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Stage 3 COPD: Severe Stage COPD and You

7 Apr 2017
| Under COPD, Disease Education, Medical | Posted by | 30 Comments
Stage 3 COPD: Severe Stage COPD and You

As you know, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects everyone differently and at varying rates of progression. Stage 1 COPD or mild stage COPD is categorized by a forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) of about 80 percent or more of normal lung capacity based on the GOLD System, and stage 2 COPD is categorized with a FEV1 between 50 and 80 percent of normal lung capacity. In fact, there are four total COPD stages. After learning about COPD prognosis and life expectancy, stage 1 and stage 2 COPD, it’s time to take a closer look at stage 3 COPD.

Determining Stage 3 COPD

The COPD stages range from mild to very severe. At this point, you’ve probably had lung function testing, such as pulmonary function tests, spirometry and exercise tolerance testing. Your doctor will perform these types of tests, take a detailed medical history and take into account how COPD affects your life. If you’re in stage 3 COPD, you’re likely experiencing significant symptoms and changes in your pulmonary health and overall condition.

Determining stage 3 COPD is similar to determining stage 1 and stage 2 COPD. Your doctor may use the GOLD System and the BODE Index to categorize your stage of COPD.

In the GOLD System, stage 3 COPD is categorized as severe COPD with a FEV1 (forced expiratory volume in one second) between 30 and 50 percent of normal lung capacity.

Stage 3 COPD

During stage 3 COPD, you will likely experience significant lung function impairment. Many patients will experience an increase in COPD flare-ups or exacerbations. For some people, the increase in flare-ups means they could need to be hospitalized at times as well.

Increased breathlessness and more fatigue make it difficult to perform daily tasks, enjoy your favorite activities and to exercise. Simply put, people in stage 3 COPD become exhausted more easily. Because COPD is a progressive disease, it will continue to worsen over time. At this stage of COPD, many people see their doctors regularly.

Stage 3 COPD Treatment Options

Stage 3 COPD: Severe Stage COPD and You

As your COPD progresses, you’ll likely need to have more pulmonary function tests. Your doctor will use your lung function tests to help keep track of how your lungs are doing and how well your COPD treatments are working. Many doctors compare old pulmonary function tests with more recent ones. Your doctor will also keep track of your overall health. While there isn’t a cure for COPD, treatment options are available.

You and your doctor will continue to work together to manage and reduce your COPD symptoms, prevent flare-ups and modify your treatment plan as needed. The COPD treatments you used in stage 1 COPD or stage 2 COPD might need to be changed when you’re in stage 3 COPD.

Your doctor may prescribe medications, such as combination inhalers, short and long-acting bronchodilators, oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation.

In addition to these medications and therapies, your doctor will likely recommend staying up-to-date on your flu and pneumonia vaccines to help prevent COPD flare-ups. People with COPD are at a greater risk for catching possibly life-threatening colds, flus, viruses and infections, so prevention is key.

In the event of a flare-up, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics, corticosteroids and even hospitalization. It’s important to see your doctor regularly even if you’re feeling well. However, it’s highly important to report any changes in your lung health, breathing, COPD symptoms or overall health to your doctor immediately.

Stage 3 COPD Lifestyle Modifications

In any stage of COPD, there are lifestyle modifications that can help reduce your COPD flare-up risk, manage your symptoms and even improve your quality of life. One of the most important changes you can make is to quit smoking. In addition to quitting smoking, avoiding your triggers, getting plenty of exercise and eating a healthy diet help people live a more active life.

Alternative therapies also have the potential to improve quality of life. For example, people who had cellular therapy reported feeling better, doing more of their favorite activities and experienced improvements in lung function. In fact, many patients were able to reduce their oxygen therapy use after treatment.

While medications only work to manage and reduce COPD symptoms, cellular therapy works to promote healing from within the lungs, potentially improving breathing and quality of life. Cellular therapy can help people in any stage of COPD, including stage 3 COPD. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about your options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

30 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Donna:

    Thank you for your comment and question. We would suggest you talk with your primary doctor or specialist regarding your work situation. We do not diagnose the disease or make any determinations like that. Your doctor would be much more familiar with your situation. We wish you luck.

    Our team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment, candidacy and cost. 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.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Donna A Parmenter

    3 months ago

    i Have what is called end stage copd and Hypoxia is what the pulmonolgist wrote in my records, He did not tell me whether he thought i could return to work or not, sO IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP WORKING OR SHOULD I TRY TO GET DISABILITY, i have to have some type of income. MY JOB IS PHYSICALLY HARD, PULLING AUTO PARTS ALL DAY AND RUNNING A WAREHOUSE AND STORE

  3. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Tina:

    Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear about your condition. The stages of COPD are based on breathing tests and it sounds like you just had those. You should rely on your primary doctor or specialist to interpret the information.

    For many of our patients, treatment has helped them feel better and breathe more easily. To hear more from our patients, check out our testimonials page. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Tina

    3 months ago

    Yes, I HAD MY lung test done and these are the results. Pulmonary function test, which was done today, showed severe obstruction with an FEV1 of 0.9 L, which is 35% of predicted. The FEV1 ratio is 71%. There is evidence of air trapping. Diffuse gas exchange is impaired. but when I look at the social security page they talk in liters. I am lost on how to compare this to what they require. also, my doctor say Severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. . would this fall into the stage 3. I kind of spaced out when he said that. any advice and info would be greatfully helpful. oh and i am 63 in and 47

  5. Lung Institute

    9 months ago

    David:

    Thank you for your comment. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. In order to best answer your question, we need to gather more private medical information from you over our secure phone line. Our team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment, candidacy and cost. 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.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Lung Institute

    9 months ago

    Fred:

    Thank you very much for your comment. The steroids tend to only relieve symptoms, rather than address the progression of the disease itself. Changing your eating habits is a start to improved health. Here is a link to blog articles we have written that talk about diet and nutrition.

