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COPD Stages

19 Feb 2016
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COPD Stages

Diving Into The Many COPD Stages

The coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath have landed you a one way trip to the doctor’s office. After spending hours searching online for your symptoms, you believe that you might have COPD. Believe it or not, diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a pretty simple process. You visit a doctor and a test is given using a medical device known as a spirometer, which is used to measure how much lung function a person has. The results? Exactly what you had expected. But this makes you wonder, what is the difference between COPD Stages?

COPD: Stage by Stage

So the verdict of COPD has been given, but there are many more stages in COPD. The method in which doctors and researchers have developed to measure the progression of COPD is known as the GOLD System. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease developed a measurement system that tracks COPD by stages. Currently there are 4 stages of COPD, each with its own description. Here is each stage broken down for you:

  • Stage 1 – This is when COPD is very mild causing very little airflow limitation. Patients might not even be aware that they have COPD at this point.
  • Stage 2 – COPD is present throughout most of the lungs and is causing progressive airflow limitation moderately. This is the stage that post people seek help for symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Stage 3 – This the severe stage of COPD. A patient will experience a decrease in quality of life and common COPD symptoms will multiply.
  • Stage 4 – Known as the end-stage, COPD has progressed to the point that oxygen support is needed, lung function has almost depleted and flare-ups can become life threatening.

If you’re noticing any of the symptoms above or dealing with constant shortness of breath, talk to your doctor or pulmonologist. The sooner someone is diagnosed; the sooner a treatment plan can be established. Unfortunately, there is no cure for COPD, since it’s a progressive and often terminal disease. Though it may seem grim to think about the future when factoring in a chronic lung disease, remember there’s hope.

COPD Treatment Options

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Some people dealing with COPD have found relief in the form of cellular therapy. Here at the Lung Institute, we’re helping those with COPD regain a higher quality of life with a variety of treatment options. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us or call (800) 729-3065.

14 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Angela:

    We are very sorry to hear about your condition. We would suggest you contact one of our patient coordinators to see if our cellular therapy might be an option for you. In order to safely and securely answer people’s comments, we ask them to give us a call at (855) 313-1149, so they can speak with someone from our dedicated medical team one-on-one over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer everyone’s comments and questions while adhering to the strict HIPAA guidelines and with people’s safety as a top priority.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Angela Marie Pierce

    3 months ago

    I HAVE COPD. I HAVE ALSO BEEN TOLD THAT I HAVE MS. I CAN NOT WALK ANYMORE. I CAN USE WALKER FOR SHORT DISTANCE BUT I HAVE TO PUT ALL OF MY WEIGHT ON THE WALKER (THAT’S THE METAL ONE, I HAVE ONE WITH FOUR WHEELS AND HAND BRAKES AND A SEAT TO SIT ON). I CAN GO MAYBE 20 TO 30 STEPS BEFORE I HAVE TO SIT ON THE SEAT FOR HALF AN HOUR OR BETTER. I AM IN CONSTANT PAIN IN MY BACK (SEVERAL PLACES). I CANNOT SIT WITH MY TAILBONE TOUCHING ANYTHING OR IT IS EXCRUCIATING PAIN IN MY LEGS AND ALL OF MY JOINTS HURT SO BAD. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO FEELING IN MY SKIN AT ALL. I TAKE FOR MEDICATION NORCO 5 OR 10 DEPENDING ON HOW BAD I AM AT THE TIME I’M TO TAKE IT (I CAN TAKE 3 TENS A DAY BUT I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE TO TAKE MORE THAN TWO IN A DAY). I ALSO TAKE 2 TO 3 XANAX 1 MG A DAY FOR ANXIETY AND I HAVE TO TAKE SLEEPING MEDICINE. I AM TAKING 5 MG OF PALICON (MAXIMUM POINT FIVE SOMETIMES ONLY TAKE POINT 25) BUT I’LL SUBSTITUTE A HELICON FOR 2 TYLENOL PMS OR TYLENOL PM AND A BENADRYL JUST SO I CAN SLEEP WITHOUT SLEEPING MEDICINE. I GET NO SLEEP WITHIN A WEEK’S TIME OF NO SLEEPING MEDICATION. IT’LL START TO GRADUALLY DROP FROM 6 TO 4 TO 3 TO NONE AND THEN IT’LL GET TO WHERE I’M GETTING NO SLEEP UP TO A WEEK AT A TIME. SOMETIMES IT IS PURE MISERY TO GET NO SLEEP AND TO BE IN CONSTANT PAIN AND TO HAVE ALL OF THIS BREATHING ISSUE I WOULD LIKE SOME ADVICE FROM PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO SOMEONE IN THIS PREDICAMENT THAT I AM IN. I AM 42 YEARS OLD AND I GIVE YOU MY WORD IF I DON’T FEEL LIKE I AM 70. I CAN’T COOK FOR MYSELF. I CAN’T CLEAN UP. I CAN’T DO HARDLY ANYTHING. THE MORE I DO THE HARDER IT IS FOR ME TO CATCH MY BREATH, THE HARDER IT IS FOR ME TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN. IF THERE IS SOMEONE WHO CAN ADVISE ME PLEASE DO. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE HELP. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING OR SHOULD I SAY READING WHAT I HAVE SAID AND THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR RESPONDING.

