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#1 yogabear


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:11 AM

hi everyone, hope you're all hanging in there ok.

my first pft was abnormal. I have "severe air trapping" and have an urgent referral to pulmo. spiromentry was normal, I hear.

i've had shortness of breath with even slight exertion. feels like when I exhale I can't get my breath out. I don't smoke, don't have asthma.

has anyone had anything similar? I'm a bit spooked.

thanks you guys, love y'all.

sharon in cold washington

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:24 PM

Hi Yogabear,
I have had problems now with my breathing for nearly 12 months, I find though it can come in bouts. I can have trouble taking a breath, it hurts my lungs, it feels like sucking in icy cold air. Exhaling can be a problem as well, sometimes my breathing shudders when I breathe out.

My PFT DLCO numbers are down, so I have been told I probably have either ILD or PH. I have PFT every 3 months now. I am due to have one tomorrow and am not looking forward to it.

You are not alone in this and know that you are in my thoughts.

Take care

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 03:28 PM

I found the following definition of air trapping in a study published in Radiology Journal, April 2003.

Air trapping is a pathophysiologic term indicating the retention of excess gas in all or part of the lung at any stage of expiration.

I'm not familiar with this so I can't help much. Hopefully you're pulmonary doctor will be able to provide more information. Please let us know what you find out.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 06:27 PM

Hey Yogabear,

Good to hear from you again. Sorry it's about your abnormal pft. Janey has provided good info as usual.

I see Dr. Gerbino at Virgina Mason and I like him. Do you know who you are going to see?

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 01:36 AM

Hi Yogabear,

When you explain how you can't exhale that is just how I feel when having an attack, I also have never smoked, my last PFT last May was normal.

I have been getting short of breath for the last 12 months and have seen cardiologist, who say I have some fibrosis but its mild so would just monitor it.
However I had to see the asthma nurse for a check up ( its not been done for 3 years, but felt my asthma was fine, I'm usually affected by infections but have not had any since moving into this area nearly 4 years ago), it turned out my peak flow had dropped from 560 down to 310 so my general practitioner gave me another inhaler which has helped bring it up to 410 but that is still below the average for my age & height. So I now take three different inhalers, two which are preventative & the other has a reliever.

I hope you soon get sorted.

Do take care


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Posted 13 May 2008 - 10:42 AM

I may have cardiac fibrosis also and the cardiologist put me on spirolactone to relax the heart muscle which I think has helped my feeling of breathlessness. I didn't know how many other people get this? Anyone else out there??
Annie N.

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 01:08 PM

Hi Yogabear,

I was wondering if you could tell me your symptoms. I am scheduled for s pft this Friday and a pulmonary consult next week. I have shortness of breadth at rest and excertion as well as a hacking dry cough. I have had the s.o.b. for about 4 months and the cough for 4 weeks.