Missing the Signs?
Posted on February 18, 2019
Take a deep breath. Can you do it with ease, or is it difficult? If you’re struggling to take a deep breath, or if you’re having trouble just breathing normally, you may be living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you don’t know it. While COPD looks different from individual to individual, learning some of the early warning signs could mean getting treatment and getting back to breathing more comfortably.
What Is COPD?
COPD is a lung condition caused by inflammation and the overproduction of mucus in the airway as a response to injury or inhalation of lung irritants, such as dust or chemicals. When the airway becomes inflamed and the lungs produce extra mucus, breathing is impacted. Here are some early signs of COPD:
- A cough that won’t go away, often with mucus
- Increased mucus production
- Yellow, green or blood-tinged mucus (if you notice blood in your mucus, call your doctor right away)
- A feeling of tightness in your chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased illness, especially colds and respiratory infections
- The onset of sleep apnea
- Less energy
- Difficulty breathing during an activity that you could do before without issue
Many people do not realize these symptoms are signs of COPD and that they are severe. If you notice these symptoms, we suggest that you call your doctor as soon as possible for a checkup. Ignoring them will not make them go away, but early intervention could make a world of difference.
What Treatments Are Available?
If you receive a COPD diagnosis, you have a few different treatment options. Typically, this includes steroids, anti-inflammatories, inhalers and oxygen therapy. If left untreated, COPD can progress quickly to a point where day-to-day living, including activities such as walking, climbing stairs or even standing up, can become extremely difficult.
There is no cure for COPD, asthma or other lung diseases, but some therapies can help improve lung function, including personal cell therapy. Learn the benefits of using your own cells by giving us a call at 844-903-7275.