Do I have asthma?

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Provrb3130mom
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/27/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello...I'm new here so I'll introduce myself.
I am a 26 yr old F.  I have loads of medical issues.  In fact I am the healthiest sick person you will ever meet!  I was born with heart arrythmia's.  Which I still have to this day and take medications for , as well as a murmur and I have extra bits of tendion on my ventricles that aren't normal but don't hurt anything.  I also have epilepsy.  I have cervical cancer, IBS, siatica nerve problems(know that's spelt incorrectly, sorry), I have kidney and bladder stones...oh heck I'm shot all over. LOL
 
Anyway to get to the point.  I've always been short of breath.  Since I was a kid.  I attributed it to my heart.  I would see the cardiologist and complain, and they didn't pay me much attention.  I've even landed in the hospital with my arrythmia..which finally got me some attention.  Through that I got a new cardiologist.  And I decided I would hold nothing back, no matter how silly it sounded.  Even the breathing.
 
The breathing is very hard for me right now actually.  It is summer here in Alabama.  Extremely humid.  My breath is short,  and shallow.  To help me breath, you'll often find me standing with my head in the freezer.  It's cooler, crisp air, and for as long as I'm breathing it, I can get a good breath in and feel rejunvinated.  Lately I'm on the couch, with no energy, and unable to breath well.
 
In the last year, I've developed a cough.  My hubby and I rough house, and i mean rough house.  We wrestle around on the floor, but wind up having to stop, because I begin coughing badly.  I even cough up phelm.  Which I'm not sick, no cold or anything...and then out of the blue, I'm coughing like that.  It also happens in the swimming pool.  about 15-20 minutes of just chillin' on a float in the pool I start coughing like that.  If I laugh too long and hard or get around bleach...same thing.
 
The doctor asked me if I had asthma.. i told her, I didn't think so, no one had ever suggested it before.  Anyway, she is sending me to a Pulmonologist to be test for asthma.
 
Is it possible I could have asthma?  I thought cold triggered asthma, not heat/humidity.  I also always heard ppl with asthma had trouble getting air out, not in.  And I never wheeze.  I rarely get chest colds etc.  In my life I've had bronchitis once and walking phnemonia once.  It's not a big problem for me.
 
Can anyone please educate me on this?  And tell me if my symptoms are possibly asthma?  I just always thought my heart caused my breathing chaos.
 
Thank you

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/28/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
There is never a dumb or silly question,just not good answers from Doctor's. My daughter has a heart condition Aortic Stenosis and had transventricular aortic valvotomy (open heart surgery) at 12 days old. She gets heat exhaustion easy and I asked her cardiologist "Why" and they never do give me a good answer to this question, so your not the only one at not getting answers from doctors.
As for the Asthma it could be that you have it "yes " go and see the pulmonary doctor. At least the asthma would then be treatable for you and another medication unfortnatly to add to your already many medications.
I sure hope you get the answers you seek and I send well wishes to you and lots of soft hugz.
Feel free to come and ask as many questions as you need, someone should be able to help, or offer up comfort
Keep us posted okay.
Hope you'll feel better soon
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Provrb3130mom
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/28/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much Chartruex for your reply.
I had seen my cardiologist Friday. They got me an appt with a pulmonologist Monday (today).

It seems I do have asthma. And you know what, it's not so bad. lol...I have two different inhalers. One is a daily treatment and one is for fast acting treatment.

They made me use them in the office to make sure I did it correctly. When I left the office walking to my van...I could breathe!!! I don't think I've felt so good in a long time. It was amazing ...as if life was literally coursing through me again. The only way I can really describe it is to say, all this time I've been deprived of oxygen and suddenly I was full of it. It was like I had been smothered under the covers and someone lifted them and I could breathe....and breathe well.

I don't know much about asthma though. I really didn't think my symptoms matched all I'd read. But truth is..I'm happy to have it. There is help for me now. Before I had none. The difference one afternoon with proper treatment has made is indescribable. It it hadn't been asthma, I'd still be as I were this morning, barely breathing and for no cause.

How old is your daughter now? I'm sorry she's had so many difficulities so young. I was born with a hole in my heart, but have never had surgery for it. In fact some drs say it's still there others say it is not. Go figure. My mother and sisters with their heart conditions, also can not tolerate heat. I'm not sure what causes it, but seems to correlate with the heart doesn't it?

Thank you for your reply.

Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 8/1/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh wow, Glad you got help from your Doctor a big WooHoo for you!
My daughter is 17 yrs old (a senior in HS this year) looking at going to Yale or Rice Universities. Would be great if she can make it into Yale! She's doing pretty good. We'll have to take her soon to the cardiologist, she has yearly follow ups.
Funny thing is this heart problem is not in the family on either side, go figure.
I'm so happy for you.
If you need more asthma info go to either www. webmd.com or www.medhelp.com
Now that you know what you have, you can look it up on-line just don't get carried away with all the info and stay leery of those asthma cure all's remedies, as asthma can be controlled.
Take care and have a great weekend, glad I was able to help and remember your not alone..
Soft Hugz........
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* Asthma
* Allergies
* Osteoarthritis
* Spinal Stenosis
* Mild DDD
* Enlarged
Pituitary Gland
* Fibromyalgia
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Patient: "I always see spots with my eyes"
Doctor: "Didn't the new glasses help?"
Patient "Yes, now I see the spots clearer"

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