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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. L. Collins
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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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I watched my gma pass in hospice on Friday my fam & friends think I should talk to pro cause of it. I'm sad but @ peace. ShecPassed from copd?

I watched my gma pass in hospice on Friday my fam & friends think I should talk to pro cause of it. I'm sad but @ peace. ShecPassed from copd?

Dr. Kubler-Ross: Sorry to hear about your grandma, our condolences go out to you. I recommend you look into a book called "Death and Dying" by Dr. Elisabeth Kugler-Ross. The book will help you understand the stages of grieving you will go through. It is a normal and natural process, and it is good that you are focused on dealing with your grief in a healthy way. MDs in psychiatry help. http://www.ekrfoundation.org ...Read more

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How effective is wearing a medical protective mask in a room that may have sick people. I am worried as I have COPD with other lung issues.

How effective is wearing a medical protective mask in a room that may have sick people. I am worried as I have COPD with other lung issues.

Would be reasonable: to do especially if you are concerned they have the flu as the flu is spread by droplet as well as fomites. Most respiratory viruses are spread this way so a mask will offer some protection by not allowing you to inhale the droplets. There are various types of masks available. Make sure you use good hand hygiene practices. ...Read more

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Can COPD cause pain?

Can COPD cause pain?

Possibly from: Persistent coughing could get chest muscle pain --see pcp for ck up. ...Read more

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How can I treat copd?

How can I treat copd?

Stop smoking...: COPD needs to be treated by a physician as there are meds available like bronchodilators and steroid inhalers to control symptoms. If the oxygen level is low, oxygen therapy may be needed. The best thing you can do for yourself is to quit smoking if you are a smoker. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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How can I help my copd?

See a pulmonologist: Don't smoke. Use inhalers to help with symptoms. Get vaccinated for influenza each year. See a pulmonologist if moderate or severe symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you have COPD at 33?

Can you have COPD at 33?

Yes but...: Yes but see your pulmonolgist for further testing. You may have asthma that is worsened by smoking. If you truly have COPD then further testing to look for potential alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency would be important. ...Read more

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Will qigong help my copd?

Will qigong help my copd?

Probably: Qigong are simple age old chinese exercises intending to improve general flexibility and well being of the individual. It is also supposed to improve cardiovascular and respiratory health. It is also called chinese yoga. ...Read more

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When is COPD an emergency?

Labored breathing: Many patients with COPD will have some difficulty breathing, particularly during exertion- this is part of the disease and to be expected. If breathing becomes labored, especially at rest, the patient should be evaluated quickly by a doctor as they may not be able to maintain the level of effort required to continue breathing at this level for long. ...Read more

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Having a flare up of copd?

Having a flare up of copd?

See your physician: A COPD exacerbation can be an emergency. I would highly recommend seeing your doctor and getting on appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why COPD is worse for women?

Why COPD is worse for women?

We don't know why: It is true that COPD is more common in women than men who smoked, but it is not clear why. We don't know if it is the kind of cigarettes smoked, the amount smoked, if it is genetic/related to hormones.... It is under investigation, but (as we don't know why COPD happens) we are a ways from an answer. ...Read more

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Can mild COPD be reversed?

Can mild COPD be reversed?

No: Nothing will reverse it. The most helpful thing for COPD is to quit smoking if you do smoke. If you don't, then try to find the cause and treat the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Is copd a serious condition ?

Is copd a serious condition ?

Not always,: depending on symptoms, measurement of lung function, and need for various medications and Oxygen. Basically, one can divide the degrees of severity from mild, moderate to severe and finally end-stage. Good question. ...Read more

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What is COPD a risk factor for?

See below: Having COPD can put you at risk for lung infections, cardiac issues, and pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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How common is COPD in nonsmokers?

How common is COPD in nonsmokers?

COPD: Not common at all. There is recent data to suggest that nonsmokers exposed to second hand smoke are at risk of developing copd. There are also genetic disorders such as Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could present with mild to moderate copd, despite not being a smoker. ...Read more

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How can COPD be diagnosed please?

How can COPD be diagnosed please?

Carefully: COPD is a fairly common disease, generally caused by smoking. It can be associated with frequent breathlessness, coughing, and mucous production as well as other symptoms like weight loss. In most cases, your doctor should do a confirmatory breathing test before making the diagnosis - mainly because other diseases can look like COPD and may be more treatable. COPD symptoms can be treated. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of acute copd?

What is the meaning of acute copd?

Possibly...: Perhaps, you are referring to an acute exacerbation of copd? This occurs when a COPD patient experiences a sudden worsening of symptoms like shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, etc. An acute exacerbation of COPD can be caused by an infection, among other etiologies. See your doctor if you have a sudden worsening of your symptoms so diagnosis and treatment can be given! ...Read more

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How can you know if you have copd?

Symptoms...: COPD usually is caused by smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough (either productive or not), weight loss or gain, cyanosis (blue discoloration of skin, lips, etc.), etc. COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. If you have ever smoked and you have some of these symptoms, see your doctor for a pulmonary function test to diagnose copd. It is treatable, not curable. ...Read more

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How can I determine if I have copd?

How can I determine if I have copd?

PFTs: Pulmonary function testing is the gold standard, and will generally tell you if you have COPD and what stage you are. This is complemented by physical exam, history, especially of smoking or exposures, and x-rays or ct scans. ...Read more

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more