mattjg - Member
While we're here, anyone know about this: I've been mildly asthmatic since a toddler (now 45), it's well controlled and I can do peak flows off the scale, but still lack wummpff on climbs - I simply run out of power compared to my comparable riding buddies no matter how hard I try (I'm not talking collapsing in a wheezy heap, just that I can't knock it out like they do). Since my flows are ok, is it that the interface in my lunks that transfers oxygen to the blood stream is buggered?
OP nothing to be concerned about here for you - I am 45 years in to this.
Spot on mattjg, or at least that is my problem. Normal puff into the mechanical pipe peak flow meter only shows your peak flow. Normaly 3 puffs and an average taken. If you do not have the correct technique this can give misleading results.
I have lung function test at work, 2 weeks time actually due to the possibility that in the event of an incident I may need to don breathing apparatus
Our med centre use a computerised system which measures different parts of the lung function. Age wise I am above average except for 1 measure. The one you mention, it is only 75%. I attribute this to the fact that up till the age of 13/14 when my asthma disappeared I never had any inhalers, just bed and some horrible liquid stuff. Sufferers today are so much better looked after. My asthma returned again in my mid 30s and I carry an inhaler with me at all times. I have lots of allergy triggers and obviously have learnt to avoid. Eg I have resumed swimming recently and had to leave the pool the other day due to the onset of an attack due to the chemicals used to dose the water
I will overcome this again....