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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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I am a co2 retainer, I do not have copd, never smoked. I have scolaris and co2 retaainer just happened, what can I do for it?Eileen osinski

I am a co2 retainer, I do not have copd, never smoked.  I have scolaris and co2 retaainer just happened, what can I do for it?Eileen osinski

CO2 retention: If you have scoliosis your rib cage is unable to effectively act as a bellows and move air in and out of your lungs. Thus you cannot eliminate co2. It is important to not take excessive amounts of oxygen which can increase your co2. Noninvasive ventilation (bipap) can increase your ventilation and reduce your co2 level. You should see a pulmonologist to help you. ...Read more

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I've got COPD my co2 blood test results came back low, what does this mean?

I've got COPD my co2 blood test results came back low, what does this mean?

Carbon dioxide...: In copd, if you are unable to effectively breathe, your carbon dioxide level would be high. If your oxygen level is low, one compensation is to increase your ventilation, if possible, resulting in low carbon dioxide levels but higher oxygen levels. This usually is what happens earlier in the disease process. ...Read more

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What to do if I have COPD my co2 blood test results came back low, what does this mean?

Low CO2...: COPD is a chronic lung disease. If your carbon dioxide level is low, it means you are breathing deeper and/or faster and you are "blowing off" your carbon dioxide. It is often a sign that you are working harder to breathe. If your oxygen level is normal, it means you are able to get in enough oxygen. If your oxygen level is low, supplemental oxygen is prescribed. ...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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I have copd. How would being a co retainer effect my oxygen level readings?

I have copd. How would being a co retainer effect my oxygen level readings?

Variable.: The carbon dioxide levels don't necessarily have a direct effect on oxygen levels. The severity of the underlying COPD has more of an effect on the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels. ...Read more

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With COPD what does a carbon dioxide level of 33 mean?

With COPD what does a carbon dioxide level of 33 mean?

CO2 and COPD: Generally, only elevated carbon dioxide (co2), which is a level over 40, has importance in COPD as it indicates severe disease. ...Read more

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What is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to copd?

Cause of death: Carbon dioxide buildup happens as COPD worsens. In an acut exacerbation (sudden worsening), co2 will rapidly accumulate. This can lead to confusion, sedation, and decreased respiratory drive. If not promptly treated it will lead to death. ...Read more

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Can doctor find out if a person is a co2 retainer using an abg?

Can doctor find out if a person is a co2 retainer using an abg?

Yes: If the pco2 is elevated on the abg, that would be consistent with being a co2 retainer. ...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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Retainer (Definition)

Retainers are orthodontic appliances designed to minimize changes over time in your nice orthodontic result that you and your orthodontist have worked so hard for. Wear them as ...Read more