Possible allergies and/or more serious condition than asthma???

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Mics_chick
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   Posted 5/29/2012 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

I'm posting this about my other half coz he's more than a little reticent to get help unless he's pushed eyes and I'm quite worried about it...

His symptoms are that he regularly becomes breathless and sometimes has a very rattly chest because of it.
He does have 2 different inhalers to help with this - one that he takes when he's breathless and the other to take twice a day morning and evening.
He's being treated for asthma type symptoms although his tests didn't show asthma conclusively.
One problem is that he doesn't often remember to take the second inhaler.
Another problem is that the first inhaler doesn't always seem to help either so he takes an antihistamine tablet (the drowsy sort coz the newer non-drowsy sort don't help it).
I know that the fact he doesn't often take the second (I think steroid type ) inhaler isn't going to help his condition long-term.
But another symptom is that he often has itchy skin too so I wondering if the problem is actually an allergy???
Another concern is that he was a smoker for about 20 years although he gave up over 9 years ago (when I was pregnant with our first child smilewinkgrin ).
He had 3/4 bouts of bronchitis in the couple of years he was a smoker and the breathlessness started with a couple of years of him giving up and gradually got worse until he had to get help with it (coz I made him go!)
As he is an ex-smoker who was a heavy smoker for the last 6/7 years he was smoking I'm concerned about possible serious conditions, such as emphysema.
I hope this doesn't sound too over-the-top but I'm worried about his long-term health.

Very grateful for any help, advice or support given.

Cheers Gail

Post Edited (Mics_chick) : 5/29/2012 10:44:20 PM (GMT-6)


couchtater
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   Posted 5/30/2012 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Does he suffer from Heartburn a lot?

If so, it could be acid related asthma.
Also, Have him see a pulmologist for a lung evaluation.
Joy

Mics_chick
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   Posted 6/4/2012 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
couchtater said...
Does he suffer from Heartburn a lot?

If so, it could be acid related asthma.
Also, Have him see a pulmologist for a lung evaluation.

Sorry I've not replied before but I missed the automated notification email in all the other dross I get blush

No he doesn't suffer from heartburn at all so I don't think that's the problem.

I think I will have to force him back to GP's in order to get him seen by a specialist but there will be a mini-battle first rolleyes smilewinkgrin

Mics_chick
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   Posted 6/4/2012 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Mayflower7 said...
Hi Mics_chick,
Please don't worry, everyone is so welcome hear to post worries/concerns.
Very lucky has such a caring partner too.
It really is beneficial to keep taking steroid inhaler, as that's the most important inhaler to get his condition better control.
Has he had any testing to see if might be another condition?
The blue inhaler ie salbutamol often, is for immediate symptom relief.
If finding using very frequently, need to book a Asthma review with nurse or GP/Dr.
Has he had chest X-rays, to determine any problems. As a previous smoker push for more testing. To see a specialist to rule out causes.
Very good idea, to seek early assessment if concerned and your Dr shouldn't refuse an opinion. Asthma can develop from Bronchitis, as chest wall damaged and secondary conditions can arise.
Please seek more medical attention, any other chest symptoms like bringing up anything? Does he get more Pneumonia type symptoms, ESPECIALLY in the winter months?
Please let everybody know how things go.
Take care.
Kate

First of all thx for such a thorough reply Kate wink

I didn't think he had been for chest X-rays but he's just reminded me he has but never rang for results coz he's rather not know if there is a problem!!! Men!!! eyes eyes eyes lol

I WILL be taking him along to the GP's whether he flipping likes it or not now! smilewinkgrin
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