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COPD and Pain? It Does Exist!

Do you ever get pain that you think could be related to COPD? For example, you may get pain from chest tightness, rib cramps, skin tears, or something else? Do you feel like pain is a common symptom associated with COPD, or do you think most people don’t know about it?

We’ve had some community members express that there IS pain related to COPD. Coughing and wheezing can be painful – but many people don’t know that unless they have COPD. Why? Because COPD is invisible, and so is pain. Join us this month as we raise awareness about the connection between COPD and pain: discuss in the forums, share your story, read about it – whatever you choose!



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  • Lobrien
    2 years ago

    I posted I guess what you would call a panic comment . I wondered how people could be so happy knowing what was coming.. I know myself I have had this for 17 years . emphysema . I am so scared . I don’t know why in 17 years this hasn’t hit before . maybe it was watching my mom die from lung cancer . I haven’t seen a Dr in a long time so no meds . I need them but no cash . Anyway my reason for this comment is to formally apologize to all of you for being so insensitive and heartless by my last comment on one post or comment . don’t know where it is but if you see it please know that I am so sorry for being such a terrible person for making a selfish comment like that knowing we all are here to help. I hope you’ll accept this truly heartfelt apology .

  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Lobrien! I’m not sure what comment you’re referring to, but please know this is a safe and welcoming space. We appreciate members taking accountability for their actions, and wanting to make it a welcoming and supportive place for everyone. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through so much and that you also had to watch your mom pass away. Please know we’re here for you, and sending gentle hugs your way. I understand money may be tight, but we do recommend seeing a physician whenever possible. Finding the right treatment for you and getting the in-person support you need (and deserve!) is so crucial. Do you have health insurance at all? Or would all of your expenses come out of pocket? Thinking of you! -Casey, Team

  • Sam1
    2 years ago

    I started experiencing lung pain today that feels like sharp pains in my chest and back along with increasing dyspnea. Don’t want to be a whiner I know I’m dying but I’m wondering if these type of lung pains are me or can anyone relate?

  • Jenn Patel
    2 years ago

    I’m so sorry to hear that Sam1. While you may get feedback from community members on personal experience, I definitely encourage you to reach out to the doctor to ask about this. We urge people to do that any time they’re experiencing a new or worsening symptom. It sounds like this is one of those times! Thanks for checking in here and please do let us know how it goes!

    Jenn ( Team)

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