Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder which is known simply as COPD can make the act of breathing harder. This is why those who are affected by it are looking for ways to deal with it and to lessen the effects that it causes.
Estimates say that more than 25 million Americans suffer from COPD. This is an alarming number. Yet, of these 25 million people only about half of them know this. The other half may simply think that their breathing problems are due to being out of shape or is something that happens with age.
Knowing you have COPD will make easier to treat and easier for you and your doctor to help relieve your symptoms. This is the best tip of all when it comes to having COPD, knowing for certain that you have it and knowing how severe your condition is.
What are some symptoms that may indicate that you have COPD?
• Are you coughing more than usual?
• Do you have a cough that will not go away?
• Do you get winded easily?
• Are activities that were once easy not harder for you to do?
What test is taken to diagnose COPD?
Usually, a doctor will have you take a simple breathing test known as spirometry.
What steps can you take if you are diagnosed with COPD?
• Follow your doctors orders
• Take the medications that are prescribed for you
• Get vaccinated for the flu and pneumonia each year. Infections strikes harder on people who have COPD.
• Exercise to relieve your symptoms. The more you exercise the more exercise your body will be able to perform. If you are out of shape, discuss how you should begin your new exercise regimen with your doctor.
• Consult with your doctor about any other health conditions you may have. Some health problems such as: allergies, gatroesophageal reflux disease and asthma can cause COPD symptoms to occur.
• If you are smoker, quit. Talk to your doctor about the best methods on doing this.
COPD and its symptoms do not have to ruin your life. Get control of it now and learn how to deal with it.