Restrictive vs. Obstructive Lung Disease
Breath in with the weight of a thousand elephant’s, Heart pounding, feeling all is lost,
Breath out with the strength of hundreds, Chest throbbing, Wishing nothing more than for the
pain to stop, and both are a wasted effort. Feelings of hopelessness, No one can imagine the
suffering you are feeling. This is what people go through everyday with restrictive or obstructive
lung disease, while both are different they are very much the same and they are deadly however
they are treatable as well as preventable.
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However this is true but these are signs and symptoms of both restrictive and obstructive lung
disease. Even in the healthcare field going into a doctor’s office or emergency room faced with
any one of these symptoms they will automatically assume you have one of the many obstructive
lung diseases. This is due to the fact that some restrictive lung diseases are rare but that why so
many people go undiagnosed or wrongly diagnosed and when the real problem is found the
damage is already done or there is nothing that can be done but to be made comfortable.
When chronic bronchitis or emphysema or also known as COPD (Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary disorder) are mentioned one thinks of the lungs. Chronic bronchitis is the
inflammation, or irritation, in the bronchioles of the lungs. The bronchioles connect the trachea,
or windpipe, to the lungs. This irritation causes an increased amount of heavy mucus in the lungs
that over time, interferes with breathing. The body responds to this mucus by producing a cough
in an attempt to clear the airways. Now Emphysema is also a type of COPD that causes a
permanent enlargement of the airways in your lungs. It is accompanied by destruction of the
walls of the alveoli, the tiny air spaces in the lungs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are
exchanged during the breathing process. When the alveoli are destroyed, it makes it difficult for
the person with emphysema to breathe. These are both obviously obstructive lung diseases,
another well-known obstructive lung disease is Asthma, Asthma isa chronic (long-term) lung
disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a
whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The
coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it
most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known
to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children.
Now when we hear lung cancer, which is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in
the lung. Normal lung tissue is made up of cells that are programmed by nature to create lungs of
a certain shape and function. Sometimes the instructions to a cell go haywire and that cell and its
offspring reproduce wildly, without regard for the shape and function of a lung. That wild
reproduction can form tumors that clog up the lung and make it stop functioning as it should.
Because of the large size of the lungs, cancer may grow for many years, undetected, without
causing suspicion. In fact, lung cancer can spread outside the lungs without causing any
symptoms. Adding to the confusion, the most common symptom of lung cancer, a persistent
cough, can often be mistaken for a cold or bronchitis. Lung cancer is one of the most common
cancers in the United States, accounting for about 15 percent of all cancer cases, or 170,000 new...