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Hi dr. I had lung diseases COPD so can you suggest lung exercise which improve my disease stage.

Hi dr. I had lung diseases COPD so can you suggest lung exercise which improve my disease stage.

Yes: Above all, absolutely, positively no smoking or be exposed to second hand smoke. Damage on lung parenchyma usually permanent, damage to airway mucosa improves after quiting smoking.
Progression of emphysema and cardiovascular illnesses over the years significantly slows down by quiting smoking. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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 COPD a common lung disease?

Is COPD a common lung disease?

Yes...: There are different forms of COPD but, in general, it is a pretty common disease, usually caused by smoking. It is not curable so avoiding smoking is needed to prevent the disease. If you smoke, quitting will decrease your risk and decrease symptoms if already diagnosed with copd. ...Read more

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What is COPD lung disease? How do I treat it?

What is COPD lung disease? How do I treat it?

COPD....: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of diseases where the airways are obstructed to airflow. Smoking is a common cause. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are examples of COPD diseases. There is no cure and the diseases are slowly progressive. Treatments include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers, oxygen and smoking cessation. Tests are done to confirm the disease so see your doctor! ...Read more

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I've had COPD for 8 years now how long can a person live haveing this lung disease?

I've had COPD for 8 years now how long can a person live haveing this lung disease?

Difficult to answer: There are many factors to consider such as: still smoking, stage of copd, and other diseases (comorbidities). Non drug threapy like pulmonary rehabilitation, lung reduction, and other therapies can contribute to both quality of life and longevity. COPD is a progressive disease and to put a number on it is difficult. Discuss all alternatives with your pulmonologist ...Read more

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What are the statistics of someone having severe copd, lung disease, and triple bypass surgery?

What are the statistics of someone having severe copd, lung disease, and triple bypass surgery?

Unclear question: It is not unusual to see people with copd/lung disease and bypass surgery. ...Read more

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If a 59 year old woman has COPD and lung disease. Can she be elligible for the h1n1 vaccine?

If a 59 year old woman has COPD and lung disease. Can she be elligible for the h1n1 vaccine?

H1N1 IS IN FLU VACCI: Since last year we are not giving h1n1 vaccine as it has been incorporated in the annual flu vaccine
so a 59 years old with COPD should get annual flu vaccine which also has h1n1.We do not have h1n1 vaccine alone any more since last year as there is no need for it. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed COPD w/Interstitial lung disease. I had sarcoidosis at 24 I am now 59 yrs. Old. I am short of breath. What is the treament?

I have been diagnosed COPD w/Interstitial lung disease. I had sarcoidosis at 24 I am now 59 yrs. Old. I am short of breath. What is the treament?

There: Are new treatments for active pulmonary fibrosis, some treatments to alleviate bronchospasm, talk to your pulmonologist, or rheumatologist if sarcoid active for other treatments. ...Read more

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Tested MS phenotype of alpha 1. diangosis with COPD in my 20s. History of Smoking w/ asthma. Is the alpha 1 playing a major role in my lung disease?

Tested MS phenotype of alpha 1. diangosis with COPD in my 20s. History of Smoking w/ asthma. Is the alpha 1 playing a major role in my lung disease?

Its deficiency, yes: Alpha 1 antripsin deficiency does affect the lungs, as the enzyme plays a major role in defending the lung tissues, refrain from smoking and being around smokers, take medicines as prescribed and keep your follow up appointments, goodluck ...Read more

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My husband has developed large brown water blisters on his lower legs, can they be related to his lung diseases ipf and copd?

My husband has developed large brown water blisters on his lower legs, can they be related to his lung diseases ipf and copd?

It can be: People with COPD can develop pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure which manifests with leg edema. But if he has blisters he may have underlying cellulitis or venous insufficiency. Please check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a CT of chest done and it showed hyperinflated lungs...Which could be asthma-copd-lung disease right? Could these cause atrial fibrillation?

