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I have recently been told that my diaphragm is not working properly and this could be the cause of my constant chest infections. Does anyone else have this problem?

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    I haven't heard of this but it does make sense:  have you been to rehab to learn how to change your breathing technique to improve diaphragm function?   One of the many things I learned at rehab was that using the upper chest to inhale deeply isn't the best way to breathe with COPD because it uses far more energy than diaphragm breathing.
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      I have been to rehab which did help but with the diaphragm not working the air does not get to my lungs as well as it should. I have an appointment to see a specialist next month.
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      I am sorry to hear that you have this condition. But, there is relief for it, from what I have heard.

      I knew one person who had to have one of his lungs cut out, but it was well worth it, according to him, it made him like a brand new person. It helped make more room in the chest cavity, which is basically what was causing his problem.

      His lungs were actually sitting on top of his diaphram, and the bottom of his base lungs were folding upward, and holding mucus in the fold. It caused him not to be able to breath, and caused extreme SOB to occur, and gasping for air. He also stated that he had to learn all the sitting and standing body positions, since due to the fold, some positions did not fold his lungs. Those positions were much easier to breath, due to no folding, but he had to find them, and somehow he did.

      He was always in the hospital with pneumonia, but he stated that was due to mucus and bacteria growing within the folding and also when treating pneumonia, the medication could not reach the pneumonia bacteria, so they would harbor and re-grow again.

      There are suppose to be a couple of surgical operations for this, but not sure how bad your situation is, and if it is recommended by your doctor or not. My friend HIGHly recommends it!

      I hope you won't need the surgeries, but only need medications that will help you, but I just wanted to let you know about my friend's case of having a diaphram condition. His was severe. I mainly wanted to let you know that there is relief out there for it!

      Take Care!

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      Patfin, you are welcome! I just wanted to share with you what happened to someone I know, who feels so much better today, due to the operation. He was constantly in and out of hospitals due to pneumonia. Take care! 
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