What does early COPD feel like?
The first symptoms of COPD are frequent coughing and more mucus or phlegm coughed up from the lungs. Your chest may start to feel tight. The coughing begins to disturb your sleep. You may feel tired, and become short of breath when walking up a hill or a flight of stairs.
What does mild COPD feel like?
Definition of mild COPD
The most common presenting symptom is dyspnea with exertion or chronic cough with or without sputum production. Other (but more infrequent) symptoms include chest pain, orthopnea and wheezing.
What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD?
Current smokers with stage 1 COPD have a life expectancy of 14.0 years, or 0.3 years lower. Smokers with stage 2 COPD have a life expectancy of 12.1 years, or 2.2 years lower. Those with stage 3 or 4 COPD have a life expectancy of 8.5 years, or 5.8 years lower.
What is the most common symptom of COPD?
Common signs and symptoms of COPD include:
- An ongoing cough or a cough that produces a lot of mucus; this is often called smoker’s cough.
- Shortness of breath, especially with physical activity.
- Wheezing or a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe.
- Chest tightness.