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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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If pulse ox is low at night- how to tell if it's sleep apena or copd? Is there a sure fire way to tell the cause? Sleep study showed very few.

If pulse ox is low at night- how to tell if it's sleep apena or copd? Is there a sure fire way to tell the cause? Sleep study showed very few.

Many causes....: There are many different problems that can cause a low pulse ox during sleep. A sleep test can diagnose obstructive sleep apnea as well as central sleep apnea. If neither of those are present as the cause of the low pulse ox, a pulmonary function test can determine if the airways are obstructed or restricted. An eval by a lung doc can help make the diagnosis and treat the cause. ...Read more

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If I had copd what would my average spo2 level be ? I sleep study for sleep apnea but breathing can be hard during day and wonder if causing afib

If I had copd what would my average spo2 level be ? I sleep study for sleep apnea but breathing can be hard during day and wonder if causing afib

Depends: severe COPD average spO2 runs around 88-93%. Mild COPD above 95%-these are at resting or non acute states. COPD is also one of the main causes of AFibb as it places pressure on Atria-which are top chambers of heart-over time, causing them to stretch thin and then Fibrillate. Holter monitor would help see if u are having AFibb during a regular day for u. And PFT's tells where COPD is in severity ...Read more

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Can COPD cause pain?

Can COPD cause pain?

Possibly from: Persistent coughing could get chest muscle pain --see pcp for ck up. ...Read more

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How can I treat copd?

How can I treat copd?

Stop smoking...: COPD needs to be treated by a physician as there are meds available like bronchodilators and steroid inhalers to control symptoms. If the oxygen level is low, oxygen therapy may be needed. The best thing you can do for yourself is to quit smoking if you are a smoker. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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How can I help my copd?

How can I help my copd?

See a pulmonologist: Don't smoke. Use inhalers to help with symptoms. Get vaccinated for influenza each year. See a pulmonologist if moderate or severe symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you have COPD at 33?

Can you have COPD at 33?

Yes but...: Yes but see your pulmonolgist for further testing. You may have asthma that is worsened by smoking. If you truly have COPD then further testing to look for potential alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency would be important. ...Read more

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Will qigong help my copd?

Will qigong help my copd?

Probably: Qigong are simple age old chinese exercises intending to improve general flexibility and well being of the individual. It is also supposed to improve cardiovascular and respiratory health. It is also called chinese yoga. ...Read more

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When is COPD an emergency?

Labored breathing: Many patients with COPD will have some difficulty breathing, particularly during exertion- this is part of the disease and to be expected. If breathing becomes labored, especially at rest, the patient should be evaluated quickly by a doctor as they may not be able to maintain the level of effort required to continue breathing at this level for long. ...Read more

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Why COPD is worse for women?

Why COPD is worse for women?

We don't know why: It is true that COPD is more common in women than men who smoked, but it is not clear why. We don't know if it is the kind of cigarettes smoked, the amount smoked, if it is genetic/related to hormones.... It is under investigation, but (as we don't know why COPD happens) we are a ways from an answer. ...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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