Hi Tricia, welcome to Healingwell. Have you ever or do you smoke? Why is this doc so sure you don't have asthma??? How much more evidence does he need before he's convinced??? If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck.........
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Posted 1/15/2010 5:57 PM (GMT -7)
Do you have GERD? Sometimes GERD can affect your lungs by acid overflowing into your lungs causing asthma problems. That's what was happening to me.
Posted 1/15/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)
Yes I have smoked off and on...but haven't for 6 months or so. Also I don't believe I have GERD, but they treat me for it anyways with Nexium. BTW as I said in the previous post I am suppose to come off the Advair on Monday. Well I ended up seeing my pulmunologist yesterday since I had just come off a burst and tamper and was tight and wheezy again. Well he did a PFT and it had went from 76% 3 weeks ago to 59%, he also decided to do some more labs. He is checking for ABPA, sacodosis, lupus, and my IGe level? He also did a CT since I haven't had one since 2006 and my chest xray he did yesterday was "foggy". He also said he was wondering about Churgg Strauss...I know they are grasping at straws, but hope they figure it out soon.
Thanks for your responses.
Posted Yesterday 10:01 AM (GMT -7)
ok Well I had my follow up and it didn't show any specifics. My CT was unchanged from 2006, great news. The labs that were back didn't show anything. The doctor gave me the ok to come of Advair on Monday, well Tuesday I couldn't breath and ended up going back to see pulmy. They upped my steroids and restarted Advair. Also I they put me on oxygen at home. And I am now waiting for my pulmy from the University to call and see what to do about the methocholine challenge that was scheduled on Monday..
Posted Yesterday 5:15 PM (GMT -7)
Tricia... Welcome and wow, I'm so sorry for all your discomfort. I have nothing as severe as you so won't even go into it but just wanted you to know this is a great place and you will find support and maybe even someone with your symptoms if you look hard enough. Have you ever been diagnosed with anxiety or stress? This can severely add to any other symptoms you might be having. Worth asking dr. about.
Take care and best of luck in getting control. I find that relaxation tapes help when I am going thru a bad day... try it, it can't hurt!
Posted Yesterday 5:46 PM (GMT -7)
Thank you so much! I probably do have stress being a divorced mom of 2 and a daughter with her own medical issues that took 7 years to diagnose. I have great support of family and friends!! and think my stress is handled well, but I can ask them about it, next appointment.
Posted Today 7:51 PM (GMT -7)
I went to see pulmy today. They took me off work for the weekend. I can use my oxygen as needed now and every night at bedtime. My local doctor call my university doctor and they did decide that I have severe asthma and most likely an undetermined lung disease. They put me back on zyflo and are going to work on insurance getting me approved for xolair. We will see if that helps. They are also keeping me on 40 mg steroids for awhile...
Posted 1/25/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -7)
Tricia - I'm new to this forum and I hope you find answers; never give up looking! My 14 yr old daughter is a severe persistent asthmatic for past 6 years (first diagnosed at age 3). She cannot be off her rescue meds and takes them several times every day; she can't breathe without them. She had to take the Methacholine test and even WITH the meds (Flovent, Pulmicort, Xopenex, Atrovent) she had a severe reaction to the Methacholine. Tech gave her half the usual amountof drug and only had nebulizer on for 45 seconds (which is less than half the time). It may not be necessary for you to stop your meds before this test if your asthma is severe -- ask your doctor. Good luck.
Posted 1/29/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -7)
Hi, I am new to this forum. My doctor wanted me to get a methacholine challenge (all other asthma/skin tests have come back negative), but I don't know how much it costs...does anyone know? I have insurance, but would have to pay the 20%.
Posted 1/29/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)
You can call your doctor to find out cost and billing codes for insurance company, then call your insurance provider. They should be able to tell you what you'll have to pay. So much depends on in-network, out-of-network, allowable charge, etc. The Methacholine challenge is supposed to be a definitive test for asthma -- this should tell you the answer. Good luck!
Posted 1/30/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks for the info...good advise!
Posted 2/17/2010 11:28 PM (GMT -7)
Welcome to the Forum and I'm sorry to hear about your condition. I am suffering from asthma for last 2 years and it's a terrible disease anyone could have on this earth. I started taking advair a little over a week ago and I didn't like it at all. It made me feel dizzy and I have anxiety disorder with panic attacks so when I heard about advair causing sudden death in some asthmatics it made me very nervous. My doctor gave me singular and I don't start it until tonight. Is anyone else taking singular? Just wanting to know if others have taken advair or singular and what side effects it gave them.
Posted 2/18/2010 6:01 PM (GMT -7)
I take Advair and have no problems with it.
Posted 2/19/2010 4:32 AM (GMT -7)
My friends used to take Advair and they don't have problems with it.
Posted 2/19/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -7)
I took singular for along time without any problems, they have me on Zyflo CR now (which is stronger? than singular) I also take advair 500/50 and never had problems with it. The sudden deaths reported with Advair, I think caused by people who during an attacks thought if they took more advair it would help them......ADVAIR is NOT a fast acting inhaler and should not be used during an asthma attack...
Posted 2/21/2010 11:50 PM (GMT -7)
Thank you so much for the info. Now I think I can take advair without much worries.
Posted 2/26/2010 1:40 AM (GMT -7)
My 4 year kid has been suffering from asthma and every year we end up in the hospital with something that has been complicated by asthma. We have attended the asthma clinic and learned ways to prevent attacks, what triggers attacks etc. I thought I was on top of the asthma until our emergency visit and then I started thinking there was probably a lot more to learn than I knew. This is such a terrible thing for anyone to have, especially children. I have started researching on asthma so that I can learn more about it which will be helpful for my kid and also for people suffering from asthma. Share your tips and suggestions related to Asthma.
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