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Stage 2 COPD: Moderate Stage COPD and You

14 Oct 2017
| Under COPD, Disease Education, Medical | Posted by | 15 Comments
Stage 2 COPD: Moderate Stage COPD and You

After learning information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the COPD stages, prognosis and life expectancy and specifics about stage 1 COPD, it’s time to go in-depth in the next COPD stage: moderate COPD or stage 2 COPD. Because each stage of COPD differs in symptom severity, rate of progression and how COPD affects your life, having a good understanding of each stage is important. In this article, we’ll focus on what you need to know about stage 2 COPD.

Determining Stage 2 COPD

It’s important to know that there are four total COPD stages, which range from mild to very severe. As with determining any stage of COPD, your doctor will take a detailed medical history, perform certain lung function tests and take into account how COPD affects your life.

If you’re in stage 2 COPD, you’ve likely had pulmonary function tests, which include spirometry. It’s normal to have multiple pulmonary function tests over time. Having lung function tests helps your doctor keep track of how your lungs are doing and how well your COPD treatment is working. Often, your doctor will compare your old pulmonary function tests with your newer ones.

Similar to determining stage 1 COPD, your doctor may use the GOLD System and the BODE Index to figure out your stage of COPD.

In the GOLD System, stage 2 COPD is categorized as moderate COPD with a FEV1 (forced expiratory volume in one second) between 50 and 80 percent of normal lung capacity.

Stage 2 COPD

During stage 2 COPD or moderate COPD, airflow limitation begins to worsen, becomes more noticeable and can be easily seen on spirometry. Symptoms such as coughing and sputum or phlegm production will increase in stage 2 COPD. Many people feel increased breathlessness, especially during physical activity like walking.

Because the increase in breathlessness, coughing and mucus production have worsened during stage 2 COPD, many people seek medical help from their doctors. Typically, stage 2 COPD decreases your lung capacity to 50-79 percent.

Stage 2 COPD Treatment Options

Stage 2 COPD: Moderate Stage COPD and You

Because there is not a cure for COPD and it’s a progressive disease, your doctor will work with you to develop or modify your treatment plan. In stage 2 COPD, you may need different medications than you used for stage 1 COPD.

Remember, COPD affects everyone differently, so your COPD treatment plan will likely change over time to fit your current treatment needs. Depending on your stage 2 COPD symptoms and disease progression, your doctor may prescribe a variety of medications, such as short and long-acting bronchodilators, flu and pneumonia vaccines, combination inhalers and even antibiotics.

Your doctor may also recommend that you participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, which is a program that combines exercise, education and support to help people learn to breathe and function at the highest level possible. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a medically supervised program.

Stage 2 COPD Lifestyle Modifications

For people in any stage of COPD, your doctor may recommend certain lifestyle modifications, such as quitting smoking, avoiding triggers, eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. In fact, these lifestyle modifications have been shown to help people live a more active life.

Along with medications and lifestyle modifications, many people have benefited from alternative COPD treatments, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care and stem cell therapy. Usually, medications only work to manage and reduce COPD symptoms. However, stem cell therapy works to promote healing from within the lungs, potentially improving breathing and quality of life.

Many patients report feeling better after treatment, can live a more active life doing their favorite activities and are able to reduce their oxygen therapy use. Stem cell therapy can help people in any stage of COPD, from stage 1 COPD to end stage COPD. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about your stem cell treatment options.


  1. Lung Institute

    1 month ago


    Thank you for the question. We would suggest you talk with your primary doctor or specialist to determine if this indicates anything regarding stages of COPD. You’re always breathing more heavily from one nostril than the other. During the day, the sides switch and the other nostril goes into ‘work mode.’ This process is automated by the aptly named autonomic nervous system, which is the same system that controls many things your body does all by itself such as digestion and heart rate. For your nose, this system controls your ‘nasal cycle’, so that each nostril operates effectively.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Cynthia Blanchard

    1 month ago

    I’M Only breathing THROUGH One nostril while in stage 1. Is that a sign I’m in stage 2 now?

  3. Lung Institute

    3 months ago


    Thank you for your comment. We are very sorry to hear about your condition.

    There is no formula for how long each stage lasts. Each person is unique and conditions are different. The good thing about our stem cell treatments is we can treat a person no matter what stage they are in.

    We’re happy to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  4. diane goree

    3 months ago

    I have stage two copd and also a condition called mai…i am on an inhaler and an emer inhaler. if i so much as smell smoke my chest locks up and aches…it does that sometimes when i exert myself and that does not take a lot anymore, cleaning the floor, wiping baseboards, etc, makes me breath hard…geesh, i wish there were a cure. about how long does each stage last ?

  5. Lung Institute

    3 months ago


    Thank you for your message and we are sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  6. Mandy cook

    3 months ago

    Been diagnosedtoday with stage 2 copd today, my chest cat scan showed a possibility of the ALPHA-1-ANTITRYPSIN
    Blood test forthcoming perhaps
    I quit cigerette smoking almost 3 months ago, but im having major difficulties quitting a 20+ year marajuana habit (smoke from a bong)
    I will be attending rehab ince arranged
    Thunk im a little numb atm, trying not to overload on info but wanting to b aware of everything

  7. Stephanie Joehlin

    4 months ago

    I am thankful to be able to read this to my husband who is having a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that I am only 40 & been diagnosed stage 2. I am working torge a better living. I already quit smoking & at this point I am only on an inhaler.

  8. Phoebe

    8 months ago

    Hi Tara,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with COPD and pain. It’s important to tell your doctor about any pain or changes in your symptoms. Your doctor knows you and your health situation well, so he or she will be able to best guide you on what steps to take. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for COPD, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Tara

    8 months ago

    Do get pains from copD i have pains all over my body since being diagnosed with copd stage 2 a month agp

  10. Matt

    10 months ago

    Hello Tonya,
    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover our treatment at this time. It usually takes several years before insurance companies begin covering newer medical treatments, once they’ve seen a financial benefit in their favor first. Click here to learn more about this topic. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way our staff can learn more about your situation and give you the best info possible. Thanks again and have a great day.

  11. Tonya

    10 months ago

    Is this covered under Medicare or Insurance? What is the cost

  12. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Joseph,

    Thanks for your question. Bronchiectasis is a pulmonary condition in which damage to the airways causes them to widen and become scarred. The lung disease causes your airways to slowly lose their ability to clear out mucus. As a result, the mucus continues to build up creating a mucus blockage, which allows bacteria to continually grow. This often results in repeated lung infections. The blockage and accompanying infections cause inflammation, which lead to weakened air passages and difficulty breathing. Over time, the airways will lose their ability to move air in and out.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy as a treatment options for COPD, bronchiectasis and other chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We hope this information is helpful, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  13. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Connie,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding stem cell therapy for COPD and other chronic lung diseases. The best way to have your questions answered is to contact us, so you can speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Connie Lynd

    1 year ago

    I would like to know more about cell therapy, this therapy makes sense to me. I just don’t know if I have enough money.

  15. Joseph Prendergast

    1 year ago

    What is bronchiectasis

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