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I was diagnosed with COPD/Emphysema about 10 years ago when I ended up hospitalized for pneumonia. In 2017 I ended up on life support for five days and my family was told I was not going to make it. I had gone into full respiratory failure due to where I live and horrible forest fires and a huge lumber mill caught fire as well. It turns out they had a rough time inserting the ventilator due to I have a small esophagus. Ever since then my voice sounds raspy and at times hard to hear.
My breathing has gotten worse BUT I have no cough, no mucous, airways open but I still can not breathe. I have been reading about pulmonary hypertension and was wondering if anyone knows anything about this. Yesterday I had a attack walking and my back had pins and needles in it for the first time. any advice?
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Hi there. I'm sorry you had such a horrible time but am so happy you are still here with us!  Please give us an update on how you are doing! Pulmonary hypertension involves the blood vessels in your lungs and when the pressure in them is greater than the lung itself, it's hypertension. It's a blood pressure concern because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood into the  lungs. These are the warning signs:  
    Shortness of breath, at first while exercising and eventually while at rest.
    Blue or gray skin color due to low oxygen levels. ...
    Chest pressure or pain.
    Dizziness or fainting spells.
    Fast pulse or pounding heartbeat.
Swelling in the ankles, legs and belly area.

Super important to see your doctor for treatment. They normally start medication that is a vasodilator such as a calcium channel blocker (these are blood pressure medications) and an anticoagulant. Some people do need oxygen. But you need to make sure to be seen and get the proper diagnosis and treatment. Let me know how you are!
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