Due to restricted airflow, patients with COPD may feel like they are breathing through a straw. This can lead to fatigue and may interfere with daily activities like walking, talking, or completing chores.
Initially, COPD symptoms may be so mild that you don’t notice them at all. But this disease is progressive, meaning the symptoms will worsen as time goes on.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of COPD:
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath during everyday activities
- Excessive production of phlegm and mucus
- Frequent chest infections
In addition to becoming worse over time, COPD symptoms can also flare up occasionally. This means that some days, your symptoms may feel more manageable than normal.