Chronic pain is something that many people with COPD live with on a daily basis. While most people say that pain associated with COPD is in their chest, shoulders, neck or upper arms, the work of breathing can cause you to hurt all over.
Pain in and of itself, is not a symptom of COPD; rather it is often the result of the work of breathing or other unrelated conditions. Chronic pain can decrease your quality of life, make your breathing worse and make activities of daily living unbearable. Effective pain management can be accomplished, however, with medication, as well as non-pharmacologic methods of pain relief.
To learn ways to better manage your pain, regardless of whether you have COPD or not, read: