Allergies and Breathing--Please Read!!

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   Posted 10/25/2006 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
HI everyone. I am a new member and need some advice. I have had allergies my whole life but recently within the last 2-3 years I have developed breathing problems and sinus problems. I started seeing an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor at that time...he diagnosed me with asthma and chronic sinus problems due to allergies. I had allergy testing done and have been receiving immunotherapy for 2-years now. My allergies have done a complete turn around (still minor problems) but I am suseptible to sinus infections each year and my breathing is uncontrollable.
I started seeing a different Doctor about 3-weeks ago to see if he could help me get my asthma under control....he is a Pulmonary and Critical Care Doctor. Of course the first visit he ordered a bunch of tests....Pulmonary Function Test, Blood Work, and a Chest X-Ray. Last week I went back for the results just thinking I have asthma and need to alternate some medicines. It turns out he says I dont have asthma at all and the tests he ordered came back problem free. He has worried me to death because he has brought up more serious problems....blood clots, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, etc. When I discussed my concerns about my allergies, breathing, and sinuses all tying in together he didnt want to hear of it. Im wondering if he only deals with the "critical" stuff? I would think eliminating smaller problems rather than having it be the worst possible scenerio would be a good route to go. Am I completely wrong here?
So anyway, the Doctor shocked the heck out of me because I have been under the assumption for 2-years now that allergies and asthma go hand-in-hand. I have been treating asthma with singulair, advair, and maxair (as needed). I am at a loss for what to do now. Does anyone have any suggestions or been in the same situation? Please help put me at ease....
Thanks for listening

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   Posted 10/25/2006 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Try going to an allergy/asthma doctor if you can.
You are not alone in getting treated badly by a doctor, I had a similar situation where two specialists said I had asthma and another specialist who said I did not have asthma only because I was not symptomatic at the time. Asthma can be hard to diagnose unless you're having an actual wheezing with a flair and that is what most doctors go by, when asthma is more than that!
Do you feel better when taking the advair, does it help?
Don't do a cold turkey off(stopping) the asthma med you've been taking.
You don't always have asthma with allergies. It could be you just have allergies. As I mentioned above you should try going to an asthma/allergy specialist, they would put your mind at ease.
Hope this helps you out !
Keep us posted and Good luck
Let the asthma/allergy doctor know what the ent told you. I also recommend that you get the allergy testing done, it might help you.

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   Posted 10/26/2006 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all of the helpful information. I am glad to know that I am not the only person out there having such problems. I am definitely going to look into a allergy/asthma specialist. Sometimes it takes a while to find a good doctor that will help.

As far as my medicine goes....I did a little experiment last week, didnt use the advair or singulair for about 2-days and I was absolutely miserable without them. So, it has to be working a little bit...keeping me from feeling worse. I just need get it under control at this point.

I have had allergy testing done. Pollen, grass, and mold are some of the higher things on the list. I was told some of those allergens can contribute to the breathing problems as well.

If anyone else has anything helpful or informative to add please do so.

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   Posted 10/27/2006 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Sorry to hear about all your health concerns. Can't remember right now the members name. I also have chronic sinus issues. That complicate my asthma. I have had sinus trouble since my teen ages. Have you seen an asthma/allergy specialist yet? I have a allergy doctor and they are to me the best to have. I am on Advair 500/50 and Albuterol as needed. Nasonex for nose. And I have seen an improvement in breathing. You, may benefit from using a Nebulizer. Sinus Rinses for you sinuses. They help clear the sinus cavities out. They help. So that is a few suggestions for you. Thanks, have a great day all.

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   Posted 10/27/2006 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   

confused  Hi, I'm a new to this site & have found it very interesting!  I am so confused & feel helpless.  I have a 10 year old daughter who has been very healthy in the past but as of August this year has had many illnesses.  It started with a sore throat, runny nose, felt acky & had a low grade fever (99.5 - 100.4) so no antibiotic was given.  A couple days later she had an ear infection & was treated with an antibiotic and was fine afterwards.  The next week she then started wheezing, coughing, felt achy & had a low grade fever.  We were told by the Dr. that she had bronchitis & was given an antibiotic.  We went for a follow up visit & her lungs were clear.  The following week the cough returned & the Dr. gave her an albuterol inhaler.  She used it 3 times a day. In school she went to use the inhaler and the school nurse listened to her lungs & took her temp. 100.2 she was concerned, called me and I left to pick her up.  On the way the nurse called me again & said she called 911.  She was taken to the emergency room, given 3 albuterol nebulizer treatments, steroids, & an antibiotic.  The follow up visit to our Dr. showed she was still wheezing  and was given a nebulizer to bring home to use 3 times a day & another antibiotic.

My husband & I were concerned she didn't feel better & was still wheezing after a week & had a low grade fever on & off of 99.5-100.4, she's been complaining of headaches, and stomachaches  (I'm thinking it's all the medicine?)  Every time we try to send my daughter to school I'm called by the nurse saying she's wheezing & has a low grade temp. We decided to take her to a pulmanary Dr. We told him we were concerned that she has been having a low grade fevers for the last month, complaining of headaches, stomachaches, sore throat, & stuffy noise & has been making loud breathing soulds every second.  We were told that she had a sinuses & was told that she had a low grade fever, sore thoat ....... from that.   The Dr. ordered a CT scan (he thought sinusitis) & it showed that she was clear.  She still has low grade fevers, a stuffy noise & headaches, could that be because of the asthma?  I think I should take her to the Allergist?  Please help!

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   Posted 10/27/2006 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Jen10
Nice to meet you! Sorry your child is ill.
YES, If you can get her in to see an asthma/allergy doctor, that might help, I don't want to worry you but bronchitis can be hard to recover from, and I wonder if she is still having problems with bronchitis. I usually only have low grade fevers with bacteria infections. remember this is just advise as I'm not a doctor and I wish you the best in getting your child better.
Good luck and God Bless
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