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Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

Is a pigeon chest and barrel chest the same thing?

No: A pigeon chest is a deformity of the sternum in teenagers called pectus carinitum or excavatum. These are usually not responsible for any symptoms but are mostly cosmetic. A barrel chest is the result of COPD or emphysema and is an over expansion of the lungs from smoking resulting in the entire rib cage billowing out ke a barrel. ...Read more

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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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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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Does COPD feel like u have a air bubble in your chest?

Sometimes: Patients with advanced COPD can "trap" air in their lungs which is uncomfortable and leads to a variety of symptoms, ...Shortness of breath chest pain, wheezing. ...Read more

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I suffer from COPD , angina.I keep getting pains on the left side of my chest. ?

I suffer from COPD , angina.I keep getting pains on the left side of my chest.
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Doctor: Ou should seek medical attention. COPD tends to be a painless disease unless there is infection in the lungs. With angina in your history you need to make sure it is not your heart. ...Read more

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I have this weird feeling in this chest that won't go away but only if you breath in heavily and it has gotten worse i think it's COPD ?

I have this weird feeling in this chest that won't go away but only if you breath in heavily and it has gotten worse i think it's COPD ?

OK, see Dr: Breathing is a good thing...You should see a dr for evaluation of symptoms that are concerning to you! could be a restrictive lung issue, and could benefit from bronchodilator--but might be something else as well. Get seen & pulmonary function tested. ...Read more

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Does your chest feel tight when you have copd?

Possibly...: Bronchospasm can be present in a person who has COPD and this can cause the sensation you are describing. If you feel short of breath, you should see a doctor emergently for diagnosis and treatment as this can be life-threatening! ...Read more

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What is prognosis for copd ? Frequent chest inf and breathlessness occurring . Can this be cured ?

What is prognosis for copd ?

Frequent chest inf and breathlessness occurring . Can this be cured ?

Depends,: The prognostic point scale for COPD is found here: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/297664-overview#aw2aab6b2b6aa. ...Read more

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I have severe COPD and was hospitalised a few days ago with a chest infection. Is the end near?

I have severe COPD and was hospitalised a few days ago with a chest infection. Is the end near?

Not necessarily: Patients with advanced COPD can live for prolonged periods of time and there are measures to improve both length and quality of life. Specifics should be discussed with your doctor. Some measures that can be considered, include optimization of medications, o2 use when appropriate, pulmonary rehab, and lung volume reduction surgery, even lung transplant in highly selected patients. ...Read more

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I've been told that I have copd.Do you get chest pain with this illness?Sometimes it feels like someone sits on my chest, hurts to breathe.is itcommon

I've been told that I have copd.Do you get chest pain with this illness?Sometimes it feels like someone sits on my chest, hurts to breathe.is itcommon

Yes!: Yes, you can get chest pain with COPD and it may feel exactly like someone sitting on your chest. If this happens frequently, you should see a lung specialist since your meds may need to be adjusted to control your COPD better. Also, no smoking, being around people who smoke, or not wearing a mask when in polluted areas or when lots of dust/particulates in the air are present. ...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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