Peak Flow Meter

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Doday
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   Posted 9/15/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I had not had an asthma attack in several years and my allergies have been bad for about a month...sinus.  Last Saturday I had an asthma attack...then Thursday had trouble breathing in the night.  I have been wheezing.  My peak flow meter said 150 last Saturday and this morning.
 
Since I haven't had trouble in years...I don't remember what is good or bad with the peak flow meter. 

Red_34
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   Posted 9/15/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Your peak flow standard should've been set for you when you were first diagnosed to know where your proper range is. Just to give you an example: for my son who is 16 years old and weighs about 150lbs - his range is 350-400. 150 seems a bit on the low side. Do you have an inhaler?
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Doday
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   Posted 9/15/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My inhalers are empty...because I haven't been to the Doctor in years.   I weight 119 lbs.  I do have 2 volomax from several years ago.  My peak flow meter has 250 and below as the red part.  My breathing is better now than this morning.  It is almost to 300. 
 
I think I need to see a Doctor though. 

ceebee
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   Posted 9/15/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:)

Yes, you need to see a doctor. At 150, you are in your danger area and need to seek help. You really need to carry a rescue inhaler with you at all times. Asthma attacks happen whenever they want to and you need to be prepared. Your life could depend on it. Take care and I hope you are feeling better soon:)

Another Day
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   Posted 9/15/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Doday,
 
I agree with everything Red has said.  Your doctor should have set your peak flow standards when you were diagnosed.  You definitely need to see your doctor again.  A peak flow of 150 is low.  If it's been a while since you've had an attack, you probably need to be re-evaluated any way.
 
Not long after I was diagnosed, my allergist taped my peak flow zones on the back of my peak flow meter.  400 or above is my green light zone, 380 to 220 is my yellow light zone and 200 or below is my red light zone, which means I'm headed for trouble.  In case you end up in the ER, it is also good to take this with you so they will know what your normal peak flows are. 
 
Take care!
 
Carla

 Epilepsy, asthma, GERD, depression, hypothyroidism


straydog
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   Posted 9/22/2007 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Please by all means get into a dr. I lost a very good friend at the age of 40 recently due to a severe asthma attack. He thought he was bullet proof too, never took meds the way he should unless he got in trouble, then it took the meds forever it seemsed to kick n. He left behind a young wife and 2 yr old son. This is one disease you do not want to mess around with. Susie

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