lGood lung function results

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I've finally had another spirometry test today and am delighted that having been diagnosed with 70% lung function nearly 4 years ago it has only dropped by a few percentage points to 67%!!!  The practice nurse said this is a normal variation and is probably only because the air here has been full of smoke for the last couple of days because of "controlled burns" to minimise bushfire fuel for next summer - totally over the top in my opinion.

Today for the first time I went out in public wearing the smoke mask recommended by the local fire brigade, feeling a bit self-conscious but at least it gave me the opportunity to tell a few people where they could buy one.

I'm convinced this good result is because I was diagnosed so early and that got to rehab early to learn how to manage the condition.

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    Seeing as your age is already factored into the equation it shouldn't be dropping unless your lungs are deteriorating.

    E.g. you had 70 % of say a typical 50 year old's lungs

    Now you have 67% of a typical 54 year old's lungs

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      The smoke would affect the reading, 

      Any air pollution will affect the lung function.

      67% this month, could change to 70% next month depending on air quality.

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    congratulations jude

    Can you send more info about the mask, are you able to breathe through it ok?could you possibly pm me the link so I can check it out?

    I find I can't breathe through masks very well, but do find the Buff head gear quite easy to breathe through but that wouldn't protect against smoke pollution.

    I have an annual spirometry test, due late April each year..

    Yes I agree, being diagnosed early and attending pulmonary rehabilitation is a great help.

    Best wishes V

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