Hi I am 39 year old asthmatic since a child = but not serious or so I thought! and facing a year long battle with respiratory symptoms though if I think about it I have noticed a deterioration for at least 3 years whilst still smoking - no cigarettes but Cannabis joints with my girlfriend. I gave all of this up 9 months ago -eating very healthy - walking ...my wheezing preventing me from running. I have a consultant who did a CT Scan which revealed infection/inflammation lower right lobe with ground glass and noduralties… consultant wasn't too concerned he said the rest of the lungs were clear with no fibrosis ..he didn't mention emphysema either!
Hi I have a FVC of 122 predicted and an FEV of 107 predicted , yet my symptoms are relentless - wheezing coughing - what feels like permanent burning in my throat area . My FEV1/FVC Is 70 post inhaler. I had the throat pain which forced me to gove up smoking 9 moths ago, all of the symptoms have since got worst - but due to the high spirometry figures - my consultant will not diagnose me with Copd , even though at 39 years of age the ratio of 70 appears low to me and indictive of an obstruction there!
Point being - I really struggle despite having a decent FEV and high FVC
I am very depressed as I cant really do anything without either being in breathing distress or throat pain, my consultant has put me on a months worth of steroids - I am 3 weeks in to these and there is no change ...I started on 40mg and now down to 25mg....I greatly fear for my future despite these supposedly good results and the fact that I appear resistant to inhalers (Altovent, Fostair 100/6,ventolin.
My consultant confuses me so much ...I really feel he is not treating me properly... he said the problem wasn't asthma as I only reversed by 3percent FEV after inhaler, even though I have had allergic asthma my entire life. My IGE levels were through the roof however from the blood tests...dust mites and grass pollen, so he said these problems could be allergy related. Due to struggling so much this last 9 months I am desperate for at least a diagnosis or some treatments that could possibily help me. So far nothing has worked...my consultant said on the phone I would get better buit it will just take time, but I really don't see how as the symptoms have just got worst and worst...oh and my FEF 25/75 was 53 pre inhaler and 67 post inhaler - maybe a small airways problem.
Thanks for listening, I have been driving my girlfriend and family wild with complaining,,,,the throat inflammation thing is really painful and life changing for me!
One last question can you have COPD without it appearing yet on a CT scan?