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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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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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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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