I don't know what form I'd copd I have.

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I was diagnosed with copd. I suspect emphysema but don't know how to get this checked or if the symptoms are different. Does anyone know? I asked the practice nurse and she looked blank then said copd is copd.

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    Hi Jeanette The best and easiest way to find out your lung status is to have it referred to a respiritory specialist or pulmonologist. They will take you through a number of tests including spirometry and an xray and CT Scan. After this you will now you current condition.
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    COPD breaks down as, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It is something that causes Obstruction in our lungs for breathing. This is a classification named for a number of lung diseases that fall under this classification. The top two  are, Emphasema, and, Chronic Bronchitis. I think there may be a couple other diseases, but can't remember them.

    You have every right to know which lung disease you fall under, within this classification (COPD). Knowing your disease can help in many different ways such as, finding what kind of treatments that have historically been used for a disease, the disease's progression rate, the types of surgeries or other surgical procedures can be used with your specific lung disease, the culprit of what caused the disease to form, and more.

    Please tell your nurse that you want to know which disease falls with in the COPD classification, and which one do I have?

    I hope I have helped,

    Take Care,

    Brenda 

     

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    Hi I get exactly the same response when I ask my nurse or doctor.  They get angry and say it just all comes under copd now.  I think they don't actually know.

    I pushed the last nurse very hard and she said she thinks it is more likely chronic bronchitis,  but I still don't know for sure.

    I don't think it matters that much in the earlier stages,  but certainly in the later ones it does.  x

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      Thank you for your reply. I agree with you! They don't seem to know and yet this is a common and fast growing disease in this country. All the information I have is from American sites where they are so much better informed. The common questions they tell you to ask is received with either blank stares or a mind your own business attitude. It's sad 😕

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    Emphysema is permanent damage to the lung. Lung cell walls break down expand the cells and they become ineffective.

    Asthma is inflammation in the lungs inhibiting air flow and is reversible.

    I have both and I think it is common to have both. But not sure.

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      Asthma isn't usually covered under copd as it is reversible with the right meds.   Copd is not reversible and usually covers Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis.  Most people have primarily one with a bit of the others.

      Emphysema is the destruction of the aveoli at the bottom of the lungs - the bit that exchanges gasses ie oxygen and carbon dioxide.  CB is damage to the upper airways and the sacs of the lungs.  Sufferers of CB often cough a lot and tend to have more mucus.  x

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    Well that was a smart a$$ answer she gave you so much for bedside manner.  I suggest you talk to your dr. Write down all your questions and make sure he gives you the best possible.  I wish you luck my dr could have given me more advice but some stuff I find on the Internet.
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