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How can I cure my COPD breathlessness in order to sleep?

How can I cure my COPD breathlessness in order to sleep?

See doctor: There are many treatments for COPD but the word cure is probably not very appropriate. You can improve but it is doubtful you will be cured. First the diagnosis has to be clarified with various tests which will also help decide how severe is the problem. If you are smoking, stop. There are pills and inhaled medicines that improve copd. You may need oxygen at night or during the day as well. ...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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I am worried I have copd or heart disease. Spyrometry, chest xray, treadmill tests all normal-strong. 10 pack year smoker, 2+ years quit. Have mild shortness of breath, recurring right lung pain (not chest), mild air hunger, tested for sleep apnea, will f

I am worried I have copd or heart disease. Spyrometry, chest xray, treadmill tests all normal-strong. 10 pack year smoker, 2+ years quit. Have mild shortness of breath, recurring right lung pain (not chest), mild air hunger, tested for sleep apnea, will f

Study the gallbladder?: Does not make sense. Heavy smoker, SOB, and supernormal spirometry? Do you have an oximetry? 1. Repeat the test (spirometry) 2. Do a MRI of chest, rule out mesothelioma (early), or any type of infection. 3. What is your BMI? 4. You should have a cardiologist and a pulmonologist and put all together. Symptoms usually correlate with tests. ...Read more

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What is prognosis for copd? Frequent chest inf and breathlessness occurring. Can this be cured?

What is prognosis for copd? Frequent chest inf and breathlessness occurring. Can this be cured?

Depends,: The prognostic point scale for COPD is found here: http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/297664-overview#aw2aab6b2b6aa. ...Read more

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COPD breathlessness gets real bad. I do symbicourt, incruse and a nebulizer with no relief. Blood oxygen is in a he 90's. What more can I do or take.?

COPD breathlessness gets real bad. I do symbicourt, incruse and a nebulizer with no relief. Blood oxygen is in a he 90's. What more can I do or take.?

See below: I would recommend having a follow up with your pulmonologist. You are on good medications. However, if you are having a flare up, you may need more acute treatment. If you are not, then you may need other testing done, such as an ECHO or maybe try pulmonary rehab. I would be happy to discuss further if you need more information. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of breathlessness in a non smoker if asthma and COPD ruled out?

What are the possible causes of breathlessness in a non smoker if asthma and COPD ruled out?

Breathless: If your handle means you are 53yo think about your heart or how in shape you are; if breathlessness continues see your doctor. ...Read more

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I hve breathlessness on very mild activity X-ray and pft are normal echo ECG normal, I am worrying for pulmonary fibrosis or COPD can LPR cause breat?

I hve breathlessness on very mild activity X-ray and pft are normal echo ECG normal, I am worrying for pulmonary fibrosis or COPD can LPR cause breat?

Not: If your pft and cxr are normal, COPD and pf have been ruled out. Other tests to consider are: cbc, tsh, and bnp. If all normal, consider a fitness program. Anxiety can also cause marked breathlessness if this applies to you. ...Read more

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I do have COPD but not very advanced. Have stopped smoking, since may. More breathless now. Stay in south africa. Very hot at present.

I do have COPD but not very advanced. Have stopped smoking, since may. More breathless now. Stay in south africa. Very hot at present.

COPD Breathless: There may be several reasons for breathless despite quit smoking. You may have asthma in addition to copd. You also may have a slight heart condition contributing. Also, you may need your own finger oximeter to test your oxygen. It may be that you lack oxygen. Finally, reflux into your lungs during sleep may worsen symptoms. Inhalers can help. Breath testing recommended. ...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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What might the cause to of sudden breathlessness during sleeping?

What might the cause to of sudden breathlessness during sleeping?

