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#1 fancyface

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:02 PM

Hey all,
I am scheduled to have my first PFT on the 22nd :(

I have heard that this can be pretty rough!

I am scared :unsure:

Can I get some feedback on what to expect?

Thanks guys you all are great! :D :D

Mel

#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:30 PM

Hi Mel,

Congrats on getting your first PFT scheduled! It is actually very simple and rather fun as far as medical tests go. It just entails huffing and puffing into the machine. Inhale, exhale...something you've hopefully been doing your entire life.

You can't go "wrong" with it because they repeat each sequence a few times to make sure you are doing maximum effort, and then they average the results or take the best one.

It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes, but it could be longer or shorter, depending on the protocol they use and the experience of the technician.

I actually think it will become one of your most favorite medical tests, since it doesn't entail any poking, prodding, needles, disrobing, embibing, inserting, exertion, or discomfort of any sort. Let us know how it goes for you, okay?
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#3 barefut

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:44 PM

Well said as usual Shelley! :P

I'm all for no poking, prodding, disrobing, needles and all the other stuff you said!

There really is nothing at all to worry about Mel.

Take it easy,
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:45 PM

Hi Mel,

It is pretty simple test once you follow the exact instructions of the tester. In my case, I had little difficulty in making tight seal around mouth piece due to peripheral neuropathy in my lips. Also, I have severe cough which was making some of the procedures to be repeated multiple times.

I am also scheduled to go through CT scan, PFT, and my regular visit to the lung specialists at UCSF in San Francisco this Friday.

This will be my first PFT after stopping Cellcept. I hope to see continued improvement.
Kind regards,

Kamlesh


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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:50 PM

Shelley,

Thanx for the encouragement! Actually it was my mom who told me that it was rough BUT she was diagnosed with lung cancer when she had hers done so maybe that is why it was so hard for her...

However, I do smoke :blink:

Anyway, I am not as scared now!

Thanx,
Mel

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 06:19 PM

Kamlesh,
Wishing you good luck!

Mel

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 06:43 PM

Hi Mel,

You're very welcome!
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 09:28 AM

Good luck on your PFT's... It can be a lot of fun. Just remember to breath... *grins*

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:17 AM

Mel~

Best wishes out to you. I hope you do "enjoy" this test and may it turn out just how you wish it too.

Will be thinking of you!
Take care and stay warm,

Michelle

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:49 AM

Hey Fancyface

I've had it done too, not to worry....as Shelley says...it's the least intrusive of all....you'll do fine....even if you huff and puff a little....it's just blowing into a balloon machine that pretty much monitors all your wind (air "waves") on a computer connected to it....I suspect you're right and that might be why your mom had such a hard time (inhaling deep only to exhale it all out)....good luck with your tests! Let us know what you think when it's over! Good luck!
Sending good wishes your way!