Fact Friday: Sleep apnea is a comorbidity of #COPD, and interrupts sleep with inconsistent breathing, causing choking or gasping.

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Robert White

It does this even with oxygen.

Robert White

Ian Walker I think the cramps are from COPD inhalers. I have the cramps. Potassium supplements are helpful. So is a bar of soap under the bottom sheet. I was given anxiety medicines which I don’t want to take. They also scare me. It is a night by night proposition.

Colleen Joyes

I turn my electric blanket on to 1 and the warmth stops the cramp and the restless legs. How long do you have COPD for as I have had it for 15 yrs .but I’m deteriorating quite a lot now.

Colleen Joyes

Sue Seager try doing what I’m doing.

Mandie Forster

I suffer from cramp really bad …up 4/5 times a night ….it’s awful. I tried tonic water before bed as it contains quinine which is supposed to help …it’s a bit hit and miss with me. Think I’m going to mention it to the dr next time I go.xx

Denise B Pirie

You’re one very brave lady Colleen Xxx hope I’m as strong as you when I get bad xx ?

Colleen Joyes

Robert White I was still having RLS after I stopped the inhalers. It’s only warmth that has helped me. I also have them thru the day.

Charmaine Pomerenke

Colleen Have you tried magnesium for the cramps. Works fine for me. High dose daily!

Colleen Joyes

Ian Walker Tonic water didn’t work for me.

Ian Walker

Have the above mentioned and also having very painful leg and foot cramps is this

Ian Walker

What Colleen ?

Colleen Joyes

Yes I have and still do take 2 every night and have done for for many years. When the Fire Dep came to change my smoke alarm we were talking about the safety of a blanket being on 1 all night they agreed if it stops the pain go for it.I am very ill so try and keep as Pain free as I can.

Kathy Bridges

That’ sounds what’s been happening to me getting afraid to close my eyes and go to sleep .

Sue Seager

I’ve been having shocking leg cramps too, is it part of having COPD?

Colleen Joyes

Thank you .xx <3

Colleen Joyes

Ian Walker Heat to help to stop restless legs

Ian Walker

Checked it on google and could be side effects from inhalers? Never experienced such painful cramps !

Robert White

I know.

Nat Chinn

I am to scared to sleep especially at night..I get woken up from gasping and struggling for air..Its the worst feeling ever..

Kay Beddall

I have copd, I have restless leg syndrome and cramp, my GP put me on ropinirole 0.5 no restless legs no cramp since.

Colleen Joyes

See your Doctor and explain how bad you are and ask if having a small dose of morphine at night would help you.Glad to hear the outcome.

Colleen Joyes

Ian Walker I’m not on inhalers anymore and I do have very advanced COPD. The inhalers made me cough so much I’m on 2.5 morphine x2 per day.

Ian Walker

Tonic water is old remedy but worth a try, preferably with a gin ?

Kathy Bridges

I thought morphine made you breathless I’ve got ibs and asked my pharmacy for kaolin /morphine to help my tummy she told me it would affect my copd make my breathing worse.

Colleen Joyes

Kathy Bridges No it opens the airways. I was on 4 different inhalers and coughing my lungs out. Now No inhalers 2 small doses of morphine a day. Feeling 100% better. Ask your Doctor.

Charmaine Pomerenke

Makes complete sense, Quality of life,,,,Sorry to hear you are so ill. You have a great outlook on life regardless, going by your posts.

Ian Walker

Thanks Robert willing to try anything, on Potassium supplements what are they? Have tried masssage and leg excersises but?

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