Not Just Short of Breath: COPD Symptoms Beyond Breathing Difficulty.

Not Just Short of Breath: COPD Symptoms Beyond Breathing Difficulty

There are many different kinds of COPD symptoms, but not everyone experiences all of them. We hear about the more common and frequent ones, like wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing, but have you experienced the following less-mentioned symptoms?


Cyanosis (blueness of the skin, lips, or fingernails) occurs when there is not enough oxygen in a person’s blood for the body to properly function.

Low muscle endurance

Lower muscle endurance and strength, also referred to as skeletal muscular dysfunction, is defined as the weakening or loss of muscle.


Swelling of the ankles, legs, and feet. Caused by two COPD complications - pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale - it may affect COPD patients' lower extremities.

Weight loss

Many people with COPD have trouble with losing too much weight. Appetite loss can be due to shortness of breath (therefore not feeling up to consuming food), low activity, or even depression.

Have you experienced other unlisted symptoms related to your COPD? Share in the comments or tell your story – you may not be alone in your experience!

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