• it sometimes happen to me too, the one thing that usually happen is the sputum culture. i cant get at the clinic “regular” sputum like from the deep of the lungs and this is effecting the treatment i get.. that maybe i have a bug in the airway that i cant know about it and even my doctor cant. weeks or 2 before and after the “right” sputum is out at the pulmonary drainage by physical therapist or during inhalation (less likely). the second ; i can feel exacerbation few days after my clinic appointment and while i was there ..they definitely didnt exist then…
    the 3rd and most annoying ! – i cant know how my FEV1 will be . even if i feel great.. this test can bite me in the ass.. i can feel that i breath freely and my FEV1 drops 10-12 %.. or vice versa i know for sure that i have exacerbation and i feel less good and obviously the doctor will prescribe me antibiotics for 2-4 weeks.. and boom ! my FEV1 its the same (which is good) or even higher !! i 28 years old and this test never gets easier.

    • Oh, man, I can definitely relate to this! I’m never good at guessing what my FEV1 will be! I’m also learning that my numbers only reflect how I’m feeling about half the time. As you mentioned, sometimes I’m certain my lung function will be down but the numbers are actually pretty high, and other times I feel really good but my numbers have dropped significantly! Knowing I’ll have to do PFTs is one of the main reasons I experience clinic anxiety.

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