COPD: Signs and Symptoms All Truckers Should Know

COPD

24 million people have a dangerous pulmonary disease that can impair their ability to drive safely, but only half of them know that they have it.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive illness that makes it hard to breathe. It is usually caused by cigarette smoking, but truck drivers are susceptible because air pollution, chemical fumes, and dust are all linked to developing COPD.

COPD is a huge health issue — it is the third leading cause of death in the United States, but it develops so slowly that many people don’t realize that they have the disease.

While there is no cure for COPD, knowing the symptoms can help you get treatments to help you feel better and slow the progress of the disease.

COPD Warning Signs

— Coughing every day

— High mucus production

— Shortness of breath

— Wheezing

— Blue-tinged fingernails or lips

— Feelings of anxiety

— Lack of energy

— Unintended weight loss

— Trouble sleeping

— Morning headaches

— Swollen ankles or legs

— Stomach pain

Sources:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
DRIVE FOR COPD
Web MD
Mayo Clinic