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Copd Death Timeline
Depends...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease. The rate of progression for an individual patient depends on a lot of factors including whether or not the person is still smoking. Smoking definitely increases the disease progression. If the person's oxygen level is low, then oxygen therapy will slow disease progression. Inhaled bronchodilator and steroids will help with symptoms. ...Read more
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
Yes: Pulmonary function tests typically "deteriorate" as you get older. If a person has impaired pulmonary function as a result of copd, the results can also deteriorate over time. The rate of this decline is variable and is affected by certain variables including tobacco use and genetics. The test results (if performed in a steady state) typically do not improve over time. ...Read more
A Long Time...:
COPD is not a death sentence. Of course, it depends on how severe the COPD is, but patients with COPD can live long, active, and functional lives.
If you have copd, the first thing to do is stop smoking. After that, see your doctor to get a lung function test to see how severe it is. Then, get on a treatment regimen to help you feel better.
You can't cure it, but you can live well with it. ...Read more
Narrowed Plumming: Through means we do not completely understand, people with COPD have narrowing of the tubes that deliver air to sacs in the lung where oxygen is absorbed. This is probably due to prolonged exposure to irritants that damage the tissue. The pressure from breathing out can further compress the tubes. The smaller the tube the longer it takes the air to pass. ...Read more
COPD: COPD stands for for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The term obstructive refers to the impaired ability to exhale due to damaged lung and/or airways. ...Read more
See doctor...: Increased sleepiness in a COPD patient can be due to decreased oxygen levels as well as increased carbon dioxide levels, a potentially serious combination. An arterial blood has analysis, or abg, can check both your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels so see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If your symptoms are associated with increased shortness of breath, go to er. ...Read more
I have moderate copd. I only use Qvar if I get wheezy. Usually in the winter. Should I use it all the time?
My boyfriend is 55 and has copd. He is having a hard time quiting smoking. What can he do to have some energy?
Copd: Stopping smoking will eventually help him. He should see his doctor about getting into the best health possible. Living a healthy life style is important. Your support is vital. There is no reason that making love should be withheld as this promotes well being. ...Read more
Why do I get chills & fevers every time my husband gets sick with the COPD he has? This has happened twice in the last few years. Thanks.
You are: Probably transferring the infection back and forth because you are in such close qusrters!! ...Read more
Absolutely: Asthma and COPD are technically two separate processes, though more research is showing similarities between the two. Both conditions are considered "obstructive" processes; that is, they obstruct air flow from the lungs out into the environment. Asthma typically affects the smaller airways, while COPD mostly affects the alveoli -- tiny air sacs at the very end of our airways. ...Read more
I have COPD and at this time of the year I am frightened of getting 'flu am I right to stay indoors?
My mom was diagnosed copd, she is 70. She is in stage 3, what can I do to help her. How much time do we have. She has never smoked.?
Multiple things: First you should discuss your moms specifics with her doctor. The COPD stage is not precise enough to say how long one might live. With good care of the COPD one can live a long time. Treatment entails a number of things that a patient should seek, include smoking cessation, use of inhaled medicines to decrease symptoms, a flu shot yearly, pneumonia vaccine and pulmonary rehab. Oxygen if needed. ...Read more
Copd, I have been diagnosed with COPD and it was attributed to my smoking over 20 years ago. I thought your lungs recovered over time?
Sorry: Unfortunately the lung does not recover and our lung function will deteriorate with aging whether you're a smoker or not. ...Read more
Is a 70 year old woman with mild COPD and asthsma likely to need oxygen full time in the near future?
Not Necessarily: Asthma is reversible. COPD is not reversible. Most pts requiring oxygen is because they have chronic hypoxemia. It is common for COPD to turn into chronic hypoxemia requiring constant oxygen but much less for asthmatic pts unless they are in constant "status asmarhicus" or develope cor pulmonale with cardiac insufficiency. ...Read more
My father is on oxygen all the time for copd. Is it normal that he is seeing things, especially at night?
Never normal: It's never normal to "see things". There are several possible explanations: medical disease, medicine or drug side-effect, brain injury, etc. The situation should be evaluated by your father's physician. Nighttime visual hallucinations are often have a medical cause. Usually there is effective treatment available to stop these misperceptions. ...Read more
I have severe COPD and I feel good most of the time, but get infections and end up hospitalized. Is it my immune system?
