After initial diagnosis of severe emphysema based on CT scan only (radiology and pulmonologist both agreed) I was finally able to take pulmonary testing. Below are the results.
I know the look better than expected but their are two areas of concern:
The air trapping and the hyperventilation numbers – how the dickens do I improve these???? Please no “you can not answer”s.
When diagnosed with severe, I started cardio (walking at a mile a day) now doing three miles at a very brisk pace every day. Yesterday due to heat and humidity I walked 2 1/2 briskly but added another 4 miles at a moderate to slow pace in the shade. Will try to get on more frequently -need the emotional support regardless of numbers.
Pulmonary function test report
Date of testing: May 25, 2018
Reason for testing: A patient with emphysema.
The patient has mild obstruction with no significant post-bronchodilator response. The patient’s pre-bronchodilator FEV1 to forced vital capacity ratio is 62% (68% on original paper – this is from electronic patient files) The patient has a normal pre-bronchodilator FEV1 of 2.68 liters. 90% of predicted. The patient has an increased total lung capacity of 9.30 liters, 144% of predicted, consistent with lung hyperinflation. The patient has an increased residual volume of 4.98 liters, 200% of predicted consistent with air-trapping. The patient has a normal diffusing capacity of 97% of predicted. Impression: mild obstruction with no significant post-bronchodilator response. Increased total lung capacity consistent with lung hyperinflation. Increased residual volume consistent with air-trapping. Normal diffusion capacity.