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When you don’t feel well, it isn’t uncommon to go online in search of answers.
And if feeling unwell involves trouble breathing, then it’s possible that your research has led you to this article. And to the possibility that you may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
But how do you know if your issues do, in fact, stem from this condition?
To Get a True COPD Diagnosis
The only way to know for sure is to go to the doctor and get a breath test (called a spirometry), a chest x-ray, or a chest CT scan. Any of these can help your doctor identify whether symptoms of COPD are present.
However, one piece of research has also discovered that there are five questions that could be fairly good indicators that your breathing troubles may be related to COPD.
This study was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and involved taking 44 questions that many doctors used to help identify COPD symptoms and reducing them to the top five questions that were the best at providing insight of a COPD diagnosis.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself
These five questions, that you can ask yourself right now, are:
- Have you ever lived or worked in a place with dirty or polluted air, smoke, second-hand smoke, or dust?
- Does your breathing change with seasons, weather, or air quality?
- Does your breathing make it difficult to do things such as carry heavy loads, shovel dirt or snow, do your job, play tennis, or swim?
- Compared to others your age, do you tire easily?
- In the past 12 months, how many times did you miss work, school, or other activities due to a cold, bronchitis, or pneumonia?
If you answered yes to these questions, then it is possible that COPD is to blame for your difficulty breathing. Again, to find out for sure requires that you schedule an appointment with your doctor for further testing, which you may want to do to discover if COPD is present and, if it is, to begin a treatment regimen.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.
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