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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Difficulty breathing

04/22/2008

Question:

for the last 7 months,i have suffered from a permanently blocked nose,worse asthma and shortness of breath&coughing fits after minor physical activities.The tests that my doctor have performed are;spirometry and siunitis,neither of these tests showed much,(the spirometry results were not shown to me or discussed.I am quite concerned at this point,as i have now developed a right sided chest pain that is occurring on and off,could these symptoms be the result of copd?

Answer:

Typically there is no pain associated with COPD. However, your other symptoms described as increased shortness of breath and cough during exertion, could be signs of COPD. You should discuss your pulmonary function test results with your physician or pulmonary specialist.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University