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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. Mark Ingerman
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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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Should I stay home from work if I have copd?

Should I stay home from work if I have copd?

Not necessarily...: Many patients with COPD are able to work for many years after their diagnosis but it does depend on some factors like how physical is your job, how is your oxygen level and many other factors. Your doctor can determine if you are still able to work or if your disease is severe enough that you can no longer work at your current job. But, COPD does not necessarily mean you can no longer work. ...Read more

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Hi my daughter just came home from the doctor and she has bronchitis. They gave her zithro how long will she be contagious we were going to go visit my mom tomorrow and my mom has copd also i need to go stay with my mom on monday for a few days bc on work

Hi my daughter just came home from the doctor and she has bronchitis. They gave her zithro how long will she be contagious we were going to go visit my mom tomorrow and my mom has copd
also i need to go stay with my mom on monday for a few days bc on work

Assume yes: Even though she was started on antibiotics it is still quite possible that she has a viral infection. If she is coughing, and especially if she has a fever, it is much safer to assume she is contagious and keep her away from people with chronic illnesses that affect the immune system. I would not put her in close contact with your mom if it can be avoided. ...Read more

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Don't you think COPD numbers should change ? One dr. Says I have COPD and another says i don't cause nnumbers aren't there.I had to quit work.

Don't you think COPD numbers should change ? One dr. Says I have COPD and another says i don't cause nnumbers aren't there.I had to quit work.

Proof is in numbers: COPD is diagnosed by a fixed obstructive ratio fev1/fvc of < .70. Above that no COPD and below it is copd. Severity of obstruction is assessed by your fev1 in comparison to other men of same age, height, weight, and ethnicity. Most with COPD with fev1< 50% may have disability. Without knowing your pfts, it would be hard to answer your question more specifically. ...Read more

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

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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I've been diagnosed with COPD. Why the inhalers do not work for me. Yes I mentioned it but they haven't done anything about it. Why not they help ?

Maybe not COPD: You will likely need to see your physician about your diagnosis, however looking at your medical history above, you have never smoked and so for a young person at age 44 to have COPD is unlikely &#40;unless you have asthma or a genetic cause of COPD&#41;. It's important to ensure that you were diagnosed by a pulmonologist. You should have had a pulmonary function test. If not, ask for one. ...Read more

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I have COPD and have a cat in my home.My breathing has seemed to have worsened does having a cat in the home affect your breathi is having the cat in my home worsening my breathing? My breathing has seemed to have worsened after taking the cat into my hom

Asthma: Unfortunately it is very likely that the cat is causing your asthma to worsen. Pet dander is a common asthma trigger. You can always let your cat stay with a friend for a few days. Thoroughly clean your home to remove all remnants of the cat and assess your asthma symptoms. If they are improved or resolve completely then you have your answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've got both asthma and COPD I have to change a lot of things in my life..Can you advise me on how to keep my home asthma friendly?

I've got both asthma and COPD I have to change a lot of things in my life..Can you advise me on how to keep my home asthma friendly?

Asthma/copd: Consult with an allegy specialist to determine what you are allegic to and to teach you how to keep an allergy free house to help control. ...Read more

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Do natural remedies for COPD work?

COPD treatments: There are two natural remedies that i can think of that improve COPD symptoms. The most important is smoking cessation. A second natural remedy that has been shown to work is pulmonary rehab - also known as exercise. I would recommend vaccinations against the flu and pneumococcus but you may not consider those natural remedies. ...Read more

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Is there any research in the works to reduce the stress of copd...Ie: get rid of oxygen?

Is there any research in the works to reduce the stress of copd...Ie: get rid of oxygen?

Always: There are numerous studies going on for copd. Newer medications come out every few years and advances over the past 10 years have dramatically improved COPD management. Unfortunately there hasn't been many breakthroughs yet in repairing the damage, only preventing worsening. Don't smoke, continue to get regular check-ups (including breathing tests - pfts), and keep your fingers crossed. ...Read more

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I have COPD for the last 10 years and was looking over some paper work from the hospital, and my question is what is leukocytosis and the meaning.

White blood cells: Leukocytosis is an elevated white blood cell count. This is common during an illness but given that you have copd, the steroids you take can also cause the WBC count to elevate. This is not dangerous as long as your doctor is aware. ...Read more

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Have stge 3 COPD took 2 hour walk taking stops when needed got home &have extreme calf pain, can't walk at all slept woke up & pain isnt any better.

Have stge 3 COPD took 2 hour walk taking stops when needed got home &have extreme calf pain, can't walk at all slept woke up & pain isnt any better.

Go and get checked: Pain that is not resolved with adequate rest and appears to be persisting requires urgent attention. If you have no shortness of breath or chest pain, call your PCP to check if you can be seen in the office first thing tomorrow morning . If not, I will recommend you go the nearest ER or urgent care facility. Pain could be from vascular disease or muscle strain, hard to say without proper eval ...Read more

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If a person is vent-dependent end-stage copd, can he come home or better to go to a hospice place?

Possibly...: In order for a vent-dependent patient to be cared for at home, many family members and friends need to be taught to care for the person at home and it is an around the clock undertaking. Hospice/home care workers cannot be there all the time so others need to be able to care for these patients at home. This is often not possible so inpatient hospice and some nursing homes are available. ...Read more

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Can bipap ventilation be used at home to mantain a normal pco2 after hypercapneic bout in a COPD patient?

Can bipap ventilation be used at home to mantain a normal pco2 after hypercapneic bout in a COPD patient?

Remember: Usually once at the acute insult has been addressed in COPD patients - in this case, whatever cased the hypercapneic bout - noninvasive positive pressure ventilation continued at home isn't usually necessary. Home BiPap is often used in sleep apnea patients for whom CPAP isn't optimal or in someone with CO2 retention and sleep apnea or in people with neuromuscular disease who need help breathing. ...Read more

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The last couple of years I have had progressive muscle weakness w sob. This yr really bad. Affecting my adl's and work. Ck'd 4 copd, lupus, ruled out..

The last couple of years I have had progressive muscle weakness w sob. This yr really bad. Affecting my adl's and work. Ck'd 4 copd, lupus, ruled out..

See neurologist: This is a difficult situation. It sounds like you have had some work-up for lupus which is appropriate. It sounds like this is a diffuse problem. When you speak about progressive muscle weakness, you may consider seeing a neurologist if you haven't already. There are diffuse myopathies that may occur from diseases that affect the nerves and muscles. ...Read more

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I have COPD and had mersa in both lungs 10/03/11. I have not been sick since , however i work in a pharmacy and have developed a severe cough . I puke.?

I have COPD and had mersa in both lungs 10/03/11. I have not been sick since , however i work in a pharmacy and have developed a severe cough . I puke.?

ABECB: Acut bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (abecb) is a possible diagnosis. COPD exacerbation may occur a few times each year. Other aggravating conditions such as gerd should be considered. Youalso need sputum tests and a ct chest. ...Read more

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I have CAD asthma and diabetes and i've noticed that i keep running out of breath doing house work like making bed doing laundry etc. Could be copd?

I have CAD  asthma and diabetes and i've noticed that i keep running out of breath doing house work like making bed doing laundry etc. Could be copd?

Both: Sob may be due to both heart and lung problems. You can feel sob instead of chest pain in cad. The best way to make a diagnosis is to get the heart checked first using exercise test and echo. If negative you can have pulmonary function studies. ...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