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Is it a good sign that I did not need a bronchiodialotor for my PFT?


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#1 Kathy D

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 12:02 PM

Thanks for any input, I am worried!
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 12:12 PM

Hi KD,

In my experience, the first few times they do a PFT, they'll often order a bronchodilator just to see if it makes a difference. As we all know, more than one condition can occur at the same time.

In my case, there'd been a previous (unsupported) diagnosis of asthma which I was insisting was incorrect. B) The fact that the bronchodilator made no difference helped to rule out asthma.

What did you think of the PFT's? Interesting, huh?

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#3 Kathy D

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 12:33 PM

Yes Jeannie,

It was VERY interesting!

Actually not what I was expecting at all! I thought I would be like trying to blow up a balloon or something but the tube was much bigger than I had imagined so my breath didn't go as far as it would have with a balloon. :rolleyes:

I really had to watch and listen to the gal giving me the test for directions even though she instructed me beforehand.

The gal mentioned that if my first test had been lower she would have tried me on a bronchiodilator, so wondering at this point in time if that is good or bad.

Anxious to get the results.

Thanks Jeannie!

Take Good Care,

KD
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 11:02 AM

Hmmm, that was an interesting comment from the technician. It's so ambiguous, it could go either way, couldn't it? Did you get any idea when you'll get the results? I've got my fingers crossed for you.

I looked at that tube, well, the mouthpiece, and asked if they had a pediatric size! Once I finally got it wedged into my mouth, I started to worry about getting it out. :lol: I have to be coached through the tests too. I don't know if it's sudden onset brain fog or what, but I can never remember what to do longer than the first "take a deep breath and blow it all out hard."

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#5 Kathy D

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:45 AM

My PFT came out all normal! I even had a few that were over 100%, now just waiting for the chantix to do more than give me ugly dreams.............
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:44 AM

That's wonderful news! Hurrah for your lungs!! (Visual of me jumping up and down giving 3 very loud cheers. :lol: )

Good luck with stopping smoking. Two of my friends are on that medication right now. One has the nasty dreams and the other doesn't. I really wish the only one of my kids still smoking would give it a try. I'm thinking about giving her a lapel button I got years ago: "Kiss a non-smoker and taste the difference!"

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:52 AM

KD,

First let me congratulate you on taking the first steps to quitting smoking. YEAH!!! Great news about the PFT! I don't use or ever have used a bronchiodialator before my PFTs. I wish my numbers were around 100%....

Keep up the good work with no smoking!

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