Hi can anyone help me understand this a little better

Hi i woner if someone could advise me has i am new to this and must admit a little scared has been told i have moderate copd by my doctor after haveing a spirometry test.

The strange thing is the person who done the breathing test said i have mild empytsema and when i went to my gp i was told i have moderate copd.

I have never heard of copd but i have empytsema, i ask for a print out of my results but just cant get my head around it all and all i want to know is how bad i am has i dont understand what these readings mean.

thanks Paul

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  • A think that is a great question :)

    Only thing mising is FEV results .... I had everthing well apart from propper diagnoses untill i had my ct scan

    All the best :)

  • hi thanks for mesage.. my fev1/fvc results after bronchodilator is 68.0

    fev1/fvc before bronchodilator is 62.0

    pulse oximetry 98%

  • You're on the BLF (British Lung Foundation) forum here, they have loads of info on their website. Follow the links I give here, just click on the blf... part

    COPD is explained here: blf.org.uk/Conditions/Detai...

    COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is the name used to describe a number of conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, where people have difficulty breathing because of long-term damage to their lungs.

    As you are recently diagnosed, have a read of this page: blf.org.uk/Page/Recently-di...

    Call the helpline when the are open, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm on 03000 030 555. They can have a chat with you and also send out an information pack that includes a DVD you can watch to find out more.

    Understanding your results will be more meaningful if you can talk to someone about them.

  • Hi

    Please do as Gordon suggests and call the BLF helpline on Monday - 03000 030 555 - and speak to one of the nurses. Those test results need a short discussion - need to find out more about you - the results you have quoted mean very little without the background.

    Thanks

    Mark

  • Thank you so much gordon and mark for info but i did chat to a nurse last week from BLF and sent to her my spirometry print off results that i got from my GP FOR 5£ and the nurse replied by email to say that.. my copd results show moderate and that for the test to pass quality control you have to see the actual results and my GP has not given me this???

    All i wanted to know was how bad my moderate copd is or how close to the survere stage am i has all my doctor said was dont worry and have another breathing test next year to see how i am doing.

    I so glad i can get to chat and read other info from people who have this nasty lung disease and not sure what i would have done with out the help and advice from BLF

    Thank you so much

    Paul

  • Hi a bit more info about me and my results, i have packed up smoking has was told by the nurse who gave me spirometry test that i have emphtsema but strange my GP said i have COPD but i know emphtsema and copd are the same

    i have also joined a gym where i can walk on a treadmill 4 miles in an hour and 10 mins has where my ankles ack more then getting out of breath.

    spirometry results on jan 15 were...moderate copd disease (ongoing episde)

    Pulse oximetry 98%

    FEV1/FVC RATIO AFTER BRONCHODILATOR 68%

    O/E-RESPIRATORY- PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGE TO FEV 1 IS LESS THEN 400MLS OR 20% THEREFORE RESULTS ARE SUGGESTIVE OF COPD

    FVC AFTER BRONCHODILATION 4.14 L

    PERCENT PREDICTED FEV1 79.0%

    AIR (X799F)

    PERCENTAGE OF PREDICTED FORCED VITAL CAPACITY 102%

    FEV1/FVC RATIO BEFORE BRONCHODILATOR 62%

    FEV1 BEFORE BRONCHODILATOR 2.67 L

    FEV1 AFTER BRONCHODILATOR 2.83 L

    .................................................................................................................................

    MEDICATION REVEIW DONE

    FORCED VITAL CAPACITY 4.14L

    COPD DISEASE (H3) MODERATE

    FORCED EXPIRED VOLUME IN 1 SECOND 2.83 L

    FORCED EXPIRED VOLUME IN ONE SEC/FORCED VITAL CAPACITY RATIO 68.36

    SUMMARY CARE RECORD UPDATE

    ...................................................................................................................................

    Just wanted to know how bad i am and how long until i get to the sevear stage and will then need oxgen, has i have not read anywhere how long it can take people with copd to go from moderate to severe and i dont want to be a like a pest keep phoneing the nurse at BLF has im sure they must be so busy

    Thank god for this site and BLF

    Paul

  • Hi forgot to mention above i am age 55 and i take seretide 500 morning and evening and have a blue top inhaller for has and when but never have to use it has up to yet anyway

    Paul

  • Hi my husband as severe copd with 27 per cent lung function since giving up smoking he can climb stairs without being breathless doesn't struggle with having a bath his lung function was lower when he was smoking like his doctor said its just a number. Oxygen

    never mentioned cos he doesn't need it.

    Enjoy life and try to stop worrying/ take carex

  • thanks for this barst 1950 makes me feel a lot better thinking its not all doom and gloom..take care xx

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