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COPD Complaints: The Frustrations of Oxygen

COPD Basics

June 27, 2024

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Photography by Instants/Getty Images

Photography by Instants/Getty Images

by Samantha Costa

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by Samantha Costa

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We asked our community members what they’ve found most frustrating about receiving oxygen therapy. Here’s what they shared.

If a doctor prescribed supplemental oxygen for you to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may remember how frustrating it was when you started taking it.

As with any other treatment or medical device, it can take time to adjust to receiving oxygen, but that doesn’t change the fact that it can sometimes become cumbersome.

Whether you’re just getting started with oxygen therapy or you’ve taken it for years, we want you to know you’re not alone. We asked our community members what they’ve found most frustrating about receiving supplemental oxygen. Here’s what they said.

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Tethered to tubes

Doing simple chores around the house, eating, or showering while tethered to tubes can test even the most patient people. This was the most common complaint among people who answered our question. Here’s how others have felt about it.

It’s always in the way. I’m always having to change my portable canisters.

PJ, received diagnosis in 2018

Hauling the piece of c*ap around when I’m going out.

Anonymous, received diagnosis in 2022

Having to drag around that infernal hose.

AEP, received diagnosis in 2021

Having to carry the machine around.

BeckyAnne06, received diagnosis in 1994

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Mobility issues

Since mobility can be the epitome of freedom to some people, it may be no surprise that the difficulty with mobility caused by COPD and the need for oxygen is annoying (to say the least).

The lack of mobility.

Madmonk4u, received diagnosis in 2014

The hoses and mobility.

unarmbears, received diagnosis in 2015

Travel with tubes

Booking a vacation that requires planes, trains, or automobiles can be stressful enough. If you take oxygen therapy, this may resonate with you. Ensuring you have what you need, from medications to supplemental oxygen, can be a chore before rushing to the airport.

Air travel.

Anonymous, received diagnosis in 2014

Camping and travel.

Wayne, received diagnosis in 2016

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Takeaway

We wanted to highlight a few ways you’ve found oxygen therapy frustrating. Perhaps you only receive it overnight or not quite 24/7, or maybe you aren’t taking it yet.

To continue sharing, head to our Bezzy COPD forums. Others can relate and offer tips based on what’s worked for them.

Fact checked on June 27, 2024

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About the author

Samantha Costa

Samantha Costa is an editor at Bezzy, where she assigns and edits articles for the COPD and type 2 diabetes communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Sam’s passion for writing and editing health content stems from her time as a young caregiver for her late father. She’s dedicated her career to sharing health information to improve the lives of others. Some of her former work can be found on healthcare system websites like Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and publications like U.S. News & World Report and Healio. Find her on LinkedIn.

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