Obstructive Lung Disease/restrictive
Posted 24 March 2007 - 03:46 PM
I just read that you have obstructive lung disease. I was wondering how common it was to have obstructive rather than restrictive when caused by sclero, which is what I have. Do inhalers help you then? You are the first person I've heard about that has the opposite.
Posted 25 March 2007 - 02:39 AM
Posted 25 March 2007 - 03:49 AM
On my PFT test (both this past September and 2 years ago), in the interpretation section it says "Mild Obstructive Lung Disease", and one of my numbers (I can't remember which air flow number it is, but it is not the DLCO) is around 52%. My DLCO is good, however. When I had my first PFT and saw that it said this, the gal that did the test said that I might want to use an inhaler, but she knew my particular rheumatolgoist didn't ever want his patients using them. My general practitioner had me try one for a short period and it made me so shaky and anxious (like I had drank a pot of really strong coffee), that I didn't keep using it. I also asked the gal who did the PFT test if the mild obstructive lung disease was related to my UDCT and she said she couldn't answer that. Because it is mild, and I only have difficulty breathing sometimes (like when it is very humid), none of my doctors have seemed concerned and none of them have linked it with the UDCT. I do find it surprisingly coincidental that it started about 2 years after my diagnosis of UDCT. So.......who knows???
Sorry, I didn't really answer your questions.
Posted 25 March 2007 - 04:11 AM
The inhalers made me feel the way you described too. I was wondering myself if your lung issues were not related to scleroderma. I'd be curious to know. My husband has asthma (obstructive) and he has to use his inhaler. I know nothing about obstructive diseases with sclero so I'll just keep my mouth shut.
######, last August when I lived down south, I could not even leave my house and the air conditioning due to the humidity.
My DLCO is what is really low...it stays around the 48% mark.
I hope everyone has a nice and stress free Sunday.
Posted 25 March 2007 - 05:38 AM
Posted 25 March 2007 - 08:26 PM
Mine says severe obstruction. *sigh*
What's the difference between obstruction and restriction?
You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate
my HMO makes me wear a helmet...