    By using autologous cells derived from the patient’s own body, cell therapy works to harness the body’s natural healing ability. This form of treatment is remarkable for its ability to ease the symptoms of lung disease and address its progression, all within a minimally invasive procedure with demonstrated effectiveness.

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

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Lung Institute

    9 months ago

    Judy:

    We are very sorry to hear about your condition.

    For many of our patients, treatment has helped them feel better and breathe more easily. To hear more from our patients, check out our testimonials page. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Lung Institute

    9 months ago

    VK

    We are sorry to hear about your condition and wish you the best.

    Please contact us at your convenience and we can help you begin the process of cellular treatment. We’re happy to talk with you one-on-one about your questions and concerns regarding cellular treatment, candidacy and cost, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. David P.

    11 months ago

    I have stage 3 COPD AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE COST RANGE OF STEM CELL THERAPY?

  10. Judy Adamic

    11 months ago

    I AM 73 YRS OLD, SURE I AM STAGE 3 COPD. ON 4 LTRS OXY 24/7 AND HAVE SEVERAL EXASERBATIONS THIS SPRING.

  11. Fred Shirley

    11 months ago

    Hi Sheila my name is Fred I am 64 I’m a black man I am on a lot of steroids I think I need to get off the steroids and lose weight what would you suggest for me to do to improve my breathing problems should I eat the foods that is posted on here should I do cell will it help me

  12. V K Mahajan

    11 months ago

    I am in IndiA. I am 78 years old. I was perfectly o k In janusry this year i became unconCioud and had to be admiTted in the Hospital for 25 days oit of which for 18 days i was on ventilator.
    Dr told us that i have stage 4 copd. I have extreMe breaThlessness all the tIme. I have been given. Capsule each which i take teice a day for copd & one tablet each derrifedretard. Please help

  13. Phoebe

    11 months ago

    Hi Sheila,

    Feel free to share our most recent findings with your doctor at your next appointment by clicking here. We’re also have many resources for physicians on our website, and you can share them with your doctor by clicking here. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Sheila V

    11 months ago

    My doctor does not BELIEVE that cell therapy is a proven science. I want TO approach him again but am not sure how to counter his objections. I have already had a collapsed lung from my EMPHAZEMA.

  15. Phoebe

    12 months ago

    Hi James,

    We have written an article about stage 2 COPD. You can read it by clicking here.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  16. James

    12 months ago

    I am at stage 2 of copd and smoke about 7 cartons a month

  17. Phoebe

    12 months ago

    Hi Tina,

    We’re sorry to hear that you weren’t able to reach someone when you called. We will send this information along to our team. In the meantime, we recommend you try giving us another call at (855) 313-1149 or filling out a contact form on our home page. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  18. Tina Peterson

    12 months ago

    i called you but you not answering… please can you download (whatsapp Messenger) on your phone and register with your phone number so we can message you and communicate with you easily….. (whatsapp Messenger} is a phone app, it makes communication easier….

  19. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Hi Kia,

    COPD affects everyone differently and at varying rates of progression. During stage 3 COPD, people often have noticeable symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath. These symptoms may make doing everyday activities more difficult. If you’re concerned about the progression of your COPD or if you have any questions, we recommend talking with your doctor. Your doctor knows you and your health situation well, so he or she will be able to best guide you and answer your questions. If you’re interested in learning more about cell therapy, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  20. Kia

    1 year ago

    Is stage 3 of copd fatal

  21. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Hi Stella,

    Age isn’t a disqualifying factor for cell therapy for COPD. We have treated patients all the way into their eighties and nineties. Currently, Medicare and insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that insurance companies and Medicare will cover treatment in the future. Keep in mind that this may take some time though. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for COPD, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  22. Stella Henry

    1 year ago

    At my age of 73 is it worth it for me to even consider cell for copd. Or, by doing so will it BENEFIT others in the future. I’m on medicare. Thank you

  23. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Dear William,

    Thanks for your comment and question. There are currently ongoing clinical studies occurring to further investigate the effectiveness of cell therapy for chronic lung diseases. However, these ongoing trials have not yet published their findings. To read more about published clinical studies of cell therapy in mice models, click here. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with our knowledgeable medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  24. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Elizabeth,
    Thank you for your question. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way our staff can get more familiar with your medical situation and determine if you are a candidate for cellular treatment. Thanks again and have a great day.

  25. Elizabeth

    1 year ago

    Does having the cell therapy consist of having to HAVE abg

  26. William Garrison

    1 year ago

    Have there been any clinical studies that show the benefit of cell thearapy to copd or other lung diseases?

  27. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Doug,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment for COPD and other chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  28. DOUG MITCHELL

    1 year ago

    i WANT TO KNOW WHAT TYPES OF INSURANCES COVER THESE PROCEDERS….

  29. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Paula,

    We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding cellular treatments for COPD. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and cost, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. In the meantime, feel free to check out our patients’ stories by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  30. Paula Harris

    2 years ago

    Interested in getting more information on cell for COPD.

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