  3. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Maria,

    Thank you for your questions. Regarding the first, lung disease stages will vary by person, but for direct statistical information regarding our previous patients, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak directly with one of our qualified patient coordinators. In reference to your question on the qualification of our doctors and nurse practitioners, the short answer is yes, our doctors and nurses are qualified by degrees and certifications, however, we welcome you to review our staff individually on our About page.

    If you have any more questions feel free to give us a call!

    We look forward to hearing from you Maria,

    -The Lung Institute

  4. maria

    2 years ago

    my question is what stages were these people in when using stem cell treatment. my other question are these real Doctors and nurses with degrees treating these patients,.

  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Linda,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t cover treatment at this time. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. It will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it.

    For other information about becoming covered by insurance, you could try talking with your doctor about possible government and private insurances.

    You can learn more about possible cellular treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our qualified patient coordinators. Please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Alice,

    Thanks for your comment. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding cell therapy options at the Lung Institute. Please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our qualified patient coordinators.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Diane,

    At the Lung Institute, we offer cellular treatment options for people with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. We’re sorry to hear that you and your significant other are going through such a difficult time. If you would like to learn more about possible cellular treatment options, we’re here to help. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our qualified patient coordinators. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Diane

    2 years ago

    Do you only offer cell options. My significant other I’m sure has stage 4. It is so hard to see him suffer. Looking for some relief for him.

  9. Alice Linville

    2 years ago

    I was diagnosed mos ago. And am on oxgen now. An then. Just started sleeping with it. I am praying so hard to get the chance to have cell and bone marrow done. I have the info on it and is so interested in the. Program.

  10. Linda Ray

    2 years ago

    Is there any help for the uninsured? The disability judge denied my claim although my COPD was documented. I can’t even afford inhalers or doctor visits.

  11. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Jeannette,

    Thanks for your question! We’re happy to hear that your health has improved so drastically. Depending on what stage your doctor diagnosed you, in contrast to how you feel, it may be wise to get a second opinion. Although COPD is a degenerative disease, keeping a healthy diet along with regular exercise can help retain an acceptable quality of life as you get older.

    Hope this helps,

    -The Lung Institute

  12. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Thomas,

    We have clinics nationwide in Scottsdale, Arizona; Tampa, Florida; Nashville Tennessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and soon we’ll have a clinic open in Dallas, Texas as well. Please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators regarding your questions and to see if there’s a clinic near you. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  13. Jeannette verdi

    2 years ago

    After a move to a warmer weather, I feel awesome. Do you think that the dr possibly diagnosed me wrong? I have stopped all COPD meds. Thanks

  14. Thomas E Perry

    2 years ago

    Will your cellular treatment ever be more accesible so that some of us will not have to travel so far to get it, air must have portable O2 or car 10 to 12 hours, makes it rea difficult?

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