numbers, do they add up

sats 99-100% with no drop in exertion, good air entry throughout his chest with no added sounds, spirometry test showed fvc 2.68 (62% predicted ) and the fev1 of 1.26 (36% predicted ) that's what my GP gave me a copy of my test from last week.

the consultant said that I have COPD because of smoking of over 35 years, can anyone please tel me, could they be wrong about my copd or am I just trying to hide the fact that I do have it because I get so out of breath, coughing, and brining up phlegm plus I have a wheeze, I am 50 years old and smoked for over 35 years, I have got app with respiratory clinic next week, have to have chest xrays, etc. anyone have any answers please, my consultant says that I have copd,

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Await your final test, which by a process of elimination will leave a possible diagnose of COPD which is indicated by your fev1, mine was 34% at diagnosed.

Are you by any chance still smoking? Reason for asking is oximeters can not tell the difference between oxygen and carbon monoxide which can give an usual higher reading.

hi, the day of my test I was still smoking. you say the day of my final test by process of elimination, is that to so if I do have copd or to see how bad it is? sorry for the silly questions, I am great full for your help and advice


Spirometer test is the norm for COPD a fev1 <80% is a indicater of copd, 36% is moderate/severe.

X-Rays are to eliminate any other reason for your breathlessness.

There lots you can can do to slow the progression, stopping smoking is one , regular exercise, and a balanced diet.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a must, speak to your respitory nurses about referral.

I was diagnosed by a consultant, who was looking at my x-ray. He said it was the only way of positively diagnosing my emphysema (copd). I was just 50 years old, I was shocked, but now 18 months on, my life has improved, with correct medication, and a new partner. Life does not end with a diagnosis. Good luck with your further tests.

Nin x

I was only diagnosed by a COPD nurse by a spirometry test. No consultants or x-ray for me! x coughalot

I think they want to do other test, as I have angina, and ashma, but I know I copd as your body nows whats wrong

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