Flutter Pipe

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I've been reading about the Flutter Pipe and it's use in clearing mucus from the lungs. I have difficulty clearing mine and wondered if anyone here has tried one and if they found it of any help.

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    Hi, my husband has used a flutter valve for a number of years and has found it extremely useful. He could not manage without it. Also re salt pipe... He is trying this at the moment, so will post when he has an opinion...he has also tried the salt caves which he found very relaxing and had decided to book a block of sessions, but  unfortunately  got an infection, so it has been put on hold. He definitely recommends the flutter valve.
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      Hi Sonsy.

      That's interesting about the flutter pipe, good to know. I like to get the views of people who've tried out or use the various bits of kit.I've always had difficulty getting rid of the mucus so this sounds right for me too. I'll ask my doctor about it at my appointment this week.

      The salt caves may be something else to look at later on when I've got a bit more stability with my bronchiectasis/asthma.

      Thank you for your advice.

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    Hi Chriselora. Yes, I have used a Flutter Pipe. I now use an Acapella, which is pretty much the same principle. I found it very good. The ball bearing in the Pipe vibrates and it simulates the cupping method used on your back.The vibration goes right into the lungs and loosens the mucus which makes it easy to huff/cough out. Its small enough to keep with you too.
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      Thank you, dancing queen. That's good to know. I also like the fact it's portable too, I'd certainly want to have it with me when out and about.

      It's definitely something I'm interested in using.

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    Hi.  I use an Acapella (which I think is like a flutter pipe) and find it extremely useful.  I don't know how i would manage without it.  I use it lying down with my head and legs elevated.  I take two very long deep inhalations first, hold breath for about five seconds and breath out slowly through my mouth (as if just fluttering a tissue in front of my mouth).  This moves the mucus up from, I imagine, the bottom of my lungs.  I then take shorter breaths (which I also hold for about five seconds) before breathing out through the acapella.  I do this every day for about 20 minutes and it has made a huge difference to the number of infections I get.  I know I've rambled on but it took me ages to use acepella properly.  I do hope you are able to find something to help. 
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      Thank you anne20. That's good to know. The more I learn about the Flutter Pipe the more I think it's for me. Thank you for replying.
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    terry 03242 here. As an initiate into the complexities of the various devices which I have no experience or even awareness of, though the mucus in my lungs seems to be mild by comparison to others here, I guess that when, if, the time comes, then I will be grateful for having been directed to this particular thread. Chriselore, could you tell me where you read about the Flutter Pipe?

    Terry

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      Hi Terry I read about the flutter pipe on the Bronchiectasis blog here. I just googled it on the search engine for a detailed explanation.
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    I am using an acaoella flutter valve right after using a .7% saline solution in my nebulizer.  I also do some yoga breathing exercises.  i feel thatt is doing me lots of good....but two days ago, i decided to test it out.  I do my little routine three times a day.  I use my peak flow meter before starting, and again when I am finished.  although the peak flow measurements might vary over the day...I can count on between a 30 and 50 point improvement from the before treatment reading and the after treatment reading.  I also have started a new over the counter supplement called Sinatrol.  It is doing a great job at thinning out the mucous. 
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      Hi BookNut..I am going to do a Google search about this Acaoella Flutter Valve..never heard of it...but I have not been to my Pulomary doctor in a year..My ENT doctor was the one that told me I probably had Bronchietasis..I will probably have to get a CT Scan to confirm it...you are a lot of help...thank you...
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    I use the Acapella Flutter device. It is a very intricate device and when you exhale through it, it actually vibrates your lungs. It does help with clearing the mucus out. The green one is for adults and if you have a respiratory therapist, they can show you the correct way to use it.
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      Thank you,that's good to know, mizsuzyq. It's something to ask the consultant about at my appointment in June.
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    These devices are very helpful for some people. When I have used them it has always helped. Though when I am not well they are no good for when an infection has started. They work great when I get a bit of a breath back.
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