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   Posted 9/9/2008 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to a pulmonary specialist today.  He was very quick.  He did a breathing test in the office and said I needed to go on a steroid inhaler along with my other one and then I need to have a complete pulmonary function test done next Tues.  He said that he believes I have inflammation in my lungs causing me breathing problems.    I did find some family history out, I knew my Grandma had died of emphysema, but I found out they never knew what had caused the emphysema, she had never smoked or lived with anyone who smoked.  The doctor at one time had told her that she had many small strokes in her lungs.  My Grandma hated doctors and would never go to any specialists and never would stay in a hospital.  It just made me wonder if she could have had Lupus and back then was just never treated or dx with it.  I don't really know if Lupus can even cause such things to happen to your lungs.  Do any of you know?  Also have any of you ever had a pulmonary function test, and if so what is it?  

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   Posted 9/10/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Domanique, A Pulm. function test is used to determine what % of lung capacity you have. You blow into a tube that is hooked to a machine. They are all a little different but they do the same thing. You just breath when the tech tells you to and it registers on the eqipment. Usually they have you breath 3 times than they give you a nebulizer treatment. than they have you take the test over again. The idea being "is the medication making any differene?".

It isn't a hard test but my lungs are so bad that I usually come away from there tired and sore.

I'm waiting right now for information on what is causing the problems with my lungs. My pcp says it's lupus lung. other doctors don't think so. I hope they are right because I need a transplant and if I have an autoimmune disease in my lungs I  won't be elligible for a transplant. Because there would be no guarentee that it wouldn't attack my new lungs.

try to avoid the cold air are strong cleaning supplies, hair color, smoke. anything that would cause irritation.

let us know how it goes


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   Posted 9/10/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have problems with all those chemical things. They make me feel like I can't breathe. Even newspaper print gets to me. I'm trying very hard to avoid all of them. Tonights I feel like my chest is all heavy and its hard to breathe. Thanks for the advise
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