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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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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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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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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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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 do the benefits of having lvrs for COPD last?

How long do the benefits of having lvrs for COPD last?

LVRS: Lvrs is usually done in pts w large bulla (air pockets) theory is that it allows the air pressure mismatch that has formed inside vs outside chest cavity to normalize (even though the actual amount of tissue is less, the tissue removed is no longer "working" ; the effect makes the other tissue less effective). Surg often makes quality life better but COPD tends to be progressive even after. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with last stag COPD and langerhands cell histiocytosis ?

Depends: COPD is progressive, histiocytosis is more indolent. Pulm rehab and bronchodilator rx can prolong life, but consideration for lung transplant should be under consideration for progressive disease. The life span of advanced COPD with hystiocytosis is around 5-6 yr. ...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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I have smoked for 5 years and its been 8 months since my last cigarette. i am 22 now. is it possible that i could have emphysema/copd?

Unlikely: It all depends if you have trouble in breathing and have any signs of bronchitis .It would help to get a pulmonary as baseline function test ...Read more

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I've had copd for years. Last week at my drs my finger oximeter reading was 84. The nurse kept changing fingers. Why? And is this a low reading?

I've had copd for years. Last week at my drs my finger oximeter reading was 84. The nurse kept changing fingers. Why? And is this a low reading?

Hypoxia: This is a quite low reading, especailly assuming you are not high in the mountains somewhere. The nurse tried different fingers to make sure it wasn't due to a localized blood circulation problem. Presumably you're in the hosptial, right? Your doctor(s) will be able to give you all the information you need. Good luck! ...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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I have COPD for the last few days i feel like I have 5 elephants on my chest making it very hard to breathe, however my oxygen is at 93 to 97?

I have COPD for the last few days i feel like I have 5 elephants on my chest making it very hard to breathe, however my oxygen is at 93 to 97?

Smoker?: COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease manifested by bronchitis and emphysema. You may have an acute bronchi tic infection see a pulmonologists for treatment and if you smoke stop!? ...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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Everything tastes salty.have been diagnosed with COPD within the last 4 months. CO2 rises if don't sleep with bipap . Losing weight because salty tast?

Everything tastes salty.have been diagnosed with COPD within the last 4 months. CO2 rises if don't sleep with bipap . Losing weight because salty tast?

Salty taste causes: First you must differentiate salty and metallic taste. If more metallic, then mouth bleeding or medication side effects should be considered. Most salty taste due to dehydration so try hydrating if so. Otherwise, consider postnasal drip, and some rarer causes like smoking, sjogrens disease, MS, and even mild stroke. You are best off consulting with your regular doctor but I hope you feel better;) ...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 .

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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Last Thursday my nana was taken to hospital for chf. Discharged Sunday. Monday taken in by EMS still there. Why so long?? 74 w CHF. And COPD

See Below: Your nana has two chronic and somewhat dangerous medical problems. Treating them can be very tricky. Sometimes if they are acting up severely, a longer stay in the hospital is necessary to treat them. The best thing to do is ask the doctors taking care of her, as they will have the most up to date information, and can best tell you what is going on. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If i had a PTB and completed my treatment in 2008.I have difficulty in breathing could that be a COPD already?My PTB last for 3 yrs.My med is symbcort

If i had a PTB and completed my treatment in 2008.I have difficulty in breathing could that be a COPD already?My PTB last for 3 yrs.My med is symbcort

Probably more going : Is "ptb" short for pulmonary tuberculosis? While extensive TB could leave you with some shortness of breath, COPD is more typically associated with a long smoking history. Asthma could also be an issue. Symbocort is a good drug for either condition. ...Read more

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My husband is in his last stage of COPD also a alcoholic and won't stop smoking or drinking and is making my life crazy wont take anything for the pai?

My husband is in his last stage of COPD also a alcoholic and won't stop smoking or drinking and is making my life crazy wont take anything for the pai?

See a primary doctor: When a woman's husband is smoking, drinking, and making her "life crazy", she can get help from a primary care dr. Ideally, the dr. Has been taking care of her problems for many years. If that's not the case, she may have to "try out" a couple of internists or family practitioners before finding a dr. Who is a good match. The dr. Might refer to support groups or psychologists to help the couple. ...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