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    What are signs that my COPD is getting worse?

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    Dr Peter Solin

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Dr Peter Solin is a highly trained authority in sleep disorders medicine and respiratory medicine, having graduated from Melbourne University in 1987 and undertaken specialist … View Profile

    Generally three groups of symptoms are indicative that COPD is getting worse.

    The first is breathlessness, wheezing or a sense of fatigue upon exertion.

    The second is increasing cough or sputum production, or discoloured sputum production, or fever.

    The third group of symptoms relate to the complications of COPD such as losing weight, losing appetite, developing swelling of the ankles, inability to sleep comfortably, or unusual chest pains.

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