- Jan 25, 2019
My pals was diagnosed in 2018 with symptoms going back to 2013. Very slow progression. He has slurred speech, fasciculations and this week has his first PFT due to chocking and swallowing issues with constant coughing. Spirometer results were all 80% e crept PEF which was 47. However, Respiratory muscle force PI was 36 and PE was 25. Drs said that was an indication his diaphragm muscles were weak. So, what exactly does that mean for the future?? They are giving him a cough assist machine but said his breathing was good for now. Does breathing get worse with muscle deterioration? What should we expect?