Does shortness of breath mean possible emphysema?

Yes. But, it can also mean a whole lot of other things: asthma, heart disease, just being overweight/out of shape, thyroid disease, etc. So, i would see a doctor for a full evaluation.
Yes it might. Shortness of breath has many causes, from benign - out of shape- to more severe - asthma, emphysema, congestive heart failure, etc. If a smoker who has smoked more than 1-2 packs a day for 20 yrs starts experiencing shortness of breath - should see md for exam, xray and pulmonary function tests... But ultimately stop smoking...
It could. The most common cause of shortness of breath is asthma or other causes of wheezing, or chronic obstructive lung disease in smokers. Simple poor conditioning, obesity, heart disease and othe r lung diseases need to b considered.

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Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Yes. Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests. Read more...
Possibly... If the person has smoked, then empysema is a possible etiology of these symptoms. Other possibilities include gerd and post-nasal drip, bronchospasm or some combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor as well as testing will be necessary to make the diagnosis and render treatment. If currently smoking, need to quit asap! Read more...

If I have to take lorazepan for lots of coughing and shortness of breath, could it be emphysema?

Maybe. The reasons for coughing and shortness of breath are many and to tell what the reason is in you requires examination and testing. You need a doctor to ask you questions, examine you, order appropriate tests, and then put all that together. Do you smoke? Do you have a fever? Are you more short of breath when you lie down? Answers to such questions can be very helpful. Read more...
See below. Lorazepam is not a medicine for coughing or shortness of breath. You may have asthma, emphysema or a number of other lung diseases. Get yourself checked by a pulmonary specialist. And if you smoke, stop - that will improve your symptoms. Read more...
Usually no. Emphysema is a specific lung disease caused by smoking. If you are not a smoker, it is unlikely to be emphysema. A simple cxr and a visit to your doctor will clear that concern for you. I would be more concerned of other illnesses that are treatable. But you need to see a doctor for this. The causes of cough, dyspnea on a young person need to be worked up. Read more...

Does brown mucus and shortness of breath always point to copd? Ten year smoker. No exercise. Age 24.

Not always. Not always but why not stop smoking? If you don't have COPD yet, you're surely on your way to developing it. You'll be glad you did. And have more money in your pocket too. Better breath. Less shortness of breath. Food will be tastier. Your risk of lung cancer and heart attack will plummet. Your friends will respect you. Your children (?Future children) will thank you. Your iq will rise. :). Read more...
COPD at age 24. Is highly unlikely, but having bronchitis or sinus infections or other problems related to smoking is very likely. Your body is trying to give you a message - it would be a very good thing for you to listen to it. If you are worried, your doctor can do simple office-based test to reassure you that it is not permanent damage to your lungs (yet), but what you really need is to stop smoking;. Read more...

Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Wow. You should see a lung specialist. Usually an inhaled steroid, an anticholinergic, a long acting beta agonist and a short acting beta agonist should help. But there are many other things such as rehabilitation and prednisone. See a lung specialist.to have it fine tuned. Read more...

Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing?

Exacerbation. Your COPD may be acting up. See your doctor asap so that treatment can be initiated. Better sooner than later, otherwise you might end up needing hospitalization. Read more...
Flare up. Not clear what question is, but if a person with COPD is having these symptoms, there COPD may be worsening and there may be an acute infection. This can be severe and even life threatening, so need to seek medical attention asap. Read more...
Exacerbation... It sounds like you are having a COPD exacerbation. If there are no signs of infection, you may need to increase your meds but only under the guidance of your doctor. If your shortness of breath is severe or worsening, go to the er for emergent treatment. Good luck! Read more...

Have shortness of breath for a few weeks. Strangely during one of the nights I could breathe normally. Does that rule out COPD since it's irreversible?

Probably yes. Knowing your age and smoking history woul help, but baseds on the information supplied i think it is highly unlikely that you have copd. Another question is.. How is you heart function? Read more...
No.... The chronic obstruction can be seen on pulmonary function tests even when patients have no symptoms. No symptoms does not mean no obstruction so this does not rule out copd, chronic obstructing pulmonary disease. If you smoke you need to quit and see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Read more...

Should I get checked for copd? Been a smoker for 3 years and no serious medical conditions. However, cough phlegm and occasional shortness of breath.

Not likely. Chances are that you do not have COPD after three years of smoking, unless you smoke 4 packs a day or have other underlying conditions that could predispose you to copd. But if you are having new symptoms of shortness of breath then you should get checked out. Read more...
Bronchitis. It is unlikely you have COPD given your age and limited smoking history. However smoking has produced inflammatory bronchitis causing cough, phlegm, shortness of breath. If you continue smoking all these symptoms will intensify. Quit now and your function will improve. If not you should see a pulmonarty doctor , get a pft and start inhaled therapy. Read more...
Get chacked notCOPD. It is unlikely that you have COPD but you should get checked as you do have phlegm and shortness of breath and may have acute bronchits and need evaluation and appropriate treatment and you need counseling and advice to stop smoking, because if you keep smoking you will end up with COPD for sure. Read more...

64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

Could B exacerbation. Any changes of the normal could be an exacebation of copd. Typical would be antibiotics not just for infection but antiflamatory properties as well. May need adjustments to medications as well. Need to see md especially if above occurs or an incease in rescue inhalers is noted. Read more...