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Hope everyone is breathing well today. I have already written my story but I am wanting to ask a question and don`t know where or how to do that on this site so here I am. I saw my doc yesterday and tried to get some answers from him but he always does all the talking and telling and it’s hard to get a question in his one-sided conversations because when he gets through, he is off and out the door. He is a great doc otherwise but anyway I managed to get the results from my spirometry from his nurse: fev% = 37….fvc% = 53….fev/fvc ratio = 70…..fef25-75% = 14. She didn’t know what this means and I`m not sure either. I think it means I am Stage 3. Can anyone tell me if I am right or explain this thing for me?

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  • Jenn Patel
    3 years ago

    Hi Patt1013 –

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    To answer your first question regarding where to post questions like this, you are always welcome to post here but you can also post questions in our forums: To get there, click “Community” towards the top of our website, and then click “Forums” in the list on the left.

    Regarding your spirometry results, while we are unable to provide medical advice via the internet, for your safety, there are a few things that might be helpful.

    First, these pages on COPD stages might be helpful: and

    Additionally, I really hear you on the frustrating experiences with talking to your doctor. I thought this article might help with that situation:

    Also, I know this is not necessarily easy, but we encourage you to call the office and ask your doctor for clearer ideas on what your results mean. Your doctor really is the best person to be able to speak about your specific situation – but if this one is not meeting your needs, many people in the community find it helpful to get a second opinion, if that’s an option for you. It sounds like you’re mostly happy with him thought, except for this one area.

    Please do keep us posted on how you’re doing. We love to hear from you!

    Jenn (Community Manager,

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