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FEV 25 - 75% and MVV

Only two numbers on the PFT test were really affected by the post bronch (asthma drug). But doesn't this mean that the asthma drug would help me with these improvements? How bad is this? The FEF 25 - 75 % is .60 actual and 23 predicted %. It was improved …

Author: netmouse
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My Zephyr Valve journey

Today I had 4 Zephyr valves inserted into my left lung. Since finding info on patients who have gone through it has been difficult for me, I decided to share what I can in hopes it might help someone else looking for info or trying to make a decision. …

Author: 2cents
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Can oxygen therapy and nocturnal O2 make you SOB?

Is this normal for being on O2? After a sleep test my doctor prescribed oxygen therapy for me at night. I've tried it two nights in a row, and I feel extremely short of breath when I wake up and for most of the day. I also have lots of gas pressure and …

Author: ksuzn
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When to call an ambulance....

I am a caregiver for my mother and I am having difficulty defining at what level her condition necessitates bringing her to the hospital. She has severe COPD for a year now and until recently we had a decent system. She would use the home oxygen (2 …

Author: Devlin
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Sister of veteran with COPD

JPI,  I am an Army veteran, have stage 3 COPD, live alone and am in my 70's.  You have gotten good advice from others here about the VA and all.  My advice is that he needs to learn as much about COPD as he can. Understanding what’s happening in lungs …

Author: JPI
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Aches in right hip and leg

not sure what’s causing this - diagnosed in June 2019 with Copd emphysema - am taking Incruse and symbicort - started symbicort in sept and this past December started to notice pain in right hip and right shin - notice it more when walking but also get …

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When to go on regular prednisone?

I see my pulmo next m onth and I'm thinking of pushing for daily prednisone. I know that when SOB is persistent, the dosepack really helps. Problem is I seem to be on a 2-3 week cycle of taking them. What mg would be best to start with? Any comments. ed

Author: edpe77
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PFTs secret? Seems to be.

Hello again. I had PFTs December 18th and I've searched in Patient Portal of my records for the results since then, but to no avail. It shows nothing about the PFTs. I can view my MRI, my CT scan, my echocardiogram, my x-rays, and every other test that …

Author: PlainDave
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Oxygen levels and lung function

copd and asthma are overlapping.  I have asthma and emphysema. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23473596

Author: DJ Sligar
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PFT full testing Lung Mechanics and Volume

I finally got the full report. Any help interpreting appreciated. A few numbers I left off. Some numbers seem pretty good, but I'm diagnosed with moderate obstructive airways disease. Again, I am without symptoms usually and they have me on no drug …

Author: netmouse
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Pressure under breasts, around front of rib cage

I have mild emphysema and within the last 3 or 4 weeks have been experiencing a pressure under my breasts around the front of my rib cage.  Almost like you feel when you have eaten too much, but that is not the case here.   My breathing is …

Author: GMillard
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Weak feeling in legs

I’m still pretty new to this so sorry for the my second question of the day so early I woke up this morning got out of bed and my legs feel so tired like I just did an elliptical

Author: Twinburl
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Advise Please

My mother is 76yrs old an has stage 4 Copd. She also has diabetes an rheumatoid arthritis. Her weight has dropped down to 95lbs. Drs just told us xray showed she has pnumenia now. My question is she keeps getting shortness of breath every hour just …

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Oxygen after hospitalization

For the first time ever I was hospitalized with COPD flare up in January for 5 days. I came home on O2 at first 24/7 but after a week and the walk test I am only using 2 liters during activity. I go back to the doctor March 2nd. My resting O2 is 96 or so …

Author: JeanneK
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Advair makes me feel weird

I’ve been on advair for about a month but find it makes me feel, funny developed a cough, eyes feel funny , anxious maybe because of all of that - it seems to go away later in the day. Off to see my go on Tuesday. Also on Incruse and ventolin. Does …

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Young with stage 1

At my current age of 27 I was recently diagnosed with COPD. The diagnosis process has taken longer than necessary because my doctor has proven to be not to o helpful in the process. After advocating for and setting up my own PFTs testing my results have …

Author: Youngin
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Retractable Oxygen Tubing: Do you use this?

OK FOLKS,,, I BUILT ONE FOR MY WIFE A YEAR BEFORE SHE PASSED, 5 YRS AGO FOR DO IT YOURSELF PROJECT! I HAVE A COUPLE VIDEOS FOR YOU TO LOOK AT, ON U-TUBE. ALSO READ THE COMMENTS THERE, BUT ONE LINK IS NO LONGER ACTIVE OF SOMEONE THAT MAKING THEM ON E-BAY? …

Author: Janina K
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Congestive Heart Failure and COPD

How do I know if I am having a CHF flareup or a COPD flareup? How I react is different. Don' t want to overreact with Ventenlin or Nitro.

Author: NowWhat
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Full pft vs Spirometry

A PFT includes spirometry, lung volume testing and gas exchange testing. It does indicate obstructive disease; emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both obstructive diseases. often a CT scan will be ordered to get a better feel for areas of damage.

Author: Dhvac
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Rheumatoid Arthitis meds and meds to help you sleep

I was just wondering if any of you guys have Rheumatoid Arthritis and if so what meds do you take? Also wondering about meds that help you sleep such as ambiem those types of drugs.

Author: Twinburl
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Prednisone - How much is too much of a good thing?

In mid-January, my pulmonologist prescribed a course of prednisone to counteract the side effects of Plaquinel (prescribed by my rheumatologist for my arthritis). Yesterday my rheumatologist prescribed a tapering course of pred for my arthritis. I know …

Author: Ben A
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End stage. What to expect. And how long left.

My mom was diagnosed with copd about 8 years ago, she is currently 63 years old. In November she was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. While there, the hospital staff felt that she should go on hospice. At first she was reluctant because she didnt …

Author: Locksley
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Prednisone Usage Concern

I am on my 4 th Prednisone treatment this year. The first two were with antibiotics as a bacterial infection was present. The second two without antibiotics as they said viral infections. Some other Information on me, stage 4 (low 20%’s), Advair, Spiriva …

Author: Mobal
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What problems are there with international flights

I want to travel to Japan;; I have COPD; Any suggestions;

Author: MCG
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End stages of COPD

Whoops - I thought I was answering the question at HTTPS://WWW.COPDFOUNDATION.ORG/COPD360SOCIAL/COMMUNITY/QUESTIONS-AND-ANSWERS/DOES-COPD-EFFECT-YOUR-BLADDER-BOWELS-WHEN-YOU-GET-WINDED-LIKE-HAVING-TO-GO-RIGHT-THEN-THERE.ASPX?PAGE=1 No idea how this …

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