Hello Diane. Thank you for visiting healthcaremagic.com. COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
of which there are two types: chronic bronchitis
. Bronchitis tends to involve chronic mucus production and cough, emphysema also involves cough without mucus production. COPD has an insolent course but tends to progressively get worse over time. I am not sure that your inhalers are helping your breathing if you are this SOB just walking short distances.
I am going to advise that you do a few things:
1. Discuss with your family doctor about your COPD symptoms and ask for a referral to a pulmonologist (lung specialist). I am not sure if you have had a PFT (pulmonary function test) but you need one. This will help diagnose the exact cause of your SOB.
2. Please stop smoking
, this will not reverse your COPD, however it will prevent further damage to your lungs from the cigarettes.
3. Go to your appointments for your EEG and brain scan, however, having a low pulse oxygen
while walking may cause your legs and arms to be numb.
Be well, Dr.Kimberly