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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. Peter Ihle
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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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Is smog especially bad for people with COPD or emphysema?

Is smog especially bad for people with COPD or emphysema?

Definitely: Smog is air pollution. It increases risk of flare ups, likelihood of hospitalization, and causes increased use of medications. ...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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What is the difference between COPD and emphysema?

What is the difference between COPD and emphysema?

Category...: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Many diseases are types of COPD and emphysema is one type of copd. COPD is a more general category! ...Read more

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Is it actually true that COPD will turn into emphysema?

Is it actually true that COPD will turn into emphysema?

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The causes include emphysema wherein the elasticity of the lung is impaired producing difficulty with exhalation. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD and emphysema?

What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD and emphysema?

Depends,: The prognostic point scale for COPD is found here: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/297664-overview#aw2aab6b2b6aa. For example, of patients who cannot walk 100yards without shortness of breath, FEV1 of 36-49% predicted compared with age match controls, BMI ...Read more

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I'm 25, can I already be getting COPD or emphysema from smoking?

I'm 25, can I already be getting COPD or emphysema from smoking?

Maybe: If you are a heavy smoker emphysema can occur at an early age (less than 35). There is also a genetic disease called Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency that can cause emphysema to develop at any early age. If concerned you should seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

Maximize lift: Leaning slightly forward, palms resting on the knees, head slightly bent, lips pursed, fast breath in, slow and prolonged exhaling. The goal is to get the respiratory muscles including neck muscles, in the best position for maximal lift, and empty out the lungs as much as possible to make room for more air coming in. ...Read more

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Will COPD necessarily progress to emphysema?

Will COPD necessarily progress to emphysema?

Emphysema is a COPD: COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) is a group of diseases that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The disease names do not indicate severity. ...Read more

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What are the final symptoms of copd-emphysema?

What are the final symptoms of copd-emphysema?

COPD: Severe incapacitating shortness of breath and confusion from hypoxia(low oxygen) and carbon dioxide retention. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of emphysema and COPD?

Same thing: copd refers to the decreased airflow seen in the disease. emphysema is the pathologic process in the lung seen with copd. however the terms are used interchangably when discussing tobacco related lung disease. patients fear the term emphysema and prefer copd or chronic bronchitis ...Read more

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What is the best medication for COPD and why? I do not have emphysema.

What is the best medication for COPD and why? I do not have emphysema.

Emphysema: What? Emphysema is copd. There are several reasons to get copd, not just by smoking. But, unfortunately there is no 'best medication' for this. Your pulmonologist, i believe, is most likely giving you the best options available. ...Read more

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Emphysema vs COPD is an important distinction. How do you know the difference?

COPD more broad: COPD is a functional diagnosis, while emphysema is a diagnosis you make on a ct scan or pathology slide. COPD includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue most often due to smoking. Chronic bronchitis is a chronic, productive cough, also most often due to smoking. The end result of both is the same: inability to blow all the air out of the lungs. ...Read more

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What holiday location can you recommend to help sufferers of COPD and emphysema?

Where u love to be: Any location that speaks to them. For those on oxygen, caution with air travel and high altitudes. Lodging should have easy access, no long stairs to climb, avoid long hikes, consider availability of medical facilities, including pharmacies, bring enough medications. Do not forget about seasonal allergies if they are a problem. ...Read more

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What are the final stages (visual symptoms) of somebody dying from copd-emphysema?

What are the final stages (visual symptoms) of somebody dying from copd-emphysema?

Shortness of breath: In general, people who are very end stage COPD will have alot of difficulty breathing and typically will have fast and shallow breathing. Eventually they cannot keep up and start retaining co2 which makes them mentally altered and hypoxic which also makes them sluggish/loopy (and usually causes a grayish cast to the features). These changes are shortly followed by cardiac arrythmias and death. ...Read more

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I have smoked for 5 years and its been 8 months since my last cigarette. i am 22 now. is it possible that i could have emphysema/copd?

Unlikely: It all depends if you have trouble in breathing and have any signs of bronchitis .It would help to get a pulmonary as baseline function test ...Read more

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Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

COPD Emphysema: Treatment consists of smoking cessation, bronchodilators, steroids, pulmonary rehab, oxygen therapy, management of exacerbation and surgery in selected cases. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more