Is there any information about COPD sufferers having increased breathing difficulty when having a full bladder? My father has COPD, but recently has had severe breathlessness when his bladder is full. Has anybody experienced or heard of anything similar? He has not noticed that he has a full bladder until his breathing deteriorates rapidly and has always managed to get to the toilet, but is worried that it is not predictable and has only just started to affect him.
For further information;- he is 80 years old and has to use oxygen bottles when doing anything strenuous.
He has recently had a heart attack and cannot have an operation, so has been let out and put on beta-blockers.