I finally went for my first proper lung assessment yesterday after being diagnosed a year ago. The only other test I had was back then and taken by the practice nurse with basic equipment. The hospital had all the gear.
My doctor ( the previous useless one ) said I had 43% lung function. Tests yesterday came up as 27%. I was a bit surprised, to say the least. I have been having a bad spell this week so the tests were done at a time when I was at my worst. Today I seem to be over the worst of it and feel I am breathing nearly normal again so I expect the results would have been different. The hospital doctor wants me to go back in a month because I said I had better days and wants to compare results.
Apparently I have emphysema but not bronchitis. My oxygen transfer was 31%. I have a question. If the transfer rate is 31%, how is it that my oxygen/blood percentage is averaging 89/91%.
I also have to go back for an oxygen test as I am on the cusp as to whether I need supplementing or not.
I also have to go back for a CT scan. The doctor said something about checking for cysts or nodules on the lungs and also to verify the emphysema. I am not worried about the scan itself but am about whether something else shows up. Are nodules anything to worry about ?
He is recommending to my doctor to change one of my inhalers for Symbicort. Are there any side effects to watch out for, being a steroid is involved.
What a ramble !