I have particiated in the Asthma forum several times and now find myself in the CF forum. My son, 7 yrs old, has been diagnosed with Asthma since very young and has a strong history of Pneumonia, 6 bouts diagnosed by the pediatrician, hospitalized twice. He has terrible asthma issues during the winter months and will typically take 3 rounds or so of Prednisone during those months.
I took him for a recheck with his Asthma specialist last month and he said Jake is doing great, now on Pulmicort Turbuhaler and his lungs were clear. Because of a nagging feeling (instinct?), I asked him again if my son's history of Pneumonia could have caused any lung damage. He always has a nagging cough and his peak flows have dropped in the last year. The specialist said that Jake sounded great, pumonary function test results looked fine and not to worry. This just didn't feel right so I took him to a new Asthma specialist yesterday for a 2nd opinion.
The new doc performed a pulm. function test and also said that his lungs seemed to be doing fine and sounded clear. He was, however, concerned about my son's Pneumonia and Asthma flare history. He also said that his sinuses were inflamed and swolen and may contain polyps. He ordered a CT Scan for his sinuses and a sweat test, which will be performed next week.
My son has not had problems gaining weight, as a matter of fact he has put on extra pounds because of the steroids so often. I guess his biggest possible symptoms are in his history. He also seems to be tired ALOT and has a huge appetite for a 7 year old! I guess I'm just not sure if I should really be worried about this. It seems so far fetched but, at the same time, makes a lot of sense when I think back about his medical history. For instance, he would get Pneumonia with 48 hours of an Asthma flare starting. The doc thinks that maybe the lung infection was there and it caused the Asthma symptoms (the opposite of what we originally thought). Could this really be CF?
Sorry to be so long-winded, but any insight/advice would be greatly appreciated!