What are your current symptoms?
Since how long are you suffering from COPD?
History of chronic smoking?
Are you taking any medicines now?
There is pain in my lungs if I do to much, and tender spots on the lung area, have had COPD for 7 years now ( bronchitis and asthma) yes I smoke but am trying very hard to quit, I use Symbicort , Albuterol, Xanax for anxiety, omeprazole, and was just put on a z-pack for sinus infection, and also take Gabapentin for nerve damage
Hi,Thanks for providing more information.
Hyperinflated lungs means that it is filled with more air than usual. This is a common finding in someone with COPD that includes emphysema.
The lung is an elastic tissue and when the hyperinflation occurs,this elasticity is compromised.
As you are having chest pain so a chest x-ray is not the best test to guide treatment of COPD or as a predictor of prognosis.
The best test would be spirometry, also referred to as pulmonary function tests, particularly a series of tests over time to see how the disease is progressing.
Of course, ongoing damage to the lungs, such as from continued smoking, would also have a significant impact on the disease.
And if your lung function is abnormal alongwith hyperinflation of lungs then you may require a prompt management by a pulmonologist.
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I go to see my pulm. on April 9 , I just did a spyromtry test in Jan. and it was fine, I called my Pulm. and he said it could have been due to stress or over activity not to worry, but I am.
Thanks for the follow-up.
It's good that your spirometry was fine so possibly such hyperinflation might well be due to chronic sighing and hyperventilation, both of which are part of a faulty breathing habit associated with you guessed it anxiety.
So you should consider repeat chest X-ray on your next visit to see if there is any change.
However you need to limit your smoking intake as much as possible as hyperinflated lungs is a sign of COPD as well.