Sleep disorder....: A number of problems could be going on. A night terror or bad dream could bring on acute anxiety, and then feeling of breathlessness. Sleep apnea -abnormal sleep state with prolonged pauses of breathing, then suddenly and loudly (sneeringly) starts again; there is repeated awakenings, and then somnolence during the day to point of falling asleep. See internist and/or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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What causes sudden breathlessness during sleep?

What causes sudden breathlessness during sleep?

Sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is getting more common as our population gets heavier but under diagnosed. Your symptom indicates you should get further evaluation as osa left untreated can have many adverse effects. ...Read more

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Is breathlessness a symptom of sleep deprivation?

Is breathlessness a symptom of sleep deprivation?

Breathlessness: Not usually due to sleep deprivation, but there are a number of causes including anemia, allergies, asthma or even sleep apnea. If you are having trouble breathing then you should see your doctor, there are tests he or she can perform. ...Read more

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If I sleep on chest side I get breathlessness in minutes wt cud be this?

Pericardium: The pericardium, the fine liner around the heart, can be inflamed or filled with fluid. This can be the cause of such symptoms. Similarly, fluid or inflammation of the pleura, the lining around the lung, can produce similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Does brown mucus and shortness of breath always point to copd? Ten year smoker. No exercise. Age 24.

Does brown mucus and shortness of breath always point to copd? Ten year smoker. No exercise. Age 24.

COPD at age 24: Is highly unlikely, but having bronchitis or sinus infections or other problems related to smoking is very likely. Your body is trying to give you a message - it would be a very good thing for you to listen to it. If you are worried, your doctor can do simple office-based test to reassure you that it is not permanent damage to your lungs (yet), but what you really need is to stop smoking;. ...Read more

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Ever since I had my d&c....I am getting those anxiety attacks like breathlessness, worries specially while trying to sleep. Why? Please help.

Ever since I had my d&c....I am getting those anxiety attacks like breathlessness, worries specially while trying to sleep. Why? Please help.

PPA (Anxiety): This sounds like postpartum anxiety. Talk to your ob. Reach out to a psychologist for an assessment and individualized treatment. Consult w/ psychiatrist regarding med options. Check out www. Postpartum. Net. ...Read more

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Have shortness of breath for a few weeks. Strangely during one of the nights I could breathe normally. Does that rule out COPD since it's irreversible?

Have shortness of breath for a few weeks. Strangely during one of the nights I could breathe normally. Does that rule out COPD since it's irreversible?

No....: The chronic obstruction can be seen on pulmonary function tests even when patients have no symptoms. No symptoms does not mean no obstruction so this does not rule out copd, chronic obstructing pulmonary disease. If you smoke you need to quit and see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Wow: You should see a lung specialist. Usually an inhaled steroid, an anticholinergic, a long acting beta agonist and a short acting beta agonist should help. But there are many other things such as rehabilitation and prednisone. See a lung specialist. To have it fine tuned. ...Read more

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Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing?

Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing?

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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While I was travelling to kenya, I had experienced breathlessness, as I do suffer from palpitations, should I take sleeping pills on my way back?

While I was travelling to kenya, I had experienced breathlessness, as I do suffer from palpitations, should I take sleeping pills on my way back?

You could: Don't mix them with alcohol. Don't overdose. If they were prescribed to you, presumably you don't have any contraindications or allergies to them. The breathlessness and palpitations (whatever their cause) should not be exacerbated by sleeping pills (a benzodiazapine?). ...Read more

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Should I get checked for copd? Been a smoker for 3 years and no serious medical conditions. However, cough phlegm and occasional shortness of breath.

Not likely: Chances are that you do not have COPD after three years of smoking, unless you smoke 4 packs a day or have other underlying conditions that could predispose you to copd. But if you are having new symptoms of shortness of breath then you should get checked out. ...Read more

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64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

Could B exacerbation: Any changes of the normal could be an exacebation of copd. Typical would be antibiotics not just for infection but antiflamatory properties as well. May need adjustments to medications as well. Need to see md especially if above occurs or an incease in rescue inhalers is noted. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...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