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Is having pain in the lung typical of copd?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

The lungs have no pain fibers and so don't send pain signals to the brain.
The pleural surfaces lining the chest wall are exquisitely pain sensitive and cause the sharp pain we call pleurisy, but this is not typical of copd. Cough is the typical symptom of nerve irritation in the lungs.

In brief: No

The lungs have no pain fibers and so don't send pain signals to the brain.
The pleural surfaces lining the chest wall are exquisitely pain sensitive and cause the sharp pain we call pleurisy, but this is not typical of copd. Cough is the typical symptom of nerve irritation in the lungs.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends...

The lungs themselves do not have the ability to hurt but cough, a common symptom of copd, can lead to musculoskeletal chest discomfort that can be quite painful.
There are also painful complications of copd, like a collapsed lung. So, it depends on the type of pain you are referring to.

In brief: Depends...

The lungs themselves do not have the ability to hurt but cough, a common symptom of copd, can lead to musculoskeletal chest discomfort that can be quite painful.
There are also painful complications of copd, like a collapsed lung. So, it depends on the type of pain you are referring to.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: No

Pain in COPD is uncommon.
Only the lining of the lungs has nerve endings so pleurisy (an inflammation of the lining) is painful but lung disease itself is not.

In brief: No

Pain in COPD is uncommon.
Only the lining of the lungs has nerve endings so pleurisy (an inflammation of the lining) is painful but lung disease itself is not.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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