Early Warning Signs
The symptoms of COPD will start off subtle and might not be noticeable to the average person. If left untreated, they will become worse overtime. The Lung Association lists the following as the most common symptoms of COPD:
- a cough that lasts a long time (longer than 3 months)
- a cough with mucus
- feeling short of breath
- lung infections (the flu, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc) that may last longer than other people
- tightness in the chest
The problem with COPD is that the symptoms often resemble other common respiratory illnesses like a cold or asthma, or even just natural aging. This is why many people ignore them, but feeling tired all the time isn’t normal. In addition to that, you shouldn’t become winded just from walking up the stairs or performing normal, everyday tasks. Go see a doctor if you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms.