Like most of us, I ended up catching COVID-19 despite my best efforts to avoid it. I had COVID early on in the pandemic, and again in spring 2022 … and I’ve paid for it!
My last pulmonary function test (PFT), which was shortly after COVID round 2, revealed a cumulative lung function loss of over 10%, which had my pulmonologist concerned. Thankfully, subsequent PFTs have shown that I’ve gained some of that back but my oxygen levels remain quite low, especially with exertion.
To get a better understanding of the hypoxia and pattern of fluctuating oxygen levels, I’ve been scheduled for a cardiopulmonary exercise test (C-PET). My pulmonologist will be monitoring me throughout this to ensure my safety, but it is to provoke breathlessness and hypoxia so they can understand what is happening. This is causing me a lot of anxiety, as the feeling of shortness of breath and hypoxia brings back some past memories of me being really sick.
Has anyone had a C-PET test done? If so, can you share what it was like for you while also having idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?
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