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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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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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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult. ...Read more

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My mom has COPD and a co2 level of 43, up from 38 three months ago. She will not wear her bipap. What can I expect to happen?

My mom has COPD and a co2 level of 43, up from 38 three months ago. She will not wear her bipap. What can I expect to happen?

Progression...: COPD is a slowly progressive lung disease and the progression will be slower if your mother no longer smokes. As the disease progresses, the lungs will gradually fail and her carbon dioxide will rise and her oxygen level will decrease. Eventually, her oxygen level will be low enough to require supplemental oxygen. She will become more short of breath, first with activity and later even @ rest. ...Read more

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Everything tastes salty.have been diagnosed with COPD within the last 4 months. CO2 rises if don't sleep with bipap . Losing weight because salty tast?

Everything tastes salty.have been diagnosed with COPD within the last 4 months. CO2 rises if don't sleep with bipap . Losing weight because salty tast?

Salty taste causes: First you must differentiate salty and metallic taste. If more metallic, then mouth bleeding or medication side effects should be considered. Most salty taste due to dehydration so try hydrating if so. Otherwise, consider postnasal drip, and some rarer causes like smoking, sjogrens disease, MS, and even mild stroke. You are best off consulting with your regular doctor but I hope you feel better;) ...Read more

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Can bipap ventilation be used at home to mantain a normal pco2 after hypercapneic bout in a COPD patient?

Can bipap ventilation be used at home to mantain a normal pco2 after hypercapneic bout in a COPD patient?

Remember: Usually once at the acute insult has been addressed in COPD patients - in this case, whatever cased the hypercapneic bout - noninvasive positive pressure ventilation continued at home isn't usually necessary. Home BiPap is often used in sleep apnea patients for whom CPAP isn't optimal or in someone with CO2 retention and sleep apnea or in people with neuromuscular disease who need help breathing. ...Read more

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Can COPD be reversed?

Can COPD be reversed?

No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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What're COPD symptoms?

Symptoms...: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath either with activity or at rest, cough either productive of sputum or non-productive. Symptoms can also include weight loss and malaise. Symptoms typically occur after a significant smoking history. See your doctor for testing if you think you may have this incurable disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of copd?

What are the symptoms of copd?

COPD: COPD is characterized by shortness of breath and chronic productive cough, typically in a smoker or ex-smoker. ...Read more

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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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