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What are the symptoms of end-stage COPD?

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End-stage COPD, also called stage IV, is when treatments no longer help or you’re not able to try new therapies that might extend your life.

If you’re at end stage with COPD, you’ll probably feel constantly out of breath and without energy. Flare-ups called exacerbations can come on more often and without warning. These episodes can be deadly. Even if you recover, your lungs may be in worse shape than before.

Signs that your condition is very serious include:

  • Chest pain due to lung infections or coughing
  • Trouble sleeping, especially when lying flat
  • Foggy thinking because of lack of oxygen
  • Depression and anxiety

SOURCES:

British Lung Foundation: “What Are the Physical Signs in the Last Weeks or Days?” “How Do I Care for a Loved One at the End of Life?”

American Lung Association: “Learn about COPD,” “Planning for the Future with COPD,” “Palliative Care and COPD.”

Samaritan Hospice and Palliative Care: “End-Stage COPD: What to Expect at the End of Life.”

Stanford School of Medicine: “Home Hospice: Home Care of the Dying Patient.”

Hospice UK: “Being with Someone When They Die.”

End of Life Washington: “The Symptoms of Dying.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 30, 2020

SOURCES:

British Lung Foundation: “What Are the Physical Signs in the Last Weeks or Days?” “How Do I Care for a Loved One at the End of Life?”

American Lung Association: “Learn about COPD,” “Planning for the Future with COPD,” “Palliative Care and COPD.”

Samaritan Hospice and Palliative Care: “End-Stage COPD: What to Expect at the End of Life.”

Stanford School of Medicine: “Home Hospice: Home Care of the Dying Patient.”

Hospice UK: “Being with Someone When They Die.”

End of Life Washington: “The Symptoms of Dying.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 30, 2020

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