Hi Everyone,I have copd and recently completed a 10 week

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pulmonary rehab program.At the beginning my walking distance  was 526m in 6 minutes.After the program my distance was 588m per 6 minutes.Naturally I was pleased at the improvement but I am wondering if this means my FEV1 has correspondingly improved.Would I need to do another Spiro test to find out?Thanks very much.

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    Not sure about another test ,but well done for the improvement ,but don't stop now ,just because your course has ended dosent mean your ok now ,any of the exercises you've done at rehab continue to do at home ,,,that's if you can't afford to go to the gym ,I did my first rehab class in 1992 ,and still sometimes ( after sever infections ) do the course again ,but it have continued my progress into the gym and now go twice a week ,tring each time to do that bit more than previous ,on my last visit I managed 2 Klm on the treadmill in 27 minutes and 3 Klm on the bike in 10 minutes plus the use of the weight bearing machines  ( well some of them ) ,keep going ,and keep well, 
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    Evening eleanor55804

    Keep with it that's really good what your doing but please don't over do it anyway you will know when to stop (to rest) also if you want to keep track of your fev-1 levels there are plenty of spirometers to choose from that can be bought online there are manual ones & digital ones I fine the digital spirometer the piko fev-1 good to use as it gives you the pef & fev-1 readings & shows you which zone your in which is imprtant aswell there is also the piko-6 digital spirometer but doesn't give the pef readings so I found out through reading but then I guess it's the fev mesurements that are more important if I'm right the fev-6 is for copd  & the fev-1 is for both yet the fev-6 is more expensive I don't know why! this is just a suggestion you don't have to buy anything entirely up to you just thought I'd mention this if your keen on keeping a check on your progress....smile 

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      Hi ,I'm afraid all the fev ,pinko numbers etc are way over my head , I have an Oxymeter to keep a check on my oxygen levels and heart rate, and when I'm exersising at the gym the copd nurse is in the next area doing the rehab classes ,so if I over do things they're there to take care of me ,Aldo I've been doing the exersises since 1992 ,and I know what I can and can't do and when to rest etc, but thankyou for taking the time to read my comments and showing your concern for my well being, I really appreciate it ,best wishes and good health ,x
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      Hi Nanny1086

      No problem! I hope i didn't come accross critical or say the wrong thing as I happened to notice my points have gone down not that that's the reason I'm on here on this forum, I'm on it because I enjoy being able to help where I can & gain knowledge my spelling is getting terrible! i apologise if I came accross wrong in anyway! The pinko word was meant to read piko-1 0r piko-6 I was probably getting carried away with writing & best wishes & good health for you aswell!x 

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      Hi Karen, I was offended in the least ,it's just all those technical terms go over my head, and in all honesty ,,,I don't think I've ever been told what my ,,,,,,?? Fev etc is ,  and I think they would confuse me anyway ,,,so I just try to remain positive and go to the gym as much as I can and do my house work and  shopping  etc etc ,,,,when I'm ill and can't cope I've got a team of nurse specialists that come out to me ,but other than that I just plod along doing my best ,Im like you,we learn so much on here ,and it does. Help to know others know how your feeling ,.take care ,hugs and best wishes ,Georgina .
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      Evening Nanny1086

      Thank god i was rather worried but Thank you for letting me know all is fine Thank you & same  take care Hugs and best wishes to you also I'm glad you have the support you need!x

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