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Doctor insights on: Why Do People With Copd Tend To Have Fluctuating Weight Gain And Fluid Retention

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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What causes fluid retention and weight gain?

Hormones, salt: Hormones affect fluid retention. In the week before menses many women get fluid retention. Salt intake can also affect how much fluid your body retains. Other more obscure causes are related to serious diseases such as heart failure, nephrotic syndrome(kidney disease), severe malnutrition , peripheral vascular disease. If one leg is swollen, i would worry about a blood clot. ...Read more

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How can you fight weight gain/ fluid retention and bloating caused from being on Dianette (using it to inhibit hair growth, acne & oily skin)?

How can you fight weight gain/ fluid retention and bloating caused from being on Dianette (using it to inhibit hair growth, acne & oily skin)?

Stop using this drug: There are other ways to treat acne that are more effective and safer than this drug (see: http://dailym.ai/1NxJulX ). Try other alternatives first. ...Read more

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Why is my mom in and out of a-fib? Remember she has copd, CHF and is a diabetics, not on a lot of diuretics because kidneys act up with them and has fluid retention.

Why is my mom in and out of a-fib?  Remember she has copd, CHF and is a diabetics, not on a lot of diuretics because kidneys act up with them and has fluid retention.

A fib: If the heart rate is below 100, even when there is a fib we do not treat it. Make sure she is on her blood thinners. If she has fluid retention despite on diuretics, she needs to be hospitalized for aggressive therapy. Talk to the doctor. ...Read more

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Could weight gain affect copd?

Yes: Obesity has bad effects on the lungs. An obese person scores lower on lung tests looking at: the amount of air one can blow out in one second (measures how much obstruction to airflow one has), the total amount of air one can blow out in one breath (measures how much air one can exchange with one breath), and the total amount of air one's lungs can fill up with (measures the "size" of the lungs). ...Read more

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184/ 86 BP COPD/night sweats/petechia on upper body and weight gain/left collarboan swelling with a small palpable lymoh node on top of collarbob e?

184/ 86 BP COPD/night sweats/petechia on upper body and weight gain/left collarboan swelling with a small palpable lymoh node on top of collarbob e?

Lump on collar bone: 47 F from US with COPD and HTN 184/ weight gain but does not ask any question or give medical Hx. I would show to your Dr. next visit. Any edema? What meds are u taking? Trust you have stopped smoking. If not stop tonight. ...Read more

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I know i have a problem with my thyroid, but i have tried synthroid, (thyroxine) but I think it has to do with potassium deficiency, is that possible for the weight gain, fluid retention, charlie horses,?

I know i have a problem with my thyroid, but i have tried synthroid, (thyroxine) but I think it has to do with potassium deficiency,  is that possible for the weight gain, fluid retention,  charlie horses,?

Not likely: You have to stop guessing.If you have a thyroid problem and if you were prescribed Synthroid (thyroxine) means you have Hypothyroidism,you have to continue and follow up with your Doctor who prescribed the Synthroid (thyroxine) as you will need repeat blood test to see if you need any dose adjustment. Pottasium deficiency does not cause weight gain and fluid retention,ask your doctor to check potassium level as well ...Read more

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Is my weight gain from doxepin caused by ster retention?

Weight gain: Sorry but i'm not familiar w/"ster retention". However, weight gain is a known side effect of doxepin, a serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Doxepin appears to work thru h1 (histamine) receptor which is known to be involved with weight gain thru antipsychotics as well. Plan to focus on more exercise, less calories, preferably both to achieve 500kcal deficit each day to lose 1lb/wk. ...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


Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more