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What are the symptoms of stage II chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Anything you had in the first stage often gets worse in stage II. Not everyone gets the same symptoms, but you may have:

It can start to affect your mental health, too. You may get forgetful, confused, or have slurred speech.

  • Constant coughing, along with mucus, that's often worse in the morning
  • Shortness of breath that makes even household chores a challenge
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Wheezing when you exercise or during a flare-up

From: Stage II (Moderate Stage) COPD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD," "Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease : "Fatigue in COPD and the Impact of Respiratory Symptoms and Heart Disease -- A Population-based Study."

National Jewish Health: "COPD."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

American Family Physician: "Management of COPD Exacerbations."

Merck Manual, Professional Version: "Treatment of Acute COPD Exacerbation."

Cleveland Clinic: "4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD," "Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease : "Fatigue in COPD and the Impact of Respiratory Symptoms and Heart Disease -- A Population-based Study."

National Jewish Health: "COPD."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

American Family Physician: "Management of COPD Exacerbations."

Merck Manual, Professional Version: "Treatment of Acute COPD Exacerbation."

Cleveland Clinic: "4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 14, 2018

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