Percussion Vests

Posted by thumperguy @thumperguy, Jan 1, 2020

Anyone willing to guess how many “regulars” on this forum use a vest?

@migizii

I also use a vest and have only been able to increase its intensity to 45% because if I try to go any higher my chest gets sore. Also, some days when feeling tired after work, I might even have to turn it down to 40%.

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/agj53 My neck hurts and I've had some headaches, which I rarely get. I stopped putting my arms threw the vest because it caused pain in my shoulder. I wrap it around my chest, connect the straps and, while I have reduced the pain, it has not gone away. I also wonder what its' doing to my brain. Flib

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@woot

It looks like no one else has a doctor who introduced the VibraLung as an excellent alternative to the Smartvest, especially for small women. As the Mac specialist and the pulmonary therapist explained to me in the hospital, vests can leave soreness and have to be cleaned. The Vibralung produces the same results without those. Cystic fibrosis patients, whose lives depend on mucus clearance, found this device worked well for them.

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@woot Thank you, I'm going to look into that. small woman,Flib

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@woot

It looks like no one else has a doctor who introduced the VibraLung as an excellent alternative to the Smartvest, especially for small women. As the Mac specialist and the pulmonary therapist explained to me in the hospital, vests can leave soreness and have to be cleaned. The Vibralung produces the same results without those. Cystic fibrosis patients, whose lives depend on mucus clearance, found this device worked well for them.

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Woot, what’s to be cleaned? I’ve been using the Respirtech product for over three years and it’s never occurred to me to clean it. It doesn’t appear to be soiled. Maybe I need to modify my forum name to Thumperguy The Slob. Yuk yuk. Don

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When I was in the hospital, the pulmonary therapist said unless you keep the vest covered, it will accumulate dust and need to be cleaned, I assume he meant vacuumed.

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Mine is more like a vinyl on the outside and doesn't seem to get dirty…Guess could wipe it off from time to time. The therapist did not mention that when instructed me on it's use but I guess it is not a bad idea. Thanks for that.

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@kpost2

Going on four years now with Bronchiectasis. I wear my Smartvest every morning.
Have blood infusions with 300ml of Privigen every four weeks.
Have had 4 Bronchioscopes done because my lungs get so full.
Still cough a lot and have productive cough.

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@kpost2 You may wish to check in on https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/percussion-vests/ so you can chat with some others using the vest.

I am assuming you use the Privigen because you have an immunodeficiency and not because of the bronchiectasis? Have you been checked for pseudomonas or MAC through a sputum culture? Sometimes these can cause prolific sputum production like you describe.

Sue

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Going on four years now with Bronchiectasis. I wear my Smartvest every morning.
Have blood infusions with 300ml of Privigen every four weeks.
Have had 4 Bronchioscopes done because my lungs get so full.
Still cough a lot and have productive cough.

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@kpost2

Going on four years now with Bronchiectasis. I wear my Smartvest every morning.
Have blood infusions with 300ml of Privigen every four weeks.
Have had 4 Bronchioscopes done because my lungs get so full.
Still cough a lot and have productive cough.

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Hi @kpost2 You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion so that you can connect with other members talking about using percussion vests. I second the questions @sueinmn asked.

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Probably a lot. I have an aflovest and like it a lot!

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@kpost2

Going on four years now with Bronchiectasis. I wear my Smartvest every morning.
Have blood infusions with 300ml of Privigen every four weeks.
Have had 4 Bronchioscopes done because my lungs get so full.
Still cough a lot and have productive cough.

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@migizi May I ask what causes your lungs to get full?

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