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Has anyone seen improvement in their lung function tests?

Yesterday I had three lung function tests and was astounded by the results. Six months ago my FEV1 numbers were 1.15; 2.82 and 40.8%. Yesterday the readings were 1.8e; 2.82 and 65.6%.

In theory, these indicate a move from stage 3 to stage 2. Has anyone else out there had a similar experience?

  1. Hi Richard and thanks for your post. You bring up an interesting concern for all of us. In the most general of terms, it is not usual to see an (objective) improvement in lung function with COPD. That is not to say your most recent (improved) results are not accurate - on the contrary, we have to respect the improvement this particular test demonstrated. My experience tells me that it 'is possible', the first testing performed (six months ago), may not have been as accurate as the most recent study.

    How do you feel? Have your symptoms been typically the same, better or worse? What explanation did the prescribing physician provide for you?

    I'm hopeful others in the community will weigh in with their comments as well.

    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

    1. Hello Leon,

      Just one thing I'd like to share but overlooked in my previous posts. Although I'm feeling fully recovered physically, I've been having what I suppose is a form of PTSD anxiety at times. Fortunately I have a network of friends who I can rely on support and that was very important in getting through dome tough times the first few weeks after returning from the hospital. Fortunately the episodes are getting less frequent and milder so I'm usually able to get through them on my own. I'm guessing that this is not an usual occurrence for people who have undergone a life threatening situation. In my case, it was also life changing as I appreciate relationships with family and friends more deeply.

      Warm regards,
      Richard

    2. Hi again, Richard, and thanks for your most recent post (about PTSD), below. I think you make a good point - having some sort of reaction following a life-changing event (as you experienced) is probably not that unusual at all. The further away I am, from my life changing accident (5 years ago), the less intense my reactions are. Now, everyone is different, it's true, but I do understand what you are speaking about.

      I'm glad to hear that you are starting to get through these reactions on your own as well. It can be easier to manage this with a strong support system, of family and friends, as you mentioned you have for yourself.

      We appreciate your candor here, Richard.
      Continue to feel well and always strive to improve.
      We are here for you should you need anything.

      Best regards,
      Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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