COPD and Fatigue: A New Study

June 18th, 2012 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

Fatigue, the lack of physical energy or mental concentration, is the second-most common symptom of COPD, after breathlessness.  A new study out of the Repatriation General Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, reports that fatigue levels can correspond to the severity of one’s COPD and influences an individual’s frequency and duration of hospitalization.


The study, published by the European Respiratory Journal on June 13, found that patients with the most severe COPD were 14 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital within 20 months than those with milder forms of COPD.  Those individuals also had longer hospital stays than their counterparts.

Researchers believe these findings are critically important, as reports of fatigue are currently under-emphasized, potentially leading to improper symptom management and higher rates of hospitalization.  They argue that greater attention to fatigue in patients will have a positive impact on the  quality of life and economic consequences of the disease.

What are your experiences with fatigue?  Share your stories with us!

SOURCE: European Respiratory Journal, news release, June 13, 2012


  1. brian says:

    I’m tired most of the time, I even fell asleep while I was on the phone,iv told my doc and resptry nurse but they don’t seem to bothered about it, I’m only 69 but told its probly an age thing, I had lung reduction last year and have stage 3 empherseyma

  2. Bill Loftin says:

    while reading this article I fell asleep. It’s hard to contrite but better early morning. I suffer from lot’s of allergies so it’s hard to know what’s causing the fuzzy headedness. If I climb stairs I’m exhausted. I use albuterol twice per day and take Benadryl at night. After meals I can’t stay awake.

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