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Polycythemia

I have been diagnosed with polycythemia as a result of COPD and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I am wondering if anyone else has had the diagnosis and whether the treatment was able to eliminate it since it is secondary polycythemia. I am also wondering if anyone experiences urinary incontinence when they are out of breath and how they deal with the issue. My pulmonologist was not familiar with this side effect even though I have read that individuals with COPD may experience it.


  1. Hi white4938, and thanks for your post. You've brought up some valid concerns. I am hopeful that others will chime in with their own personal experiences managing both secondary polycythemia and incontinence that can be associated with this condition.


    We do have an interesting article, published right here on our COPD.net community, which focuses on incontinence, which I thought might interest you. For your convenience, here is a link to that article: https://copd.net/living/an-embarrassing-situation. I do hope you find it to be helpful in a practical way.

    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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