, chances are they are necessary drugs...
Can you go with her to her next doctors appointment and ask questions, because if you cant, youre not going to get straight answers......but again, look to see who is prescribing all these pills...if its the same doctor, chances are they are necessary...if its several different doctors, her COPD doctor needs to know what else she is taking.
RRMS- dx 05