I had a CT of chest done and it showed hyperinflated lungs...Which could be asthma-copd-lung disease right? Could these cause atrial fibrillation?

COPD: Not really, there is not direct correlation. However you are more likely to mat (multifocal atrial tachycardia) with lung disease. ...Read more

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My mother has AML lung disease and COPD and is taking 40mg of prednisone daily and second round of dacogen (decitabine). Why high increase in platelets: 13 to 300?

My mother has AML lung disease and COPD and is taking 40mg of prednisone daily and second round of dacogen (decitabine). Why high increase in platelets: 13 to 300?

Possibly due to AML: Sometimes when one sees an abnormal lab level (platelets or any other lab; including drops or jumps in counts) that does not fit with the clinical picture, it may be due to lab error and require drawing a second result. The monitoring physician will interpret and decide.

That said, high (OR low) platelet counts are not uncommon in AML or one of its earlier stages, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). ...Read more

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My dad is 84. He has stage 4 lung cancer. Hie also has lung disease. His heart functions at 50%. He is on oxygen and is skin on bones. He still drives?

My dad is 84. He has stage 4 lung cancer. Hie also has lung disease. His heart functions at 50%. He is on oxygen and is skin on bones. He still drives?

NOT "COOL": Your dad's doctor should be consulted ASAP. It is his/her DUTY if a safety issue is involved to counsel your dad to give up his license or report the situation to the local State Authority (in MA. For example it would be the Registry of Motor Vehicles. BE AWARE SENIORS DO NOT WISH TO GIVE UP THEIR LICENSES IT IS A MATTER OF PRIDE AND DESIRE TO BE "INDEPENDENT"!! HANDLE WITH CARE!
Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Doctors told my dad with stage 4 lung cancer & COPD whom isn't doing well that he could live from 1 to 3 years. Do doctors lie to protect patients? We (family & friends) aren't expecting him to live even six months at his current condition.

Doctors told my dad with stage 4 lung cancer & COPD whom isn't doing well that he could live from 1 to 3 years. Do doctors lie to protect patients? We (family & friends) aren't expecting him to live even six months at his current condition.

Depends: No one knows how long a cancer patient will live. At best it is an educated guess based on a umber of assumptions like chemo/other treatment, condition of the patient, rate of progression, etc. Some physicians like to be optimistic, some like to underquote. ...Read more

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I may have cystic fibrosis, COPD or lung cancer (my maternal grandfather had stage IV lung cancer), how to know?

I may have cystic fibrosis, COPD or lung cancer (my maternal grandfather had stage IV lung cancer), how to know?

Diagnosis....: There are diagnostic tests your doctor can order to be sure you don't have these conditions. For example, pulmonary function testing will show chronic obstruction if you have COPD and a chest CT can help rule out lung cancer and there is specific testing for cystic fibrosis. If you are smoking, you need to quit ASAP to lower the risk of COPD and lung CA. See a lung doctor for the testing you need ...Read more

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I have stage 4 copd. Recently had a chest X-ray that showed no active infections. How is that possible or does that damage done by cops not show up?

I have stage 4 copd. Recently had a chest X-ray that showed no active infections. How is that possible or does that damage done by cops not show up?

Not an infection: COPD is not an infection to be active. Not a good choice of words. It doesn't mean that there were no signs of COPD on the X-ray. ...Read more

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Do you know if c.O.P.D. Is a real lung disease?

Do you know if c.O.P.D. Is a real lung disease?

Yes. It totally is.: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It is a long term (chronic) disease of the lungs (pulmonary) characterized by poor airflow out of the lungs (obstructive). It is unfortunately common and sometimes very serious, even life-threatening. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am able to walk 3 or 4 miles a day after being told I have severe lung disease?

Is there a reason why I am able to walk 3 or 4 miles a day after being told I have severe lung disease?

