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FEV1 results

My mother took this test which showed her FEV1 at 28%. What does that mean? How can she improve this and what treatment should she be on? Currently she's on 3 inhalers: Advair 250/50, Spiriva and albuterol. She's always having pain in her chest. Could this be acid reflux or is this associated with her COPD?  She has stopped smoking. She had been smoking for 30 years until she discovered her condition.
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Your description suggests that your Mother has severe COPD.  If so the inhaler treatment is appropriate but she should have her blood oxygen level measured, in case the COPD may have led to oxygen deprivation.

Pain is not normally a symptom of COPD.  Her doctors should look to other possible causes of chest pain.

If she does have COPD she would probably also be a good candidate for a local Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

Good luck
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