Anyone had to use an incentive spirometer?

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   Posted 1/13/2014 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all! I've been very ill so I haven't posted much lately. My left lung has collapsed and my doc said that she will try to get me an incentive spirometer (she doubt insurance will pay for it). Has anyone used this and had success? Thanks!

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   Posted 1/13/2014 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Plastic incentive spirometers are cheap and available even in some pharmacies. I've been given one after just about every surgery where I was in hospital more than overnight.

These devices do work, if you are diligent about using them. It's similar to taking a really deep breath every hour or so. They measure how much air you can inhale so you know if you are making progress.

You might look them up on Amazon or other site if you can't get one prescribed. Medical supply houses probably carry them.

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   Posted 1/14/2014 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! She kept telling me that people get them after having surgery (guess I was one that never rec'd one) and that if i've had surgeries, I should of gotten one. I'm noticing it's hard to take breathes and it's been painful!

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   Posted 1/14/2014 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
The Voldyne 5000 Volumetric Exerciser is available  through Amazon as well as several others at a very reasonable price.
There are others available from Amazon and the price is right.
Cardinal Health AirLife Volumetric Incentive Spirometer has 5 star rating for $8.59 plus shipping.
And as already mentioned, most of the major pharmacies carry Incentive Spirometer device in their stores.
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