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Old 05-07-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Shortness of breath

I have shortness of breath and can't cough up phlem, can't get enough presure to push it out. Also when drinking it feels like I'm inhaleing. Hard to blow out nose , can this be a sign of copd? I smoke and can't exhale the smoke ?

 
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath is a symptom of COPD, as is the inability to get the smoke out of the lungs. You need pulmonary function tests, or at least a simple spirometer test which most primary care providers can perform. Most of all, you need to quit smoking before you wind up on 02 24/7 like me

 
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:17 AM   #3
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Re: Shortness of breath

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Shortness of breath is a symptom of COPD, as is the inability to get the smoke out of the lungs. You need pulmonary function tests, or at least a simple spirometer test which most primary care providers can perform. Most of all, you need to quit smoking before you wind up on 02 24/7 like me
Can you cough up phlem and do you have difficulty swallowing and feeling cold all the time?

 
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:46 AM   #4
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Re: Shortness of breath

No, I have no problem coughing up phlegm or swallowing. Maybe the cold feeling is a reaction to a med or inhaler, or maybe you need blood work to see if it's a thyroid or other problem.

 
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