COPD, or Cardiac Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a difficult disease for a person to manage. This is compounded by those who suffer from COPD and also need employment. Suffers of the disease often find it difficult to maintain employment as a result of how the disease impacts their body.
Cardiac Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a disease that qualifies for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration (SSA). The challenge with this type of disability case is proving to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled, because their definition of disability is very strict.
Defining Social Security Disability Benefits:
The SSA has a very rigid definition of who is disabled. To receive SSI or SSDI benefits a person must provide evidence that they are permanently disabled and this condition will last at least one year, or result in their death. No benefits are awarded for a partial or short-term disability.
Documenting a COPD Disability:
The most important thing for a COPD patient to do is to see a doctor on a regular basis. While at the doctor's office, this is your opportunity to help build your COPD disability case. Remember to win benefits you'll need to provide documentation of your disability. The notes and records your doctor maintains on file are critical evidence to help support your claim.
It is your responsibility to ensure your condition is being documented properly. Make sure your doctor is writing down your symptoms (and that the writing is legible). When talking to your doctor, be specific about your symptoms. For example if you are experiencing a shortness of breath, tell your doctor when it occurs, examples below:
- Carrying groceries
- Walking from room to room
- Standing for long periods of time (how long?)
COPD Chest Pain:
Another common COPD condition is chest pain. If you are experiencing chest paint, describe the pain to your doctor. Tell your doctor how long it takes to recover from COPD chest pain. This information is critical to support your COPD disability case and also helps ensure your doctor is able to adjust your treatment as needed.
As you can see your doctor's records will be one of the greatest sources of supporting evidence for your case. Too often qualified applicants are denied disability because they were unable to document their disability to the Social Security Administration's standards. It is important to remember that though you may seem to be disabled, if you do not provide the SSA with the evidence and documentation that they need, you will be unable to receive the benefits you are entitled to. If you are uncertain, or want to increase your chances of winning benefits you may want to contact a COPD attorney.
COPD Disability Attorney and COPD Disability Lawyer:
An experienced COPD disability attorney or COPD disability lawyer can be a great resource when applying for benefits. Disability lawyers and attorneys will be able to help you with your claim by assisting in gathering documentation and testimony if needed for your impairment and associated symptoms. Whether you need to apply for disability benefits or have applied and been denied, finding a lawyer with COPD disability experience can be the difference of winning benefits and being denied.
Indoor air quality is growing in importance as more and more people spend time working, playing and living indoors. It is estimated that indoor air pollutants are up to five times higher than outdoor pollution in some areas. The air quality in a home can therefore have a drastic effect on the health of a family. Not only will children or parents with asthma feel the effects of poor air in the home, but family members may start to suffer from allergies because of the particles in the air. It is estimated that an increase in perennial allergic rhinitis, or year-long allergies, can be attributed in part to the increased amount of dust mites and mold that people breathe in every day.
Dust mites, pet dander and mold are all major contributors to air pollutants in the home. For the 30 million people who suffer from asthma, any actions taken to reduce pollutant levels in a home or office can greatly improve their quality of life.
One of the easiest steps to take in improving indoor air quality is to change the filter in the home heating and ventilation system regularly. It is recommended that a new filter be put in every three months. If possible, install a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. These filters capture 99.9% of the dust mites, mold spores and other pollutants that go through the home air circulation system.
Keeping mold from growing in a home is vital to maintaining good indoor air quality as well. The mold created in high moisture areas like the bathroom will grow and release spores into the air, making breathing difficult for asthma sufferers. It is recommended that a home's humidity level stay between 35% and 50% in order to keep mold from growing. An inexpensive hygrometer available at most hardware stores can measure humidity levels to help home owners determine if they need to purchase a humidifier (to add moisture to the air) or a dehumidifier (to reduce air moisture).
Approximate 85% of asthma cases are caused by the dust mites and waste that reside in mattresses and bedding. Tightly woven micro-fiber encasements create impermeable barriers against dust mites, reducing the amount of allergens that settle into our beds. These encasements can be purchased for pillows, mattresses, box springs, duvet covers and cribs to shield our bedding from microscopic organisms that can make our breathing air polluted.
