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Is It Fine To Sleep A Lot When You Have Emphysema
Yes: It is typical for patients with emphysema to sleep a great deal. Often people with emphysema expend considerable energy just breathing. Thus they are fatigued and often sleep more. Other factors could be involved such as an elevated carbon dioxide or infection, thus if this is an acute change a doctor needs to be consulted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
My husband aged 43 has emphysema. He always seems to be coughing and is not sleeping very well at night. Is this normal for someone with emphysema?
Where can I find reliable information about pulmonary hypertension? I was recently diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, likely caused by emphysema and sleep apnea.
My husband has last stage COPD and langerhand cell and has been sleeping a lot also is starting to twitch and his memory is bad should I be worried.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly...: Untreated sleep apnea can have many complications but it does not directly cause COPD. The obstruction that is talked about in sleep apnea is more of a mechanical obstruction of the upper airways related to redundant soft tissue. The airway obstruction in COPD is related to disease of the airways caused typically from smoking. Hope this helps!!!! ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom wont take her meds for COPD and diabetes, won't let us take her to dr. Won't eat or change, just sleep. Can someone come to us to check her?
Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more
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