Good morning all
I have just received my most recent set of PFT results which state that my lung function is stable. This is the bit that Doctors pay attention to yet, when I look at my results, I see (over the course of a year & 3 sets of PFT's) a PEF on spirometry that has fallen from 6.5 to 4.6, TLC from 5.2 to 4.6, RV/TLC ratio from 35 to 50 (now 141% pred). My FVC, FEV1 have fallen slightly and all tests of respiratory muscle strength have fallen significantly.
Is this 'stable'? Would others be happy with this statement? I'm slim, active, non smoking and extremely determined not to give in to the demands that my chest is making on me to slow down but feeling rather concerned about this decline. I'm worried that my doctors are too complacent as my O2 SATs are good but I am struggling even to walk my dogs these days and, at the age of 48, had anticipated staying active for a little longer . . . My GP openly admits to not understanding these tests although she is very supportive in all other ways.
Thanks for reading. Clare