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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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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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What are the last stages of COPD like?

What are the last stages of COPD like?

Challenging: Increasing need for oxygen. Increasing shortness of breath. Less exercise tolerance. More doctor and hospital visits. Need for more help and support. ...Read more

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What happens in the last stages of copd?

What happens in the last stages of copd?

End-stage...: In the final stages of copd, the patient is typically bed-bound due to severe shortness of breath present even at rest and which worsens with even minimal activity. They require supplemental oxygen at all times. Eventually, they cannot breathe effectively and they become unconscious due to the build-up of carbon dioxide which they cannot exhale. Then, death occurs. Avoid smoking to prevent this.. ...Read more

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Should a ventilator be used if they are in the last stages of copd?

Should a ventilator be used if they are in the last stages of copd?

Depends...: A patient in the final stages of COPD would have a high risk of not being able to come off the ventilator. Is this what the patient wants, to live their final days attached to a ventilator? Such a patient would likely need to be cared for in a facility as it would be extremely difficult to care for such a patient at home. The patient needs to make this decision knowing these facts. ...Read more

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How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?

Not much: If you really have end stage COPD and you have 90 % fluid in lungs and not treated for it you won't live longer. Technically if you are end stage COPD and any fluid in you lung, you already will be on a breathing machine or life support. ...Read more

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Hi my husband has last stage COPD recently had a blood gas test done his hemoglobin is high also his carboxhemoglobin is at 6 is this vary bad .

Hi my husband has last stage COPD recently had a blood gas test done his hemoglobin is high also his carboxhemoglobin is at 6 is this vary bad .

Typical for a smoker: If your husband is still smoking then, this is to be expected. The high hemoglobin is also due to his history of smoking and his copd. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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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.

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....: The symptoms you describe could be due to a low oxygen level and/or a high carbon dioxide level. He may need supplemental oxygen which may improve the situation. He needs to see a doctor asap; take him to the er if these symptoms are worsening. ...Read more

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Last stage COPD lower lip twitching is this normal.

Not normal: With severe COPD comes anxiety and often that can be manifested by quivering lips. Is there any tingling sensation? Any issues with hand spasms? In that case we think about your calcium level being low. If there are no symptoms of muscle weakness, flickering or fasciculations elsewhere, it is less likely to be a neurological condition. Try meditation-helps many of my patients with severe copd. ...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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