I just wondered if anyone can offer advice on my sisters Spirometry results. I’ve tried to look on the internet but it always takes you to medical sites so gets too complicated. We’re trying to build her case for an ESA appeal as well as arm myself with as much information as I can as I’ll be going with her.
She’s 38, struggles to walk far without stopping to catch her breath and I am known to walk slow but she can’t keep up. She has to stop a couple of times when climbing stairs and sometimes has to stop in the middle of crossing the road to get her breath. She finds most things hard now but when she says she’s breathless to professionals, she actually means the times she fights to get her breath rather than what healthy people describe as breathless as she’s always like that.
FEV 0.84, FVC 1.77
FEV1 28% predicted
Baseline sp02 93%
Her doctor has written a letter saying he’s surprised she was declared 100% fit for work as her lung function is at best 50% of what it should be.
Her doctor says that her MRC breathlessness scale is graded as 3, is this an actual test or just my sister answering questions?
Basically what i’m trying to find out is, does her young age hide some of her low results? Would it be normal for someone with these results to be declared 100% fit for work?
When I’m with her I see how bad she is but others don’t seem to think she’s that bad (she gets embarrassed so hides it).
Do any of you have similar Spirometry results and struggle or do you think it’s her depression on top that’s amplifying her breathing due to anxiety? She says if she gets anxious, it’s much harder to breathe.
Sorry for all the questions, thank you