I am 39. I quit smoking a bit under a year ago. TWO years ago, I got into physical shape - I lost 70 pounds, and now go to the gym 4-5 days a week. So I decided that quitting smoking was the next step. Hooray!
Well, out of curiosity, I asked my doctor if I could get a complete lung function test. I have zero symptoms that I am aware of - no cough, or phlegm, don't get out of breath, etc. Taking the test was for my peace of mind.
She called today: I have mild COPD.
She is mailing the proper results, but shared this:
FEV1 was normal. 95% pre bronchodilator, 97% post bronchodilator
FEV1/FVC % was 78 pre and 81 post (normal 85)
Functional residual capacity is high at 3.77 which is 127% (normal 2.97)
I don't really understand what all that means though! I have researched online but it's all a confusing mess. They don't seem that bad to me, other than that last one, the FRC?
Anyone who could give me ANY insight into those numbers, it would be appreciated, to help keep me calm through the weekend until my pulminary appointment next week.
I knew it was possible - I smoked a pack a day for 17 years. But still to hear it over the phone was horrible. I will be seeing a proper pulminary doctor next week, like I said, to better understand the results and any changes I may need to make. I no longer smoke, I exercise a ton, and I think I am eating healthy, so there's that, at least. :(