Diagnosing Asma

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negative
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 7/24/2009 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
After two years monitoring my shortness of breath decided to
see the doctor.  Will go 4-5 months without any symptoms.  So far
seem to last 1 or 2 months and go away.  Symptom believe are
related to emotional stress.  Physical work, allergies, time of
season doesn't seem to trigger.  When symptons do happen control
with breathing soft deep breaths and drinking lots of green tea.
Went to doctor and he ordered ChestXray,EKG ,Heart Stress Test,
Spirometry ,Monoxide diffusing,Bronchial Provocation, Blood Test
of TSH FreeT4 CBC Lipid Profile Total Cholesterol Venipunture
All these procedures will cost $7000   My insurance is 5000 deductible
Don't think any of these procedures are necessary.   I've monitored
it myself and concluded it was asma and have under control.
Which test would you perform if any??????Thanks for any input.....

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   Posted 7/24/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that if you work with your doctor on what are the most important tests then that might be the wisest course of action. Explain your situation and let them know about your deductible.
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Chartreux
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   Posted 7/24/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that is a lot of testing, and I agree with Sherry in working with your doctor
and explaining that these test would costs you 7,000 out of pocket and then maybe
your doctor could narrow it down from there...but I agree with your doctor on some of these test...
when we think of having breathing problems we tend to quickly dismiss it as asthma, when it
could be being caused by something else, that's why your doctor ordered so many test..
so get checked out and ask your doctor to help..
good luck and post back when you can...
soft hugz
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chloworms
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   Posted 7/24/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I got what is called, "Adult onset Asthma". I didn't get it until my mid 40's, so it was hard to diagnose. I thought it strange that my doctor would give me prednisone and inhalers when I caught a virus, and couldn't catch my breath. I just thought I had a bad case of Chronic Bronchitis. Then after an episode that landed me in the hospital for 4 days, I was finially diagnosed with Asthma. I was put on Singulair and it worked pretty good. Last year I lost my insurance and couldn't afford anything but an inhaler. Using that inhaler constantly all most cost me my life. It got to the point that I used it 6 times a day, or more. Finally, it stopped working and had to be intubated for 6 days in the hospital. I almost lost my life. I'm now on Advair which I use daily. I still have no insurance, but I get my medication at a very low cost sponsered by the pharm. companies provided by a sliding scale physicians office. I was very lucky. Hope this helps someone.  

negative
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   Posted 7/25/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the insight.   Part of me says all the testing will prove
nothing and all the medications will prove useless and my
original methods of controling my problem was the best.....

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/26/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've been where you are, as far as the testing and everytime I think nothing will show up
something comes along and surprises either the Doctor's or me...but you'll sleep
so much better after getting some of that testing done and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you
good luck to you and keep us posted...
lots and lots of soft hugz...
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