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#1 marissa

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 04:51 AM

I know the PFT stands for Pulmonary Function Test, but how do the doctors perform this test? Do you get blood drawn? I noticed about 4 months ago that I am getting out of breath climbing stairs, sweeping, and my heart rate seems to be faster. I have an appointment with my rheumatologist next Monday, can she give me the test? Thank you in advance for you replies.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 07:09 AM

Hi Marrisa,

I'm going to give you a link to PFT's that is several pages long and gives you very detailed information as to what it is, why they do it, how it's done. I hope it helps you!

Please do let us know your end results. :)
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#3 marissa

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 07:50 AM

Pamela

Thank you sooooooo much for the information!

Marissa :D

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:48 AM

I just had a PFT test done last week. I have had several of them in the past. It is usually done at a hospital or a pulmonologist's office. You breath into a machine following the test adminestrators directions. "Breathe normally, take a big breath in, let it out all the way." The hardest part is getting the mouth piece in our small scleroderma mouths, the first time I had the test I could hardly get the mouthpiece in. The past couple of time haven't been a problem, I guess my mouth has gotten bigger. If you have trouble you could ask for a pediatric mouthpiece. Hope this helps.
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 11:28 AM

Marissa,
My rheumatologist can request a pft, but the actual test is done at the pulmonary clinic by a respiratory technician specially trained for this test. It's a very non-invasive test. You just sit there and breath in and blow out into a tube when the technician tells you too. The hardest part for me is the "take a deep breath, hold it, hold it, hold it, now blow out HARD - harder, harder, harder." I never get to the first "harder" because as soon as she tells me to blow out, I start coughing. There are a couple of different tests and from this little tests they can provide ALL that information listed in the link Sweet provided. It's pretty amazing.

Let us know how it goes.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 12:59 PM

Hi all,

Thank you so much for all the information, I will let you guys know when and what the results are from the test.

Marissa