Not enough info: This is impossible to answer without specific data as to chest film, ct scan and pulmonary function test results. Maybe your lung disease is not as severe as you have been told. Address this question with the doctor who treats you for this problem. ...Read more

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Is emphysima and c.O.P.D the same lung disease or are they different?

Different: Emphysema is the loss of alveolar tissue or air sacs. COPD is disease of the airways often associated with infections. Smokers generally have a mixture of both disorders. Because they often occur in the same person there is confusion about the exact meaning of these terms. ...Read more

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Can my wife life a full life good quality life with restrictive lung disease. She's 27 doesn't smoke. Eats well 5'4 133 lbs and has lupus. Both scared?

She's got you!: No doubt, this will not be an easy life but it can be of good quality and by some definitions even full. Being scared is fair. Try to find a supportive therapy. The various lupus fdtns might have referral lists for family groups, couple therapists, etc. With support you both might have a very wonderful experience learning and loving. Duration may not be a good measure of "full". My very best 2u2. ...Read more

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How will brown lung disease affect the body?

How will brown lung disease affect the body?

Asthma & COPD: Byssinosis, brown lung disease, is asthma due to chronic breathing of raw cotton, flax, sisal & hemp dust. It affects textile workers employed in sweat shops & poorly-ventilated factories. Initially symptoms of asthma - coughing, wheezing, & shortness of breath respond to medications used to treat asthma, job change & tobacco avoidance. With continued exposure irreversible fibrosis occurs. ...Read more

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Does restrictive lung disease affect children?

Does restrictive lung disease affect children?

Yes: But more often children are affected be "reactive or constrictive" lung disease like asthma.Restrictive lung disease (think emphysema) usually affects older people (cystic fibrosis is the exception). ...Read more

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What test I have to do to find out if I have lung disease?

What test I have to do to find out if I have lung disease?

Something specific?: You get more from this site if you provide background info on an issue & ask a related question. There are a variety of tests for lung function or appearance, ranging from simple blood tests, breathing tests, x-rays or biopsies. If you have a specific lung problem/disease in mind you are welcome to start over. Your posts are not linked & go to the site at random. ...Read more

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Will brown lung disease affect children differently than adults?

Will brown lung disease affect children differently than adults?

Hopefully not in kid: Byssinosis, brown lung disease, is an inflammatory condition of the lungs & breathing tubes that occurs in persons working with raw cotton, flax, sisal & hemp. Constantly breathing the dust of these materials results in symptoms of asthma. Continued exposure for many years can cause irreversible lung damage. Age is not a factor. Children may be exposed in third-world textile factories. ...Read more

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How should the body compensate to cope with a restrictive lung disease?

How should the body compensate to cope with a restrictive lung disease?

Breathe faster: Restrictive lung disease makes the lungs stiffer and smaller in volume, the body compensates for this change by breathing faster with smaller breaths. ...Read more

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How can you treat early lung diseases?

How can you treat early lung diseases?

Depends on disease: Non cancerous lung disease is treated by pulmonologists and lifestyle modification. Early lung cancer is demonstrated to be best treated by anatomic resection with complete nodal sampling or node dissection by a board certified thoracic surgeon. Additional/adjunct therapies including chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be indicated based on final pathology staging. ...Read more

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How do active lung disease&lung injury differ?

How do active lung disease&lung injury differ?

Continuum: An active process can be limited or ongoing-chronic. It can be inflammation, tumor, or trauma or combined.

An injury can be trauma and acute, or chronic like smoking.
Stab wound is acute and an injury.
These words are adjectives describing the situation.
Active- something happening.
Injury a problem, damage etc.
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What to do if I have a lung disease, can I smoke weed?

What to do if I have a lung disease, can I smoke weed?

You're kidding right: Since smoking weed uses fragile lung tissues to let the drug enter your bloodstream, any use can aggravate your lung disease. As a student, I recall meeting a former miss texas who was dying of advanced lung disease at 35, she had advanced lung disease but liked to smoke. She looked 80. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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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