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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irregular heartbeat i had a severe COPD attack 2 weeks ago which i ended up in the hospital for 6 days two of which was in the icu on bipap and the other four i was on oxygen because my saturation level would not stay above 90%.....Yesterday i went to the
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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