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Posted by: anxious | 2008/09/18

LUNG PROBLEMS

Dr Bets

Can a person really get major benefit by moving to the coast (especially C/T) from JHB if they have recently been diagnosed with COPD and is now on permanent home oxygen? i.e. is it really worth the change of cities, especially if it means losing your long-standing gp (over 30 years!) and other good doctors/specialists and moving away from other family members?

If you already have permanently damaged lungs and the only treatment is improving lung function, can this really be dramatically improved by changing climates?

Also are patients using oxygen machines allowed to hire oximeters to measure their own oxygen levels? One home oxygen company told us they are not available.

thanks for the advice.

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Dear Anxious
Some people may actually do worse in humid conditions and feel better in a drier climate. Other factors that make COPD worse are airpollution and very cold temperatures. I would not move before spending a some time there temporarily to see what the effect of the new climate would be. Oximeters may not be for hire (not robust enough) but you can probably buy one.
Dr Bets

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