People with emphysema are still able to find a good quality of life. Many still work, socialise, travel and so on. Depending on how severe your condition is, you may find some aspects of daily life challenging due to being breathless or fatigued. This is more likely for anyone living with advanced emphysema.
• Getting around – mobility can sometimes be an issue for people with severe emphysema and you may require some mobility equipment. Read on to find out more about daily living aids that can help you
• Sleeping and relaxing – feeling out of breath can be discomforting and stressful, with some people finding breathlessness symptoms worse at night, resulting in poor quality sleep. You may find support from Hope2Sleep, a charity that helps people with sleep apnoea and related conditions. You may also wish to explore mindfulness meditation, which helps with relaxation and dealing with emotion
• Doing chores – again, fatigue and breathlessness can mean that doing housework becomes difficult. There are many daily living aids that can help you
• Going on holiday – you may have lots of things to consider before you go on holiday, such as medication, travel insurance, mobility and so on. The British Lung Foundation provides lots of advice about travelling with a lung condition
• Mental health – it can be difficult to live with a health condition, and some people find they have low mood, anxiety, anger, stress or depression as a result. Visit the Mind website for advice and consider counselling to discuss your problems
You may wish to get a better understanding of what it is like living with emphysema by reading stories from other people affected by the condition.