You can remember the typical COPD symptoms as “SCS symptoms”. This designation stands for:
All three symptoms occur simultaneously only in the most advanced state. The cough is generated by the increased formation of mucus, as can be observed in COPD. In the morning, after waking up, the cough is at its worst. The regular expectoration releases the airways of mucus. If the cough occurs only in certain places or if there is no sputum, this rather indicates other diseases. Through coughing, in the case of COPD a typically brownish sputum is released, which is viscous. Later on during the progress of COPD, a progressive shortness of breath is experienced. At first you may experience shortness of breath only if you make physical efforts. Later the shortness of breath can cause complete mobility reduction.