I recently had a pulmonary function study ordered due to having a feeling I describe as difficulty getting air. The results state, "total ventilation is reduced to 61% of predicted, consistent with restricted ventilatory impairment." The rest of the study (spirometry, lung volumes, oxygen saturation) appears normal. I am wondering if you could explain what this means, and if this could be why I feel like I am not getting enough air. Not sure if relevant or not, but, I have been diagnosed with autonomic neuropathy.
This is one test and should not be the sole basis for this significant diagnosis. The diagnosis means that there is a neurologic basis for preventing you to allow air to enter into your lungs. I would highly recommend you see a pulmonologist and discuss your symptoms and have some further testing.
I was having mild pain in my upper chest area and across my
upper shoulder area. DR.sent me for a chest X-ray, 2 weeks later I go
back for a follow up, and he says the X-ray was normal,"just showed
scarring on my right lung" I asked where the scarring could have come
and he told me from an old infection. I had a chest x-ray in Nov. and
it was clear, he said it depended on who reads them.. I still had the
same pain, so he sent me for a stress test for my heart, That was
2 weeks later I go again for a follow up (after a surgery for
Endrometreosis that kicked my lungs butt,) Again same pain, Again I question the findings on the
chest X-ray.. He sends me for a CT scan of the Chest
W/contrast.I went on the 1st of March.On the 7th I go to the Imaging
and ask for
my records, The CT scan, says and I quote...."There are mild to moderate
bullous Emphysematous changes about the lung apices, more prominenet on
the right side that the left. there is slight nodularity along the
posterior pleural surface of the right upper lobe, extending toward the
right apex, at the level of the posterior segment of the right upper
There are minimal sites of parenchymal scarring in the region of the
inferior lingular and right middle lobe. there is probable minimal
platelike atelectasis perhaps admixed with dependent pulmonary blood
flow posteriorly at the level of the posterior cosrophrenic sulci" Could some one PLEASE explain these results, can't get an appt with a Pulmpnary Dr for 3 weeks!!!!
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