I've been thru those PFT's and I have flunked every one. I have one every three months. I have gone from inhalers, to different inhalers to oxygen at 4L/NC 24/7. I had a period of shortness of breath. My Rheumy did some blood gases on me and mine were extremely bad and sent me to ER. The ER doc said I was fine. I finally met my limit and completely went off on him. I was crying and telling him what I thought and finally asked if he called my primary yet. Nope was his answer. Told him to call and he said that my primary wouldn't do anything anyway. Asked him if he looked at my blood gases yet. He told me yeah but that was probably my normal. So i informed him that my body had compensated long enough and it was tired hence my shortness of breath, chest pain and bad labs and that I wanted to be admitted and if he sent me home, it was his license not mine. Guess what, got admitted. My doc came in, referred me to my Pulmonolgist and now I am on continuous O2 feeling better than I ever did. I had NO IDEA that I was that sick.
Now, why did I go into such detail? Well, its like this.....
1) ALWAYS be involved in your health care and do not let anyone push you around. You know your body better than anyone else and they need to listen to YOU!
2) When you start having gasping speech, and are constantly tired, etc it is time to get checked out. When you see your lung specialist, insist that you get some blood gases drawn. They will at least give everyone a baseline, just in case. Your body really does know how to take care of you....to a point. If your body has a decrease of oxygen intake start to occur and it is slow, your body will more than likely compensate to keep your levels up...ie....sleep more, no energy, etc. Just because your body is helping you doesn't mean that it will do it forever. It like us gets tired and quits and then you are in serious trouble and chances are great that you will end up with a tube in your throat or something worse. Again, pay attention to your body. Another thought would be to see if he thinks you need a home nebulizer for those times that the inhaler just doesn't cut it.
Always pay attention to your body, I cannot stress that enough. Do not let someone bully you around. And when you start to experience changes, don't wait, call your doc right away and take the meds.
Anyway Michelle, didn't mean to babble on this long. Hope all is going well for you and hope that the inhalers continue to work for you.