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Re: Shortness of Breath

Re: Shortness of Breath

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Posted by Jeff on July 28, 2000 at 19:12:06:

In Reply to: Shortness of Breath posted by ae7327t on July 26, 2000 at 15:17:05:

: Hello all,
: Does anyone know what causes lung scarring? I have had shortness of breath symptoms for the past year now...my spyrometer readings at the allergist say that I am at 65% of what I should be. I didn't start experiencing problems until August of last year. Then all of a sudden the shortness of breath started occuring...my allergist has told me that some asthmatics have lung tissue scarring that may never get better and that I may experience shortness of breath for the rest of my life. I improved from 57% to 65% in about a month's time. I am on Singulair, Theophylline, Intal, and Flovent inhalers. I am 23 years old, run 2 1/2 miles nightly, and have had asthma since I was 2. I have never smoked. I have had multiple chest X-rays which all looked fine. I have had a stress test done on my heart and that came back fine too. Could lung scarring occur at such a young age? I am consistently blowing a peak flow of around 600-650. Since lung scarring is permanent, I am worried about this. What causes this? I have never had major problems before...could this be IPF at such a young age?

Some questions to help answer your concern about lung scarring. When do you have sob?
Rate the severity of the sob. Are you using an albuterol inhaler for rescue and how often?
Are you compliant with your inhaled meds? Finally, Lung scarring occurs with each episode of significant inflammation/infection, so it is somewhat inevitable
to have some accumulation over time. If you are on appropriate meds and managed by an allergist, asthma at you age should be under very good control.
The scarring is probably not a significant cause if your sob at this point in time. It can be a significant factor if asthma is not under good control or management over a long period of time.
Hope this is some help. I'll look for your response, Good Luck!


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