Symptoms of COPD
What You Can Do To Make It Better
How Do We Define COPD?
Breathing comes naturally to many of us. In doing so, we breathe in much needed oxygen into our bloodstream, which enables the body to work and grow. Almost every day, an average person will breathe in and out nearly 25,000 times. Now imagine having a lung disease and struggling just to do this very simple action. Pretty scary if you think about it!
One such deadly lung disease is that of COPD, known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to severe. It is characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. COPD is the umbrella term for sufferers who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis.
Symptoms of COPD
The symptoms of COPD differ from person to person. Sometimes symptoms will progress very quickly, and other times symptoms will remain mild to moderate for years until progressing rapidly in later stages. Sufferers may experience episodes in which their symptoms suddenly worsen; these episodes are referred to as acute flare-ups of the disease. Shortness of breath is the most common complaint of COPD sufferers, other symptoms include:
- Achy joints
- Weight loss
Unfortunately, there isn’t a known cure for COPD, but that does not mean that the disease can’t be treated. Many physicians prescribe bronchodilators to help expand the airways, allowing more airflow to and from the lungs. Also, it is common that a COPD treatment plan to include a regiment of breathing and aerobic exercise to rehabilitate some pulmonary functioning. For people in the most severe stages of COPD, supplemental oxygen is also used for treatment. Although most of these treatments are helpful, they do not assistance in the reversal of any symptoms, they are simply used to deter the progression of the disease. A group of innovative physicians have discovered over the past decade that the use of stem cells can have a positive effect in treating COPD and other pulmonary conditions.
Stem Cell Therapy for COPD
In the case of COPD, autologous stem cells are used, meaning they come from the patient’s own body, and can be found in bone marrow and/or in the patient’s venous blood. Stem cells derived from bone marrow or blood have the capacity to form many types of differentiated cells. During the procedure, stem cell treatment involves isolating adult stem cells from bone marrow and blood, which requires special laboratory techniques to collect them. After being extracted from the patient’s body, they are isolated. Then they are given back to the patient intravenously or through the use of a nebulizer. To many people’s surprise, the treatment is minimally invasive and typically an outpatient procedure. These procedures should be performed in a clinical setting under the supervision of a trained professional.
It takes a physician that has sought specific training to perform stem cell therapy adequately and safely. If you would like to find out more about how to relieve the symptoms of COPD, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.