Can coffee cause dehydration. My friend has COPD. And has a hard time breathing and always wants coffee. It this good for him?
Probably not, but: Though coffee (the caffeine) is a diuretic, the amount he needs to drink for dehydration is very high. However, complicating this would be walking or exercising in hot weather without drinking water. Another issue may be that he is taking water pills which would only add to dehydration possibilities. ...Read more
His oxygen level at 92 but has severe COPD. Is it safe to add oxygen now? Very out of breath all the time.
A VERY GOOD:
QUESTION!! At a certain point in severe COPD the low Oxygen level is the ONLY stimulus to BREATHING (the addition of Oxygen can result in apnea (lack of breathing and ultimately DEATH!) Therefore usually the supplemental tank will not contain PURE Oxygen! His PULMONOLOGIST is the person who should deal with this issue!!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Can u tell me what cause so much of pain in back have COPD 3 spot on lung cought all time hurt to breaher in deep?
Many possibilities: Age not given nor if you do or don't smoke or if you did in the past. Cough can be related to a constant irritation of your lung tubes or an irritating process in your lung breathing tissue. The cough could be related to the "spots" in your lung. Hard and/or frequent cough can hurt the back and strain chest wall muscles. You need to see your Dr. Soon for full evaluation. Spot cause must be IDed. ...Read more
I am on 10MG daily prednisone for COPD and would like to get off this drug but ever time I try to reduce the amount I take my O2 goes to about 85%?
Reconciling goals: Would suggest tapering on your symptoms, specifically shortness of breath. Another way would be to taper less at a time, for example 1 mg and give yourself couple of days to look for worsening symptoms. Otherwise you are caught in between 2 numbers, your saturation and the amount of prednisone that eventually you will have to compromise between by either accepting a lower saturation or 10 mg dose ...Read more
I have COPD and cough all the time due to this I now have a rather large hernia on my left side over my rib cage. When I cough I feel like I am being stabbed and it is quite painful to the touch. Help?
I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time?
How can cough be avoided in patients with copd? Is antibiotics the first line of treatment each time there is a cough?
One of many: To treat exacerbation of copd, yes, but often along with other medications such as atrovent (ipratropium) inhaler, etc. Antibiotics are used often and early for acute exacerbation of COPD because of the propensity of this patient population to develop subsequent pneumonia. I assume this person is under treatment by a physician for these problems? If not, seek one out immediately. ...Read more
Dad has copd and I'm wondering if there is a over the counter inhaler? He says he's having a hard time breathing. Already on oxygen.
No: Inhalers for respiratory distress are prescription items and are to be used according to strict instructions. If he's experiencing significant shortness of breath and is also on nasal oxygen therapy, he needs evaluation and treatment by a qualified physician or pulmonologist. Otherwise dire consequences will occur if his condition continues to worsen. I recommend going to the emergency room now. ...Read more
If stem cell therapy is not an option for COPD today, is there promising research going on? At what time in future might this become a reality?
Stem cells: Stem cells offer promise in many areas where dysfunctional cells are not doing the job. This includes COPD and other areas where cells do not work well. But work is in early research, was put behind many years by theologic based political decisions, and was overhyped by advocates trying to fight the politics. It will be a number of years in the future for success. ...Read more
My air sacks in my left airways avioli are closing left lung. Copd, rt. Side. Not as bad Pneumonia, freq. Has increased. Time eat left.
???: I have no idea you what you are asking. If you have COPD and pneumonia I hope on antibiotics and on and inhaler to open your airways. In addition, you should have compression and drainage treatments to help get rid of that mucus in your airways. Pulmonary physical therapy would also be helpful. I hope you don't smoke, if you do, please stop during this time. Drink lots of water and take Mucinex (guaifenesin) to break up mucus so you can get rid of it easier. You also need adequate rest. ...Read more
Can ashtma/copd issues cause dizziness at times? I also have leg weakness, any connection? It's a progressive thing that's gotten worse over time.
If you are 24: ...And have been told you have copd, you might need a second opinion from a board certified pulmonologist. Asthma and COPD should not cause dizziness, and leg weakness is not at all a common manifestation of either. You need a good doctor, not a brief chat on the internet. ...Read more
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