Had my first visit with a Lung doctor two months ago because I had a constant cough. My O2 was 91 and said he saw a small amount of fluid in one of my lungs. He changed my blood pressure med. advised me to keep taking my copd meds (Stiolto and inhaler) and most importantly my asthma med. I am due to return in 3 weeks with a new chest x-ray and to have some breathing tests. I exercise everyday with the Lift program, O2 can go as high as 96 when sitting down but can drop to 89 when… read more
The breathing tests are necessary to confirm a diagnosis of COPD. Without the breathing tests, it's a guess; educated guess, but still a guess that you have COPD, so it's a good thing to get it checked. You'll know where you are with this disease, and that will help you and your pulmonologist figure out what a good treatment plan for you should look like. Your pulmo is doing the right things at this point. Exercising on a daily basis is really important, so continue with that and push yourself a bit every week or so to do a little more than you did last week.
No, please do not be scared. You will be fine as LONG AS you do what your doctor advises and take all prescription medications. There are several people in this forum who will likely agree with me. I have put up with COPD for (I think) about 14 years. In suffered an exacerbation of COPD about two months ago (iT GOT WORSE). Now I am breathing with one lung. The doctor sent me to pulmonary rehab where they are teaching me proper exercises, diet, and more. Since beginning my exercise routine, I have improved immensely. Now, let's see what others say. God Bless you, Carrie25414 and do have a happy breathing day.
Thanks for the comments .................. I am feeling better. The Lift program has been great and I would recommend it to anyone with breathing issues.
You exercising is a plus for you. Sounds like your lung doctor is doing the right testing. When he gets all the results then he can get you on the right treatment plan. I hope you have a good afternoon.