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Are Spirometry Tests Accurate For COPD Diagnosis?

Are Spirometry Tests Accurate For COPD Diagnosis?

Hi Everyone!

Last March 2022 my PCP sent me for a a CT scan on my heart and lungs because I was having severe breathing issues and he thought I might have a pulmonary embolism. My PCP said everything looked fine. I asked him "How could everything look fine? I can't breathe. I can't walk from one end of the house to the other without getting so short of breath, I have to kick the central air on and rest for 30+ minutes. Showering is a nightmare. I cannot breathe. I'm on Singulair, Ventolin and… read more

posted January 20 (edited)
A MyCOPDTeam Member

First, you need a pulmonologist, not your PCP for diagnosis. Second, a CT scan is not a diagnostic tool for COPD, a spirometry test is. Find a pulmonologist and ask for a complete diagnostic workup. If you have COPD you can go from there; if not, you know where to look next because the pulmonologist will know.

posted January 20
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Hello.
You will get the drum-line here that COPD is "an umbrella disease" covering things like Asthma and Emphysema. But few talk about other lung and Respiratory conditions that don't fit these categories. Even with medicines, many Docs go to the well advertised brands on Tv without digging in for a root cause. It sounds like your Docs fit that category too.

You are doing good by advocating for yourself. Your descriptions here give a lot of clues that need a better-than-rote answer. Here is an article talking about recent changes to the diagnosis and treatment of the overall condition we call COPD:
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/985970
Also, Read into the link there about the GOLD Standard and you will see how much of your symptoms are counter to the "traditional" lung damaged ( aka "smoking") patient. Don't hesitate to find replacement doctors before things get out of control and you are hospitalized for intense treatment.
Be well.

posted January 20
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I suggest you see a Pulmonologist or Pulmonary Dr. Maybe see another Doctor? To get a referral . Just make sure they’re in your Healthcare network.
Just a suggestion.

posted 6 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I suffer from COPD emphysema and asthma I have been I two comas on life support and I am grade four gold I would certainly change your doctors GOOD zLUCK

posted 6 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

There are some days that we just like to forget and believe me breathing is important. Sometimes we just have to wait it out and the worm goes away.

posted January 21

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