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Chronic respiratory illness can necessitate disability benefits

Oxygen, water and nutrition are the basic necessities required for people to live. For many living in Michigan, performing essential bodily processes, such as breathing, can be difficult or even painful. Over the last several years, medical professionals have gained a better understanding of the symptoms and treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD. Yet despite medical advances, thousands are left unable to work because of respiratory illnesses. For that reason, many people may be entitled to receive a Social Security Disability benefit to cover their living expenses.

Commonly known diseases, such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, are specific illnesses that fall under the broader category of COPD. Those that suffer from COPD have trouble breathing and will find breathing more difficult as time passes and symptoms progress. In many cases, COPD-related illnesses are not curable, but are only manageable. Without the ability to comfortably and reliably breathe, performing the tasks necessary to hold down a job may be impossible.

For those that suffer from COPD, there are some ways that they can cope with their symptoms. Aside from taking commonly prescribed medications, such as inhalers, those with COPD can work to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and consuming lots of fluids. Though these techniques may help keep symptoms at bay, they will never truly eliminate them.

Another aspect of treatment for COPD is going through physical therapy. An individual's struggle to breathe can become so severe that they need to re-learn how to do basic things, such as practicing their breathing and doing laundry. It's clear that living with COPD can be a very tough obstacle to surmount.

One way that those suffering from COPD can find relief is by obtaining a Social Security Disability benefit. If someone is unable to work, they obviously cannot afford the bare essentials needed to survive. Knowing this, it is important for those living with severe respiratory ailments to consider all of their options, medical and otherwise.

Source: The Milford Daily News, "Healthy Habits: Help with managing COPD," Betsy Cross, Mar. 8, 2012

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