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Why does COPD never feel better?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, refers to two different diseases in the United States.  One is emphysema, and the other is chronic bronchitis. Most people who suffer from it smoke cigarettes or used to smoke cigarettes.  It is a progressive disease, meaning that it is not known at this time how to reverse the damage to the lungs once a diagnosis is made and that it will get worse with time.  However, it is important to quit smoking to prevent further damage.  Finding the proper treatment regimen and making lifestyle changes will slow the progression of the disease and improve your quality of life, possibly making it so that daily activities are no longer so hard or feel so bad.  Work with your physician to find the medications and treatments that help you feel the best.  You may want to ask your doctor about pulmonary rehabilitation, which can also help to improve the way you feel. However, not all insurance companies cover this so you will need to talk to your insurance company to determine if it is covered.

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