Respiratory Disorders Community
TLC reduced--what does it mean?
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to lung and respiratory issues, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds/flu, chronic cough, COPD, lung abscess, nasal polyps, pleurisy, pneumonia, sarcoidosis, and tuberculosis.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

TLC reduced--what does it mean?

4484017?1242863079
I had spirometry 5 months ago, after 2 bouts of bilateral pneumonia that nearly killed me. My TLC was 86%, at the time, which sounded great. I had a 2nd set of testing Monday, and the TLC was down to 72%. At times the pulmonologist has said I might have pulmonary fibrosis. I know there are a lot of different kinds of PF, and I'm sure he is just being cautious about giving the problem a name, but this is really worrying me--a 14 % drop in 5 months. All the other results were close to the same levels, and he said not to worry. He also stopped lowering my prednisone, for now. He has been weaning me down ever since October, and I am at 15 mg. a day. I'm using my oxygen more lately, and I have a cough. Do TLCs go back up, sometimes?
Thanks,
herdingcats
Related Discussions
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Respiratory Disorders Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Respiratory Disorders Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
jimgreg
piqua, OH