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AnnaHashimoto
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   Posted 11/19/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I'm glad to have found this board.

I have a few questions if I may.

Long story short, I've been sneezing in the morning for years and was told it was nothing to worry about. Time passed and I finally met a doctor who refereed me to an allergist. Last week I went for allergy tests, and I'm allergic to dust mites as well as other things like cats, trees and birch.
Last winter I got a pneumonia, and X-Rays always came back fine. But it started something in me, like an aggravation of my allergies. I started coughing in the morning.
Sometimes clear mucus, sometimes yellow.

I have to take Singulair and Avamys before bed.

I have asthma tests next week. It's called a PFT Full tests.

My grand-mother on my father's side was asthmatic, about 98% of my family on my mother's side is COPD.
I grew up watching them cough until they turn red gasping for air and I'm nervous about the lungs tests.

Can you tell me more about the PFT tests?
What are they going to do, what should I expect. Etc.

Thank you :)

Red_34
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   Posted 11/21/2011 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure which test my son had and it's been quite a few years so my memory is a bit foggy. He had to breath into a machine so many times, than he had a nebulizer treatment and had to repeat the procedure. I don't know if it's the same thing but these tests are pretty harmless.

Are you having any difficulty breathing? Coughing?
SHERRY
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AnnaHashimoto
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   Posted 11/23/2011 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
I am not sure which test my son had and it's been quite a few years so my memory is a bit foggy. He had to breath into a machine so many times, than he had a nebulizer treatment and had to repeat the procedure. I don't know if it's the same thing but these tests are pretty harmless.

Are you having any difficulty breathing? Coughing?


After a meal I cough a lot. A heavy meal that is. I have difficulty breathing in the morning when I have a lot of mucus in nose and it goes down in my throat.
I cough when there's dusts.

Alcie
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   Posted 11/28/2011 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
This may not have anything to do with your condition, but since you mentioned you cough after eating, I would suggest checking out food allergies and sensitivities. My husband's reaction is coughing.

Sensitivities won't show up on any tests, but you can figure them out by keeping a good food journal and, if you get a list of foods that might be triggers, doing challenge testing. I would suggest running challenge testing past an allergist if you get bad reactions!

You can put challenge testing in the search box at the top of the page and find a long list of posts detailing how to do it. It's basically finding out the individual ingredients in the meal that are the real culprits. Example: for me it's not the hamburger but the condiments and the bun. I can eat half a waffle but not the maple syrup.

Just because you test sensitive on skin testing or blood testing doesn't mean too much. I test sensitive to peanuts, but can eat peanut butter. The test doesn't cover sunflower seeds though, to which I am very allergic.
Alcie
 
 

AnnaHashimoto
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   Posted 11/28/2011 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie said...
This may not have anything to do with your condition, but since you mentioned you cough after eating, I would suggest checking out food allergies and sensitivities. My husband's reaction is coughing.

Sensitivities won't show up on any tests, but you can figure them out by keeping a good food journal and, if you get a list of foods that might be triggers, doing challenge testing. I would suggest running challenge testing past an allergist if you get bad reactions!

You can put challenge testing in the search box at the top of the page and find a long list of posts detailing how to do it. It's basically finding out the individual ingredients in the meal that are the real culprits. Example: for me it's not the hamburger but the condiments and the bun. I can eat half a waffle but not the maple syrup.

Just because you test sensitive on skin testing or blood testing doesn't mean too much. I test sensitive to peanuts, but can eat peanut butter. The test doesn't cover sunflower seeds though, to which I am very allergic.


Thanks for the advice. I will try that :)

Can you tell me if this is an asthma symptom?

Sometimes, out of nowhere, I feel like something is holding my throat.
Not enough to gasp for air, but enough to feel it. It's at the bottom of my throat, where the adam's apple is, except, I don't have one.
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