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Posted by: kea | 2008/11/04

periods of breathing normal &  emphysema?

Hello doctor

Here is my question. If you are taking NO medication and you have early emphysema, are there periods when you breath completely normal? for days or two/ three weeks at a time, then go through a bad phase again, when you battle to take in enough oxygen. Is this the case even with advanced emphysema?

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Dear Kea
Emphysema can go through "better" and "worse" periods, depending on the weather, whether you have infection in the lungs, and air pollution. People with advanced emphysema usually need fulltime medication.
Dr Bets

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