Diaphragm Deconditioning After COVID

Posted by baker00l @baker00l, Nov 5, 2021

Hello, has anyone heard anything about diaphragm deconditioning after COVID? Or how that would be treated?

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@baker00l, this can happen with respiratory illnesses or neurological illnesses. I found this one case study in the British Medical Journal related to COVID
– Unilateral diaphragm paralysis with COVID-19 infection Unilateral diaphragm paralysis with COVID-19 infection

Are you at risk of diaphragm paralysis? Did you have ventilation?

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Hi, no I am not at risk. Someone recently mentioned that their diaphragm was damaged after COVID. And they had to build back up the strength and muscle. I have never heard of this in relation to COVID or any illness before.

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In Pulmonary Rehab I was taught 'diaphragmatic breathing' by the Respiratory Therapists. This helps to really expand your lungs and exercise the diaphragm. In addition, I use an 'Incentive Spirometer' for deep breathing exercises and 'The Breather', a hand held breathing trainer with adjustable resistance. I use these twice a day to maintain lung capacity. I can tell a difference if I miss a couple days

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@baker00l

Hi, no I am not at risk. Someone recently mentioned that their diaphragm was damaged after COVID. And they had to build back up the strength and muscle. I have never heard of this in relation to COVID or any illness before.

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Diaphragm deconditioning can happen after any illness that affects the respiratory system over time, or even after surgery when one is inactive for a while. When I have had pneumonia, I have seen very significant drops in the numbers on my incentive spirometer, and had to reset the resistance on my Aerobika to a lower level & work back up.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Diaphragm deconditioning can happen after any illness that affects the respiratory system over time, or even after surgery when one is inactive for a while. When I have had pneumonia, I have seen very significant drops in the numbers on my incentive spirometer, and had to reset the resistance on my Aerobika to a lower level & work back up.
Sue

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Thank you everyone for this information! It is much appreciated!

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People following this discussion may appreciate this article and video
– What Is Diaphragmatic Breathing? https://www.healthline.com/health/diaphragmatic-breathing

In this video Suzanne Smith, MSN, NP, CMT-P, discusses the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing and demonstrates the technique that can easily be incorporated into your daily life.

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I have been diagnosed with a paralyzed diaphragm, from a sniff test & ct. I also have sarcoidosis and I feel it’s small cell neuropathy, but have not been able to get into a neurologist. My question is my symptoms started with numbness & burning in hands to arms chest & abdomen , could the paralyzed diaphragm have anything to do with the neuropathy symptoms I’m having ?

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