Difficulty breathing during aerobic activities

Patient

Q: Category suggestion: Pulmonary

I'm a 55 years old woman. I'm aware that lung capacity diminishes with age, but mine seems to have diminished more than I think is normal. I become extremely winded much faster and much more severely during aerobic activities (such as cycling or swimming). I'm also a singer, but my ability to sustain notes has decreased considerably. A bronchodilator was prescribed, but it did not improve my condition. My PCP, ENT dr, and pulmonologist say all my tests are normal and will no longer address my concerns even though I know many individuals my age and older who have no trouble doing the same activities as mine. A doctor friend suggested that I work with an incentive spirometer to help increase my lung capacity. In addition to helping post-surgery patients and asthmatics, he said the incentive spirometer is also used to measure and help improve the lung capacity of some athletes. Are the lungs of someone my age still pliable enough to improve the lung capacity? Is it true that this device could help me? In addition to the spirometer, what other exercises would you recommend to help me continue doing the activities I have loved for many years? Thank you.

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