I have COPD now for little over 3 years. I have many different test done on this.Im on 3 different inhalers now been on since I found out.Right now I think it's getting worse because I can't hardly do nothing without being shortness of breath.Last time I seen the dr I have told him about this and all the things I can't do.Hes telling me my heart sounds good and lungs sound good but yet he says I need to see a regular dr and heart dr.
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Like lots of you said “ exercise is the best, I do 1/2 hour of yoga every day, and get it for free on YouTube, just the stretching of the torso is a big deal for breathing.
Exercise makes a huge difference. I started approximately a year ago and it has been a life saver for me I am not oxygen dependent but I do have severe shortage of breath it's probably the worst feeling in the world I think of every step I take before I take it I'm trying to learn to live with things the way they need to be and be grateful for the things in life that I love and enjoy it certainly makes us think about our priorities
My primary doctor is a PULMONARY SPECIALIST...who I was referred to. He was FANTASTIC and offered to be my PRIMARY CARE doctor....so Ive been seeing him every since....usually every 2 months. He's been practicing for well over 40 years, very experienced. He referred me for PULMONARY REHAB. I went for 3 months. You can ask your doctor for that referral...it is absolutely necessary and should help your breathing and the way you feel over all tremendously. He monitors my breathing and the medications Im taking very very closely. I have severe COPD ...severe shortness of breath...but exorcize is necessary so I swim every single day .
Mary, see the heart doctor. I understand you were told your heart sounds good, but mine did too. My heart doctor did several tests and blood work and everything looked good. He suggested a cardiac catheterization procedure to confirm that my heart was ok. He said he would place stints if they were needed during the same procedure. (he did the same for my spouse and she immediately noticed an improvement)
While I was awake enough after the procedure, he came in and told me I had 3 cardiac arteries that were about 90% blocked and he could not correct the problem with stints- a triple bypass surgery was needed and he sent me to a cardiac surgeon. That surgeon sent me for a few more tests before the surgery and he was the doctor that discovered my COPD issues.
Just because things sound good or normal tests indicate things are good, having a heart doctor that is very thorough probably saved me from having a catastrophic heart attack.
Do some research, talk to people you know that knows someone seeing a heart doctor and try to find one that you are comfortable with...but see the suggested doctors. I dislike going to the doctor's office as much as most of us do... Good luck in your search and be safe.
With COPD all three doctors are needed. The pulmonary is for the COPD, the cardiologist is neededc because normally the heart will start to fail because of the lungs. Primary is to ensure other organs maintain strength. I use to get puenomoia at least 4 times a year. Right now i take a pill, use a nebulizer, take breo and incruze along with an antibiotic once a day in the morning as well as having my recuse inhaler. Yes most days it is hard for me to breath but i keep going for those around me. It is hard but i refuse to become sad.