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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

No: CHF can cause pulmonary edema, when lungs fill up with fluid, but usually is the other way around with COPD causing CHF. ...Read more

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Do you know if any COPD inhalers have steroids?

Do you know if any COPD inhalers have steroids?

Yes.: Several of them, look for the generic name that will end in "one" like mometasone, fluticasone. I will not name product names so as not to promote any of them. ...Read more

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Is there any COPD treatment without gastrointestinal side effects?

Side effects...: Very little of inhaled medications are absorbed systemically so bronchodilator and steroid inhalers would have few, if any, GI side effects. Systemic meds, like systemic steroids (ex. Prednisone), would have possible GI side-effects. It also depends on the GI side effects you are referring to. See your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for copd?

Is there any cure for copd?

No: At this time there is no cure. Lung transplant can be done and COPD will not return in the transplanted lung. If you have Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency you can give a patient back the missing enzyme through intravenous infusions. Otherwise smoking cessation is your best primary prevention. ...Read more

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Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because i'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd) any suggesti?

Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because i'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd)  any suggesti?

Possibly repeat test: Occult testing often leads to false positives. Abnormal test results may occur after eating meat, a nosebleed or gum bleed. It does not necessarily indicate internal bleeding. With stage iiib lung cancer and severe copd, i suspect your doctor believes there is really no benefit to further testing due to these very severe illnesses that will probably limit lifespan. ...Read more

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Do you know of any new treatmnets for copd?

Do you know of any new treatmnets for copd?

Maybe: Daliresp (roflumilast) has been on the market, it is a phosphodiasterase inhibitor remotely similar to theophylline; a pill. Brovana and Perforomist are long-acting beta-agonist nebulizers approved for copd. There are a number of inhalers in development, mostly new combinations of known molecules, as well as biological treatments, not out yet. Also surgery - consult a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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If you never smoked anything, is there any chance of getting copd?

If you never smoked anything, is there any chance of getting copd?

Small: About 5-10 % of cases of COPD are not linked to smoking. The bulk of these have poorly controlled asthma, in which the asthma which is mostly reversible begins to leave behind a degree of "fixed" airway obstruction. ...Read more

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Are there any natural therapies for COPD of the lungs?

Are there any natural therapies for COPD of the lungs?

Therapy/rehab: The problem with COPD and recurrent lung infections is that the lungs are damaged and abnormal. The best thing to do naturally is to exercise them and improve breathing techniques. Some people go to something like yoga breathing but there are excellent formal pulmonary rehabilitation treatments (typically 8-12 weeks long) that can be extremely helpful. Cough techniques to clear secretions ... ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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