Homes with dogs or cats are much more likely to have high levels of air pollutants because of the hair and skin pets shed daily. To reduce pet allergens at home, regularly bathe pets using a hypo-allergenic shampoo that controls their dander and softens their skin.
Maintaining good indoor air quality requires simple home cleaning. Families should wash their bedding and linens in 120 to 140 degree hot water regularly. Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed once a week and the contents of the vacuum bag should be removed from the house immediately. Dust and clean using non-allergenic cleaning agents whenever possible.
Asthma sufferers do not need to feel that the quality of the air they breathe is completely out of their control. By taking some time to improve the environment in the home and workplace, families may find that they can breathe a big sigh of relief in knowing they have done their part to improve their lives.
~Ben Anton, 2008
Emphysema is a degenerative lung disease that usually develops after many years of exposure to cigarette smoke or other toxins that pollute the air. It is one of a group of lung diseases referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPDs, which also include asthma and chronic bronchitis, can interfere with normal breathing. The dominant symptom of emphysema is shortness of breath and the feeling of not being able to get enough air during any kind of physical exertion.
In people with emphysema, damage to the alveoli (small air sacs in the lungs) causes the lungs to lose their elasticity. As a result, exhaling becomes difficult, and stale air remains trapped in the lungs, preventing the needed exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. A person with advanced emphysema may experience a near constant state of breathlessness, chronic coughing and wheezing, and frequent discharge of sputum from the respiratory passages. Emphysema can also contribute to other health problems, such as lung infections and a condition called Erythrocytosis, in which the blood contains abnormally high levels of red blood cells. Erythrocytosis can cause such symptoms as weakness, dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness, headache, and vision problems.
Most people who are diagnosed with emphysema are long term smokers. Symptoms may not occur until middle age, when the individual's ability to exercise or do heavy work begins to decline and a productive cough begins. The symptoms may be subtle at first, but worsen with time.
In rare cases, emphysema is caused by a genetic condition that leads to a deficiency of a blood protein called alpha 1 antitrypsin. The overwhelming majority of cases, however, are related to smoking. Regular smoking, whether of tobacco or marijuana, causes chronic low level inflammation of the lungs, which increases the chance of developing this progressive disease.
The American lung association estimates that 16million Americans suffer from some form of COPD. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart ailments, cancers, and stroke.
Recommended herbs for alternative emphysema treatment
Astralagus, a Chinese herb also known as huang qi, accelerates healing in the bronchial tubes and promotes better breathing. Clearlungs from Ridgecrest herbals is an herbal combination that helps provides relief from shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and wheezing due to bronchial congestion. It is available in two formulas, with ephedra and without. Both have been found to be equally effective. Cordyceps may slow the progress of lung degeneration. Chinese medicine teaches that there is a synergistic connection between the kidneys and the lungs. Cordyceps reinforces this connection, opens up the bronchioles, and produces greater oxygenization for the kidneys. Cordyceps from r-garden Internationale is a good source of this herb. Ephedra (ma huang) is beneficial for respiratory disorders. Thyme is also very helpful. Warning: do not use ephedra if you suffer from anxiety, glaucoma, heart disease. High blood pressure, or insomnia, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug for depression. Licorice extract increases energy levels and helps to improve organ function. Use and alcohol free extract or biorizin from American biologics. Warning: if overused, licorice can elevate blood pressure. Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. Other beneficial herbs, for emphysema include alfalfa, fenugreek, fresh horseradish, mullein tea, and rosemary.
A powerful alternative emphysema treatment recommended by almost 15,000 European doctors is the self-administered oxygen therapy. The principle is so simple, microbes, harmful bacteria, and viruses that cause emphysema, cancer, heart disease and even aids, they do not cause the disease by themselves. They just thrive and spread in their natural dwelling place the oxygen - depleted body. When the moment our body is depleted of oxygen it becomes acidic and normally all kinds of viruses and harmful bacteria thrive and reproduce dramatically. The body with enough supply of oxygen cannot be inhabited by all kinds of diseases and viruses. They just cannot survive in a highly oxygenated environment. Therefore, they recommend that the first line of defense is to keep the body always oxygenated. Take the time to explore and study this effective and controversial therapy.
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