PFT test...what to expect?
Posted 27 June 2008 - 01:18 AM
I am scheduled for a PFT test soon and don't know what to expect. Can you guys tell me what it is and what they do to you during it? I know it measures oxegyn but how? And how long does it take? I had a chest CT that showed no fibrosis or cancer, just 2 small 3mm nodules that I was assured thru 3 phone calls and 2 Dr visits was nothing to worry about. Gah! I'm scared.
Any input would be appreciated.
Posted 27 June 2008 - 02:01 AM
The PFT I had was in February. I sat in a chair and the technician explained what was going to happen. It's basically breathing into a tube. Nothing to worry about and absolutely no pain. It took about 1/2 hour. You'll be fine.
Comfort and cheer.
Posted 27 June 2008 - 03:15 AM
You will be given instructions by the tech as to how to breath. Then they give you an inhaler with albuteral and you repeat some of the tests. You shouldn't have caffeine the day of the test because of the abuteral.
Good luck and I hope your test goes well for you!
Posted 27 June 2008 - 05:02 AM
Gareth has had two of them. The tech walks you through the whole procedure. He had some gagging getting the mouth piece in but you should be able to go to a kid's size if you need to.
Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:20 AM
I don't go for a couple weeks, but I'll keep you posted when I go.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 12:07 PM
As a PFT veteran, they are no big deal. The worst part for me is I cough a lot during them and when I leave, I don't feel well...too much strain on my lungs I guess, but they really wear me out. When I know I am going in for a PFT, I always make sure I have something fun planned for that evening....like large amounts of chocolate or a glass of vino.
I hope you do well on your tests!
Posted 30 June 2008 - 03:12 PM
Just the same as the others said, I had one as well. Don't lose any sleep over than one, it's entirely painless and easy peezy!!
Posted 03 July 2008 - 09:20 AM
I too am a veteran of these tests. Frankly, I have lost count of how many times I have had one. It really is an easy test to go through. No pain, just alot of huffing and puffing in and out into a tube. If the mouthpiece is too difficult to get your mouth around, they should have others there for you which should be easier. If you explain you are a scleroderma patient and have difficulty opening your mouth wide they will understand and fit you with a smaller, more flexible mouthpiece. Basically, you will be told by the technician what you need to do. Twenty to thirty minutes and you are out of there. No biggie. Good luck with it.
Posted 11 July 2008 - 08:24 AM
She said my lung function was excellent and functioning at 100%. (well the reading said 101% but that doesn't make sense so I'll just go with 100).
I have a follow up with the Pulmonologist next Friday for her to look at my CT scan and PFT test and I guess she will decide how often I have to go back for re testing.
Anyway, thanks a bunch for all the support, you guys rock!!
Posted 11 July 2008 - 09:22 AM
Thanks for posting so quickly. These tests seem so scary at first, glad you had a good tech. that makes a big difference.
Glad things are looking positive, couldn't ask for more!
Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:38 AM
That's fantastic!!!! Sounds like the testing and the results made you day, week, month...
As far as the 101% goes, that's based on your "reference" - age, weight, sex, history, etc. Reference points can be different for different people - so your doing BETTER than your reference points! Congratulations!
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:46 AM
I absolutely loved the technitian and told her if I ever have to come back for another PFT, she'd give it or I wouldn't do it Lol She said that things looked so good, sadly she wouldnt see me again. That made me smile.
Posted 11 July 2008 - 11:37 AM
That's great news, I'm happy for you too!!
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