Can copd make you feel tired?
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a common respiratory condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It causes airflow obstruction and can also produce symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. Many people with COPD may wonder if it can make them feel tired. In this article, we’ll explore the various ways in which COPD can lead to fatigue and exhaustion.
To understand how COPD can cause tiredness, let’s first take a closer look at what this condition entails. People with COPD have damaged airways in their lungs that make it difficult for air to flow in and out freely. There are two main types of COPD: chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Chronic bronchitis involves inflammation of the bronchial tubes – the tubes that carry air into the lungs. This inflammation leads to an increase in mucus production within the airway walls which narrows them too much making breathing harder.
Emphysema occurs when alveoli- small balloon-like structures in our lungs responsible for gas exchange – lose elasticity over time due to repeated exposure to toxins like cigarette smoke or pollution resulting from occupational activities like welding where inhaling fumes is overly common among specialists on this field [We could call those guys ‘smoke inhalers’ but i am seriously trying not say that now because well…it sounds weird] The smaller alveoli collapse during exhaling leading insufficient oxygen supply consequently causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) hence drowsiness might occur subsequently slowing one’s productivity rate down by substantial amounts depending on severity.
Both forms involve damage or narrowing of these sensitive lung tissues all while reducing sufficient amount oxygen reaching major organs hence presenting conditions under which one would experience fatigue amongst other related symptoms.[Different cases present themselves whilst dealing with this condition ranging from mild to severe. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways COPD can make you feel tired]
Fatigue and COPD
Fatigue is an extremely common symptom in people who have COPD, It can vary widely in severity depending upon the stage of disease, activity level or presence of additional comorbidities hence being careful with activities one involve themselves into as aggravated exhaustion effects could stem from exposure to inclement weather such as high heat/humid conditions due susceptibility towards flus and other upper respiratory viruses[personal experience y’all! bet you didn’t see that coming did ya? hehe actually scratch that…moving right along]
Some possible factors influenced by COPD That may trigger fatigue include:
1. Breathing difficulties
Anyone experiencing symptoms should always avoid choking on rapid gasps during any physicality efforts such as exercising for instance unless under strict guidance by professionals experienced with handling patients in said scenario.[Such scary prospects here are not lost when imagining giving upyikes].
2. Lower oxygen levels: With chronic airway inflammation comes fragmentation resulting to lower levels of oxygen which worsens over time thereby reducing function including overall body metabolism.
3. Sleeping difficulty: Difficulty breathing (from coughing/sephyxiation spells brought about by sustained bronchitis) makes it difficult to get sufficient rest thus causing fatigue during daytime periods/poor concentration/Physical lethargy [These are but mere twists within trifles for the happy go-lucky weekender however for best description use medically endorsed definitions while advice seems necessary ie doctor visits etc…Stay safe Fam!]
- Inhalers: People using inhalers frequently reported feeling jittery & nausea among other side effects caused from frequent use hence making life uncomfortable all round & increasing chances of burnout/stress related maladies.
5. Malnutrition: Oftentimes a result of decreased appetite this could arise from the body’s natural metabolic functioning if left unchecked also causing serious issues within basic organs contributing towards lethargy among other symptoms associated.
In order to mitigate these risks and ensure that one stays healthy it is important to eat a well-balanced diet, get enough rest daily followed by low impact routines like walking as often as routine schedules can permit.[Now take a break grab some Aspirin..just kidding! Unless you have been advised so by your Doctor in instances of prolonged chest pains or palpitations]
Tips for Dealing with Fatigue
Living with COPD means taking steps to manage fatigue on an everyday basis. Below are some tips on how you can stay energized even when dealing with chronic tiredness:
Get plenty of sleep at night[is what she says right?Completely ignoring the irony given our previous heads-up regarding recent discussions about difficulty obtaining solid restorative patterns but OK].
Engage in light exercise like stretching/walking or perform activities that won’t jeopardize physical health status quo.
Eat a balanced diet which provides optimal nutrition without being heavily reliant upon stimulants such as caffeine /alcohol/cigarettes(Cue Morgan Freeman Voice-over: And none more deleterious than cigarettes).
Take frequent breaks during tasks which require exertion lest stooping down under pressure(slight pause moments before next statement) Of course, job security amid economic turbulence cannot be overlooked however unrealistic expectations should not prey on human frailties & we should aim for humane ways of work.
We hope this article has provided some insight into how COPD can cause fatigue and exhaustion. If you are experiencing severe tiredness alongide breathing difficulties feeling uncomfortable over continued periods of time please consider seeking professional medical advice so they may help find solutions despite impediments caused by Covid 19 Pandemic restrictions where applicable [stay safe, Stay Strong Fam]. Remember that living with COPD can be challenging, but there are steps you can take to minimize fatigue and improve your overall quality of life. Thank you for reading!