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diagnosed with moderate copd fev of 56 first test month later improved to 67 told by lung doc my lung function was near normal dont understand i thought copd only got worse i am battling anxiety and depression as my job requires a yearly physical and am scared of losing it and insurance anyone been through any thing simaler would like to hear any advice etc

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    It can.improve a bit if on.correct meds. But gradually gets worse over decades.
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      thanks for your reply i have quit smoking dont have symptoms other than tire easily was diagnosed after a bad bout of pnumonia in hospital a week dont know if tiredness is related to copd or illness
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      Glad you stopped smoking that would help. Yes I get tired easily but if you were I'll then would make it worse.

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    Hi I am going for my lung function test on April 4th.  I will ask about these numbers and will post them.  Please try to not worry - easier said than done.  I am a worrier as well.  The people on this site are more of a help than some doctors.  They have lived a long life and continue to do so.  
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    The spirometry results can fluctuate but that doesn't mean the lung damage improves, lung functioning can but the damage remains and can progress.

    FEV 67% predicted for age is not normal, it is indicative of moderate, obstruction/restriction to airways.

    for explanation of the spirometry you might want to look at this patient UK leaflet:

    https://patient.info/health/spirometry-leaflet

    Great you have stopped smoking, congratulations.

     

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    Hi I had asthma for many years and was diagnosed with mild copd as well 9 years ago.  I finally got some proper treatment and my lung function went up 9 points.  The nurse said it was probably poorly controlled asthma and that I had just slipped out of the copd range. 

    Previously my lung function was then considered normal (in the UK) at 73% but a few years ago they changed this criteria,  so although my fev1 is still in the mid 70's now I am diagnosed as just in the moderate range.  It hasn't changed in 9 years. 

    The damage to your lungs doesn't improve over time but exercise can make your body use oxygen more efficiently so you feel as though it has. 

     

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    I  don't think you should feel anxious or worrieed after all you had good news from your consultant, you seem to be rapidly improving.

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