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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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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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When someone has audible wheezing from COPD is it always present ? and can they make it stop?

When someone has audible wheezing from COPD is it always present ? and can they make it stop?

No: audible wheezing is not always present in everyone with COPD. This can be a sign of worsening and should use rescue inhalers or nebulizer (albuterol). If worsening despite using inhalers, need to see a physician for further treatment which may also include prednisone. ...Read more

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Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux

Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux

Unlikely: Not after 8 years, even 2 packs/day.Nicotine withdrawal slows gut=>constipation=>reflux which causes wheezing. Also, healing lungs eject retained smoky mucous from deep down that tastes bad ; increases wheeze. Anxiety worsens, too. If it helps, it all happened to me when i quit 2 packs/day for 9yrs. It's temporary. Drink lots of fluids, rest. Treat wheezing/reflux if needed. You're so worth it. ...Read more

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Sometimes i have a barely audible wheeze. i do not cough, not breathless,22y.o., used to smoke for 5 years but i quit 8 months ago. could i have copd?

Sometimes i have a barely audible wheeze. i do not cough, not breathless,22y.o., used to smoke for 5 years but i quit 8 months ago. could i have copd?

Unlikely COPD but: You should see your doctor to get a sense of where the wheeze is coming from and the cause. COPD usually takes longer to develop and is quite rare in someone of your age. You could have some form of irritant airway reactivity, but remember, not all wheezing come from deep in the lungs, sometimes it come from the higher up in the wind pipe or throat. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing ?

Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing
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Exacerbation...: It sounds like you are having a COPD exacerbation. If there are no signs of infection, you may need to increase your meds but only under the guidance of your doctor. If your shortness of breath is severe or worsening, go to the er for emergent treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do I have copd? I was born with a slightly narrow windpipe and have been having regular but increasing breathing difficulty and wheezing.

Do I have copd? I was born with a slightly narrow windpipe and have been having regular but increasing breathing difficulty and wheezing.

Not really: In the real sense of the phrase, any chronic obstruction to include asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and things called bronchiolitis which may be the one you have is COPD but in the loose sense, COPD is emphysema, which is a destruction of lung tissues or loss of some connective tissue and bowing of the midsize airways that lead to enlarged air sacs and loss of surface area. ...Read more

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Wheezing, cough, short breath, COPD symptoms... 21 yr old male, nonsmoker. Has been diagnosed as severe bronchitis/pneumonia before. Symptoms back now?

Wheezing, cough, short breath, COPD symptoms... 21 yr old male, nonsmoker. Has been diagnosed as severe bronchitis/pneumonia before. Symptoms back now?

Asthma : At 21 it would seem to me that COPD is not an option rather acute flare up of asthma. And from what you say not well controlled. I suggest a visit to your primary care physician or allergist/pulmonologist to help control the symptoms ...Read more

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No asthma/cough/wheezing, Pulm Hyper, copd, fibrosis, cancer. Pulm exer. test reached resp acidosis too fast. Can't breath when I am hot. nothing help?

No asthma/cough/wheezing, Pulm Hyper, copd, fibrosis, cancer. Pulm exer. test reached resp acidosis too fast. Can't breath when I am hot. nothing help?

See pulomonologist: Looks like you badly need the help of a pulmonologist especially when respiratory acidosis occurs rapidly with exercise test. ...Read more

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I have COPD I am having to take more inhaler as of late, due to tightness in throat and wheezing, does this mean that it is getting worse?

I have COPD I am having to take more inhaler as of late, due to tightness in throat and wheezing, does this mean that it is getting worse?

Acute exacerbation: Either getting worse or just sudden worsening, what we call acute exacerbation. You didn't mention which inhalers but in general, you should be on three, two of which are preventive (spiriva or tudorza plus advair or symbicort), and third is rescue (albuterol). Could also consider Daliresp (roflumilast) pill. Go see your doctor for evaluation & adjustment of your regimen. ...Read more

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Wheeze. Short of breath. Cough sometimes clear sometimes yellow. 8 pack year hist.Copd? Asthma? Just sick? Xray had hyperinflation follow up one fine.

Wheeze. Short of breath. Cough sometimes clear sometimes yellow. 8 pack year hist.Copd? Asthma? Just sick? Xray had hyperinflation follow up one fine.

Any of number cond.: Both conditions are associated with cough and wheezing. A pulmonary function test is a helpful diagnostic test which can help your physician determine the underlying cause of your shortness of breath and productive cough. Checking your temperature and providing a sputum sample for analysis may be helpful as well. Prmg will review records at attn. Prmg fax 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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No cough or sputum but I have a wheeze and tight chest. Pred. Value spirometry is 83%. Is this COPD or late onset asthma?

No cough or sputum but I have a wheeze and tight chest. Pred. Value spirometry is 83%. Is this COPD or late onset asthma?

More information pls: COPD patients typically will produce more sputum or mucus when they cough. Your symptoms may be either but without a history of smoking, asthma is more likely. Since you have had a PFT , asking for the FEV1/FVC ratio will help your physician determine whether there is a component of restriction as well. ...Read more

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I have moderate copd. I only use Qvar if I get wheezy. Usually in the winter. Should I use it all the time?

I have moderate copd. I only use Qvar if I get wheezy. Usually in the winter. Should I use it all the time?

Technically...: Qvar and other inhaled steroids are maintenance medications, meaning you take them like you would a cholesterol pill or a high blood pressure pill. You need to use it twice a day, every day to get the full effect. ...Read more

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Can COPD be reversed?

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 more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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What're COPD symptoms?

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 more

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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


Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more