If you think about a person with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, you may picture someone who requires an oxygen tank to breathe easier. While many individuals diagnosed with COPD reach the point of needing oxygen, the condition often starts very slowly and without drastically noticeable symptoms. Learn the early signs of COPD and how Innovations Stem Cell is helping patients breathe easier in this blog.
The Early Signs of COPD
COPD makes the lungs less efficient at getting oxygen into the body by causing inflammation and the overproduction of mucus in the airway. This inflammation and extra mucus cause changes in breathing at the initial onset of the condition, such as:
- A constant cough
- Spitting up mucus
- Excess mucus production
- Mucus color changes from clear to yellow or green; in some cases, mucus may be blood-tinged (consult a doctor immediately if you see blood in your mucus)
- Chest tightness
- An increase in colds or respiratory infections
- Difficulty sleeping and stopping breathing while asleep
- Breathing difficulty during an activity that did not cause breathing difficulty before
- Fatigue and lack of energy
While these symptoms sound (and are) serious, most people do not recognize them as a sign of a significant health issue. Ignoring the symptoms can cause the progression of COPD, so we recommend that you visit a doctor if you notice them.
So, Then What?
If you have been diagnosed with COPD, there are a few treatment options available, such as steroids, inhalers and oxygen therapy. But many people living with COPD experience a decrease in their quality of life because of their difficulty breathing when being active or even just doing normal day-to-day activities such as walking or climbing stairs.
While treatments can reduce symptoms of the disease, there is no cure for COPD. However, Innovations Stem Cell can help by using stem cell therapy. Stem cells can reduce inflammation, which in turn reduces mucus production and can help those living with COPD breathe easier. They also can help improve lung function.
Have you recently been diagnosed with COPD? Find out how fat stem cell therapy may benefit you by calling 214-256-1462 now.