Is There Be Any Chest Pain Associated With COPD Disease?


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Mary Frederick Profile
Mary Frederick answered
COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a disease of the lungs. The lungs suffer from inability to work properly, because the airflow into the lungs is obstructed. There are different types or kinds of COPD: 1)Emphysema, which causes the lungs to be unable to take in sufficient oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide. 2) Chronic bronchitis, in which the airways become swollen and the mucus or sputum increases in the lungs. The swelling and increased mucus causes blockage in the lungs. 3) Asthmatic bronchitis or chronic asthma and cystic fibrosis are other diseases, which cause COPD.

Once a person has COPD the disease is long-term. Many treatments are available today and people with this disease normally seek treatment from a Pulmonologist, a lung specialist. A person with COPD is exposed often to lung irritants, which do not effect others without the disease. The life of a person with COPD changes in many ways. Many who once exercised frequently find this to be almost impossible as the disease progresses.

A person with COPD suffers from shortness of breath, may experience breathing spasms as the result of uncontrolled coughing, they may wheeze in varied degrees depending upon what they are doing. Difficulty in breathing can cause chest pains at times. Just as someone with a bad cough related to a cold, may experience chest pain, from excessive coughing. This type of pain can be from stress and stretching of the muscles in the chest as a result of the coughing.

Some people with COPD, however experience a different type of chest pain. This pain can be caused due to the stress placed on the heart. The heart has to work harder in those with COPD. As the heart works harder some can experience chest pain caused from the strain on the heart. Other symptoms related to involvment of the heart are swelling in the hands, ankles and abdomen. Blood pressure may also be effected.

Anytime, a peson with COPD experiences chest pain he/she should contact the physician. Only the physician is prepared to properly diagnose the exact cause of chest pain. The heart and lungs work together and when one is not working properly the other suffers sometimes. Therefore, I recommend a visit to your doctor to check out any symptoms you experience in relation chest pain. If, chest pain is sudden or survere then go to the nearest emergency room for assessment.
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Robin Volcano answered
Yes There is pain with Copd. I have constant chest pain. Doctors really don't think there is. Not sure why they think that?. I was diagnosed with Alpha 1 antitrypsin and severe copd six months ago. I think the pain is because of the barrel chest expanding. The muscles have to work harder to breath as we get worse and your chest expands more. I'm just guessing . But since no doc will explain why my chest has sharp pains. I have been researching myself.
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Anonymous answered
Hello everyone I found out 5 years ago that I had COPD  I have pain in my chest everytime I breath move the wrong way  I'm 40 now but have smoked Senice I was 9  years old I live in north dakota  and right now it is 44 below 0  I can not find a doctor  as here we only have short term  doctor's so I get no treatment at time's I'm in bed for days at a time  and  I don not know  what to do to get the help I need moving and not an option for me  just wanted  to share my story  for anyone getting told by there doc that COPD is not pain fum  btw I'm a computer repair tech and used to make 120 dollars  an hour but now I have to fight for 600 dollars a month  in ssi  thats fair huh  good luck to anyone  that needs it  and god bless
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Anonymous commented
I found out I had COPD last year when I had neck surgery. My oxygen levels after surgery were in the 70 and 80's . After pulmonary rehab, I was doing real well. I live in Austin,Texas and I am a special education teacher who is in the portables. In Austin we are not used to cold weather but this year it has been harder for me to breath as I am constantly out in the elements. I am 55 years old. And I have smoked since I was 14. How do you know when your oxygen levels are low?
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Daisy Sarma answered
At the outset, it is important to understand that COPD is not a disease in itself. It is a term used to categorize a group of lung-related diseases. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and is also referred to as Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease (COAD). A number of lung-related diseases come under this category – bronchitis, emphysema, asbestosis, and pneumoconiosis. COPD is usually seen to affect smokers, and also people living in polluted environments. The most important characteristic of COPD is the reduced flow of air into the lungs as the disease progresses. The airways basically get blocked, causing this reduction in flow.

There are different symptoms for COPD. The most common of them are dyspnea, or shortness of breath, wheezing, persistent coughing, and discharge of sputum. Since these are lung-related diseases, the possibility of chest pain is not all that prominent, though there could be instances when the patient does suffer from chest pain.
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Dana Saltsman answered
I found out I had COPD just after Thanksgiving when I was hospitalized.
My doctor told me I would be fine by March and acted like this was no big deal.
He didn't tell me it was progressive.
I went back to work for one week and two days and now I'm on short term disability.
I'm so sick. Brushing my hair is a challenge each day.
I'm in constant pain.
I'm on two different inhalers and pain pills and cough syrup that does no good.
The air quality here in Utah is so bad that I don't dare leave my house.
I can't imagine being able to go back to my job as a trash truck driver.
What do you do????
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have COPD  diagnosed 18 months ago. Sadly my fev1 is now 0.47/ fvc 1.43 . I have had constant pain of varying degrees for a couple of months now, but don't seem to get any answers as tro why??

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