What causes low energy level when suffering from COPD? - Online Doctor Chats
I have stage 4 COPD . . . as it progresses I have hardly any energy and need to rest frequently. I'm also sleeping 12 to 14 hours a day. Is this normal as the disease progresses?
Sleeping for long hours is not related to COPD
My sleeping hours could be from Fibromyalgia
It could be indirectly linked, as in you might be physically strained after working with dysnpnea
What is dyspnea?
sleeping not directly linked to fibromyalgia either
How could it not be related to COPD? That seems to take so much energy, or I should say that when I attempt to do chores around the house I'm wiped out.
COPD as such may not cause increased sleep
Since both in COPD and Fibromyalgia you might get excessively strained, you might get more sleep
What can I expect as this disease progresses?
As the disease progress your strain in day increases and you may need more sleep to rest yourself
I believe you should be on medication for COPD
The dosage and strength of the medication must be increased or adjusted based on the disease progression
The medications are good are you comfortable with them ?
Is there a time length for stage 4? My doctor doesn't seem to be willing to say much. I know that he can't tell me exactly but a rough idea would be nice. I am comfortable on my meds but in the past month I feel like I should routinely use my nebuliaer
No, there is no time length. The disease progression depends on how your condition responds to the medications you are on
If the medications you are on comfort you well, your condition may not progress too fast
You may have to take mucolytics like Ambroxol
At the very end of this illness I am afraid that I'll be gasping for air and that scares me. Help. tell me that won't be the case
Need not worry.
not everyone does proceed to such final stage
You might be put on larger doses of steroids which will help in any stage and any severity of the disease
I've been left with the impression that copd is a death sentences
Not at al, COPD may be a serious disease but fatality is much less.
Its the infections you should be away from
Unfortunately I was not diagnosed until I was in the middle of the disease.
I am sorry to hear that
I assume that I'll always have to be on oxygen?
there may be time in far future where, yes you may need oxygen for long hours
My doctor said I cannot fly without oxygen and that is so frustrating. If I go off oxygen my air level falls 20 degrees within 5 minutes
Is there anything you want to know ?
If I understand you correctly this is not always a death sentence, there are some medications that be more helpful at this point, and that keeping healthy are the best things I can do.
In COPD of later stages that can happen
As I said this can be avoided by regular adjustments in the medications you are on
I wish you could tell me that you can live with this forever with the right medication, oxygen, and healthy life style I won't die from this, But it sure doesn't feel like that,
yes, you got it right
Need not worry, I have come across many people with COPD, I can assure you again.
Its the infections you should avoid as they get fatal
The people I know who have died from this always get pneumonia
COPD as is a progressive disease but can be managed at every step with intensive titration in medicaitons
yes, Pneumonia is the cause for death in most of the lung related diseases
So this, for clarification, is not considered "terminal"
Thank you for your time and help.
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