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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) applies to a group of progressive lung diseases. The most common COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD symptoms can be mild initially with intermittent coughing and shortness of breath. As the severity of COPD progresses, it can make it hard to breathe. Some people may experience wheezing and tightness in the chest or excess production of sputum.

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My mother-in-law has cough and breathlessness. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother in law is 75 years old and she is diabetic. She had been treated for ulcer one year back. She is suffering from cough and breathlessness for more than two weeks. Doctor advised for a CT scan. Please see the attached report and guide us further. What does the report say? How...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the history and CT scan report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your mother in law is a known diabetic. Now, she is suffering from cough and breathlessness since last 2-3 weeks. This can be due to COPD which is chronic obstructive pulmonary...  Read Full »

When do I see improvements in my health after quitting smoking?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I have been smoking cigarettes for a year now. I want to know the health risks that occur due to chronic smoking. What are some effective strategies for quitting smoking? What withdrawal symptoms will I experience when attempting to quit smoking, and how can I...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The health risks associated with chronic smoking encompass coronary artery disease(a condition characterized by the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle. ), obstructive pulmon...  Read Full »

I got a PFT done. Kindly check and guide me if the values are fine.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a signal arthritis. Rib cage hurts when I breathe. I had a clear chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) four years back and normal pulmonary function test (PFT). I stopped smoking ten years ago. I am a swimmer and have breathing problem. I also have suspected connective tissu...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Well, your pulmonary function test (PFT) values are totally fine. Any value above 80% of predicted value is considered as normal. So, your values are too good.   Read Full »

I am diagnosed with a flattened diaphragm. Is it serious?

Query: Hello doctor,I was recently admitted to the hospital for three days with chest pain along with severe shortness of breath. I had a 2D echo and a CT of my heart done. The results revealed a flattened diaphragm and hyperinflated lungs, but the cardiac tests have not yet arrived. How serious is a flatt...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. The flattened diaphragm is due to excess inflation of the lung which pushes the diaphragm down so it looks flat. The primary problem is in the lung and it is due to COPD (chronic obstructive lung disease). This is usually seen in smoker...  Read Full »

Will quitting alcohol and cigarettes improve my blood tests?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from hypertension since few years, and I am currently on medication Telmisartan. I am an alcoholic and smoker, and I smoke approximately 15 cigarettes a day for the last five years. My current CBC report suggests high RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV. Though it reduced slightly ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have gone through your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity).The diagnosis is polycythemia. Polycythemia can be secondary or primary. Secondary polycythemia occurs because of hypoxia, which activates the oxygen sensor and more erythropoietin is...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for forced breathing and persistent cold and cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had issues with a somewhat forced breathing and a cold or a cough that is not clearing up from the last two to three months. The doctor sent me for a pulmonary test, the results of which I have attached. What do they mean? I have also attached my latest blood reports. Can yo...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Hassan Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through both the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your lung function tests detected a decreased diffusing capacity which can be due to either a vascular disease that decreases the blood supply to a portion of the lung or parenchym...  Read Full »

Why am I feeling breathless and fatigue even after a month of COVID-19 infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am recovering from COVID-19, and I am on day 26 since the symptoms started. After day 11, I spent two nights in the hospital where I had some oxygen, and a chest x-ray showed viral pneumonia or typical COVID-19 changes. I was discharged after oxygen levels stabilized. After a funny turn...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from breathlessness and squeaky noise on inspiration after recovering from COVID-19. This noisy sound may be wheezing, which is high pitched whistling sound during e...  Read Full »

How to get relief from cough present with wheezing?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 78 years old now. Before 12 days back, she had a cough and high fever. She had a wheezing problem along with a cough. She was given Azithromycin and Cratex expectorant. Her temperature got subsided after five days. But the coughing problem has not stopped. Her X-Ray finding s...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to She has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her lymphocytes are elevated. She seems to have viral bronchitis. Her total WBC count is decreased. It can occur due to bone marrow suppression by a viral infection. For wheezing, she can take Ipratropium bromide inhalation...  Read Full »

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