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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. Michael Kleerekoper
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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'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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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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What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib. She has an O2machine at home. Is 5% too high?

Does not compute.: Your mother's situation is complex & I can't make sense of your question since the O2 saturation measures oxyhemoglobin & CO2 measures carbon dioxide pressure. (They can be unrelated). 5% O2 saturation is TOO LOW - not compatible with life - for arterial blood. Do you mean 5 LPM on the O2 tank? Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD to get correct answers, because there's no way to answer using 400 character ...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

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Carbon dioxide...: Carbon dioxide levels can elevate in COPD patients due to the inability to ventilate properly. This increased carbon dioxide level can lead to symptoms that are similar to acutely taking narcotics which has lead to the expression carbon dioxide narcosis. Symptoms include lethargy, confusion, disorientation, decreased sensations, etc. ...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?

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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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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