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Is my doctor being honest about my condition?

Fev1 of 85, doc says I have 90 percent lung function and am normal range. I suspect she is not being honest about my condition. Any thoughts?

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi mah0877! Lyn provided some great insight, but I wanted to let you know that some of our members have sought second opinions on their diagnoses, for a variety of reasons. If you feel like you do not have a solid relationship with your physician, then you may want to seek another doctor, if possible. You might find these tips from our experts helpful — Best of luck! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi mah0877 –

    It’s not a good feeling to think our healthcare provider isn’t being honest with us. We depend on their expertise to guide us, especially if we have a chronic condition such as COPD. To ease your mind a little, normal range for FEV1 is 80 – 120 percent of predicted. Without any other information than what you’ve provided, it looks like your lung function is in that range.

    Do you feel worse than the results indicate? Is that why you think perhaps you’re not being told the whole truth? It would be good to be frank with your doctor about your need to understand your test results and that you want the truth, even if it’s hard to hear. Perhaps you’ll get some reassurances (either way) if they understand that you just want to know.


    Lyn (moderator)

  • mah0877 author
    2 years ago

    thanks for your reply my fev1fvc ratio is 67 indicating obstructive copd was diagnosed after bout of pneumonia as moderate 3 months later was tested and told normal ratio still 67 fvc 104 fev1 85 can’t do what I could before

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