Asthma, VCD or both?

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   Posted 9/24/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering - my docs are trying to determine if I have asthma, VCD, or both. I had the Methacholine challenge test yesterday. The RT said my level dropped +25% at one point but it needed to drop like that twice and it only dropped once. Does that sound right? The test made my chest hurt and made me really short of breath. The breathing treatment made me feel a lot better. Long story short I had a case of bronchitis that they couldn't get rid of - I spent 8 days in the hospital then they sent me home b/c nothing was working (massive steroids, breathing treatments, antibiotics) b/c they did not want me to catch something else while there. Right before that, I had a traumatic event in my life as well as a tonsillectomy. I have an autoimmune disease and take a medication that basically takes down my immune system altogether. I didn't improve for two more weeks after I went home, then slowly started making progress. I cough a lot and there is stuff coming up, but the huge amount of stuff is no longer in there which is a relief. I still wheeze and make snoring sounds from my chest when I take deep breaths. I've woken during the night feeling like I am gasping for air. It's always worse at night. Today I've been short of breath all day like something keeps pinching my airways and I've used my rescue inhaler three times today. I've had choking sensations several times over the past few weeks also, and it isn't reflux b/c I take medication to keep that from happening. Most docs agree that I have VCD, but does this also sound like some asthma? I see the pulmonary specialist tomorrow to go over the Meth test results. Is she going to tell me I'm crazy? (This is my first experience with any of this so I am totally clueless.)
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prevacid, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Symbalta, Sustenex, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil

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   Posted 9/25/2008 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow wish I could help you AngelTT.
your going thru a lot at the moment.
What is VCD if I might ask?
My suggestions to you (as I'm not a doctor) would be
check out the following websites for more info

You's have to narrow your questions down but both these websites
have a doctor to answer questions, you just might have to be patient
on it takes the asthma doctor a couple of days to get a reply
as I've asked questions there.

Good luck to you and lots of soft hugz
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   Posted 9/25/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, it's Vocal Chord Dysfunction. I am lucky in that I got diagnosed early. I read that most people with this get diagnosed with asthma and docs can't figure out why the asthma meds do not work. But you can have both and I suspect I do. THanks for the websites, I appreciate your help!

34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prevacid, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Symbalta, Sustenex, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil

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   Posted 9/25/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Prevacid does not prevent liquids from sloshing up the esophagus from the stomach; all it does is reduce the acidity of the reflux so it does not cause damage to the esophagus.

An Allergist may be able to help you sort out whether or not you have Asthma. Good luck,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; Currently TPN-dependent.
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