New diagnosis of Asthma!

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/29/2006 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.

My name is Kirsten and I just got diagnosed with asthma today after I had a methacholine test done. My breathing dropped to 20% on the second dose of methacholine. It made me short of breath and cough, and feel tightness in my chest like I sometimes get. Afterwards, they gave me ventolin and it made me feel better. My breathing went back to normal right away..

I have been having shortness of breath and tightness, feeling need to yawn alot and trouble getting like.. satisfying i guess deep breaths. It's been like over a year of this and my family doctor told me it was anxiety because my pft was normal, and she didn't hear a wheeze.

So now finding this out I am happy to know whats wrong but angry no one diagnosed me before this!! Anyways.. I got some medications, one is Flovent its orange and looks like a disk, and you click a thing down then breathe it in.

The other is a ventolin puffer.. also i got a steroid nose spray.

Anyways. Is there anything I should know about? I have taken all the medications and I haevn't had any side effects yet. When I took the ventolin at the hospital where I had my test my heart pounded a bit but not for long. And i felt pretty good.

Any tips or info.. would be so welcome! Thank you..

Super Skater!
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 7/6/2006 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Seems like you're doing really well, that's fantastic. But I must say, I feel for you... That nose spray is really, really hateful. I'm 15, and when I was 2, I was diagnosed with asthma (I don't know which degree though) and I spent a few months in the hospital and they had to give me nose drops quite frequently. It was quite a long time ago, but I still remember how dreadful those are! I put up quite a fight with the nurses. But thankfully, that was the last time I've had to use them! Ever since I've been out of the hospital that first time, I've only had to use inhalers and this "Medi-Mist" machine thing that the doctor gave me. It's really odd. But soothing. Well, if it's anxiety that's causing trouble in your case, just avoid stress and relax, I think you should be fine. Hang in there!

By the way, you're more than welcome to e-mail me, or IM me, or whatever, at any time!
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