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Why (specificaly) would a patient with COPD breath better when he or she is in a sitting position?

Why (specificaly) would a patient with COPD breath better when he or she is in a sitting position?

Leverage: In COPD you need to make a bigger effort to breathe, to compensate for the narrowed bronchial tubes. This is generated by the breathing muscles which are located between the ribs, in the neck area, and upper torso. The muscles generate the most force when they are not too stretched and not too relaxed. This is best achieved in the seated position. Other factors also play a role. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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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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Why would a patient with COPD breathe better when he is a sitting position?

Why would a patient with COPD breathe better when he is a sitting position?

Gravity: COPD patients have trouble getting air out, they often use more muscle work to breath. So in the sitting position gravity helps take the abdominal contents out of the picture and helps the diaphragm recoil back. Plus arms are there to prop forward and expand the chest the widest. ...Read more

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I have this weird feeling in this chest that won't go away but only if you breath in heavily and it has gotten worse i think it's COPD ?

I have this weird feeling in this chest that won't go away but only if you breath in heavily and it has gotten worse i think it's COPD ?

OK, see Dr: Breathing is a good thing...You should see a dr for evaluation of symptoms that are concerning to you! could be a restrictive lung issue, and could benefit from bronchodilator--but might be something else as well. Get seen & pulmonary function tested. ...Read more

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I have copd, but why am i still short of breath while on oxygen?

I have copd, but why am i still short of breath while on oxygen?

Complicated dyspnea: Shortness of breath relates to the work of breathing as well as oxygenation. COPD when severe enough to need oxygen likely is associated with significant increase in the work of moving air into and out of the lungs. If still short of breath on oxygen there may still low oxygen in the blood stream or the work of getting enough into the blood stream may be causing the shortness of breath. ...Read more

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I have copd, what can I do to breath better at home.?

Medication, exercise: If you have COPD and have symptoms, you need to take certain medications regularly, when you feel good and when you don't feel so good. If you are smoking, quit smoking. Exercise daily, keep your muscle strength both arms and legs. Breathing exercises help too. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep up with vaccinations, flu and pneumonia. Use hand sanitizers. ...Read more

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What can restore breath most efficiently in the case of copd?

What can restore breath most efficiently in the case of copd?

Acute versus chronic: In an acute attack of COPD, oral steroids and nebulized albuterol can help breathing. In chronic management, inhaled medications are the way to go both for daily breathing effort and smaller bouts of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can a person have COPD and hold his/her breath for 2 minutes?

Depends: It will depend on the stage of copd. In early stages (chronic bronchitis, it may be possible. Later stages of course will reduce lung function accordingly. ...Read more

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Ii have copd stuggle for breath prescribed ttiotropium 18 micrograms once daily can i use more than once.

Ii have copd stuggle for breath prescribed ttiotropium 18 micrograms once daily can i use more than once.

Need other changes: Tiotropium has been shown to reduce hospitalizations & improve quality of life for people with COPD. Its benefits are experienced over time & it is absolutely not a rescue inhaler. 18mcg is the dose in the Handihaler, and is the maximum daily dose from that device. If still having problems, changes elsewhere in your treatment plan should be considered - best to see your doc ASAP. ...Read more

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When Drs listen to u breath can they tell if you have copd or emphysema ?

When Drs listen to u breath can they tell if you have copd or emphysema ?

Auscultation: When a patient has obstructive airways disease, the expiratory phase of respiration is increased compared to inspiration. There often are additional sounds which can indicate airway obstruction. When added to other physical findings, these can suggest COPD or emphysema. ...Read more

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Why willstanding up fast or bending over cause a sudden COPD panic attack in which i can't catch my breath?

Why willstanding up fast or bending over cause a sudden COPD panic attack in which i can't catch my breath?

Two Answers: Standing up too fast causes the blood to stay in the lower parts of the body, dropping blood pressure to the brain. Dehydration makes it worse as do certain drugs. This is called orthostatic hypotension. Bending over with COPD changes the way blood and oxygen are exchanged in the lungs, like lying flat on one's back. That is called orthopnea. Breathing improves by propping up with pillows. ...Read more

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Why can standing up fast or bending over cause a sudden COPD panic attack in which I can't catch my breath?

Increased pressure: Bending causes increased pressure in the abdomen which is in turn transmitted to the lungs causing shortness of breath. Lungs with diminished reserves like in COPD are unable to adjust to that pressure increase. The standing up part is a different story. ...Read more

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My wife has COPD and is over weight? Will loading weight help her breath better and do more? How the best way to do it? Walking is hard for her

My wife has COPD and is over weight? Will loading weight help her breath better and do more? How the best way to do it? Walking is hard for her

Possibly: Loosing weight is a good idea but depending on the severity of the COPD it may not help as often times in people with this the lung disease lung tissue gets destroyed. She should see a pulmonologist and get tested as oxygen may help the symptoms. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with mild COPD i also have a 5.2cm bullae I have become more out of breath. Is this more likely due to the bullae rather than mild COPD

Just diagnosed with mild COPD i also have a 5.2cm bullae I have become more out of breath. Is this more likely due to the bullae rather than mild COPD

Copd: The bulla is a fixed pulmonary process. The COPD is more dynamic and likely accounts for symptoms. However if cyst continues to enlarge , surgical resection can be done which may also improve lung fxcn as its removal will give the other airways more room to ecpand. ...Read more

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I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

Probably will ...: Eating carbohydrates, or drinking alcohol or sugary drinks requires the body to use more oxygen during their digestion than for proteins or fats. This causes someone to breathe a little more deeply, however having COPD will make this difficult and feel like shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

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
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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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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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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