I just stumbled across this site while searching for some answers. I was hoping I could get some help. My results of spirometry are concerning. Actally, I'm very scared at this point.
37 years old. Smoked 15years. Quit ten years ago. But took a job that exposed me to dust for 10 years with little to no protection.
Experiencing Shortness of breath.
Spirometry results are
Ref. pre. Post. Change
FVC. 5.54. 5.34. 5.24 -2%
Fev1. 4.48. 3.91. 4.14. 6%
Fev1/fvc% 81. 73. 79
Fef25-75% 4.74. 2.97. 3.83. 29%
My spirometry interpretation came back "all normal" by the respirolgist. The follow up doctor seemed satified in report as well. I feel like im the only one taken aback. Please help!
Also, in regards to the post bronchodilator numbers. Are they to be used as
Guide for copd diagnosis? It seems like in my situation, pretty misleading, especially given my age.
Would a bronchodilator be a useful tool for me at this point?
Any tips on how to help me learn and grow through this would be really appreciated!
I plan on exercising and changing careers.
Thank you all for sharing your wisdom and support.