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Old 06-11-2003, 10:19 AM   #1
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Question how is asthma affected and how does it affect other health problems???

ok, new question....if kellie2 or plm read this, please respond!!

first of all, to kellie and plm, i was reading your post later on in the day when i read the long thread that i think plm started...i used to sigh and yawn so much that that people ask "what's wrong" and "are you tired?" i was astounded when they put me on the advair and singulair, but the benefits were more cardiac than respiratory...i mean, i can take way more deep breaths than i used to, but i still feel short of breath alot, and its very frustrating...my doc has me switched me to 250/50 on advair, but its still in the mail...back to the cardiac...the slightest physical activity would send my heart racing from 80 to 114 beats per minute...just walking down a hallway...i would get dizzy and my head would ache and i would be a little jittery for about half hour...from WALKING DOWN THE HALL!! trouble is, i take the albuterol when it becomes bad, but it only takes away the probs a little...i'm not scared-never had an attack...i'm just frustrated and annoyed with myself...do you think the 250/50 will help this lingering shortness of breath??? also, i think part of the problem may be due to my digestive problems, as they can give the "sensation" of being short of breath when everything is fine...i guess i'll just hang tight...lemme know kellie and plm...minus the emphysema thing, i sound just like you guys, and by the way, i'm 17...

i've never been one of those wheezy kinda asthmatics that gets attacks, mine's more just like a chronic feeling of not being able to breath, but i have a very dry, unproductive cough up in my larynx, there's alot of mucous, but it never comes up...i've noticed it all but disappears when i take the albuterol, but its always there otherwise, even with the advair and the singulair, and thats why my doc aggreed to up me to 250/50 on the advair.

the 100/50 has been doing most of the job, but i don't know if its going "backwards" or whether i'm just accustomed to the "better" breathing that the minor probs from before just seem worse...i mean, they're not any worse, but its the same feeling i would get without meds...but its only periodic, not all the time

now, about the dry cough in throat...is that common for people to have who have asthma...my throat is frequently irritated, but i have some excess drainage even with meds...and GERD can make your throat sore, and i'm having some problems with that too...i'm just kinda confused...its like all my problems are in a big cycle...i don't know if i should tell my GP (who manages my asthma) about the GI stuff, cause he can't do anything since i'm officially under another docs care, and my GI doesn't know much about my asthma...i'm just confused...i think the problems are irritating each other, but i can't keep them separate with separate docs, but i MUST have a GI...

also, when my throat gets real mucousy i take the albuterol, which helps alot, but today i was coughing and (sorry...this is just a tad graphic) stuff actually came out of my mouthwhen i was coughing, could the still persistent feeling of not being able to take a deep breath be caused from some of my GI probs?? probably, but...i don't feel ill, no fever, nothing, but that has never happened before, and it was that greenish- alarming color...however, i don't know if that was just because i had eaten cake with blue icing about 20 minutes before that-haha...anyone have ANY suggestions???

thanks for reading!
rach :P

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Updated on 6/18/02

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
Spring 2000: diagnosed with TMJ...have lower splint
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!- GI put me on 40mg Pepcid Rx in the morning and at bedtime...Seems to be holding over till August...
July: chest x-ray came back, found mild thoracic scoliosis, and small "heart shadowing", EKG results are coming...

 
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Old 06-11-2003, 07:34 PM   #2
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Hi Rach - Boy, that's alot to read at one time Everyone's different so I'll jsut tell you what's going on with me.

I was diagnosed with asthma a little over a year ago. Never had 'attacks', just chest tightness, couldn't take a deep breath, and would get out of breath very easily. My doctor started me on Advair 500 first, then when I started to get better, he lowered it to 250, and now I've been on the 100/50 since last fall. Allergy testing showed no known allergies, but I didn't think it would as I've never had them. The last symptoms I had after everything was feeling better was the constant sighing and yawning. These are not asthma symptoms, they are symptoms of a hyperventilation syndrome which was brought on by your abnormal breathing patterns. It's called 'overbreathing' and simply put, you need to 'reset' your breathing. It took me awhile to do this by doing breathing exercises, but it eventually went back to normal. And yes, I had other people tell me too that 'Boy, you sure sigh alot' or wonder if I was bored or tired. My body had simply forgotten how to breathe correctly.

I reread your post and Rach, you have almost every symptom of Chronic hyperventilation:

Breathlessness at rest for no apparant reason
Frequent deep sighs or yawning
Chest-wall pains
Light-headedness or dizziness
Tremors or 'jitteriness'
Fast pulse rate
High anxiety

When you aren't breathing correctly, the normal balance of oxygen and carbon-dioxide is upset, and that affects your body in alot of different ways and causes many different symptoms, some of them very scary. It took me awhile to get mine back to normal and you can, too.

If you want to know more about it, let me know. I believe that when you're struggling to breathe with asthma, it may be normal during that time to have your breathing pattern all over the map. But once your asthma is under control, then your breathing should also calm down. And if it doesn't, then chances are it's become a habit and you need to change it to feel good again.

Let me know how you are, ok?



 
Old 06-12-2003, 09:11 AM   #3
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oh my gosh...this is the most accurate post i've gotten from ANY of my posts on this website!!

i most definately do have all the symptoms of chronic hyperventilation...tell me if i understood correctly...this is caused by the having untreated asthma that has been going on awhile...

chronic hyperventilation is not a separate problem, right?? you said that the symptoms that are still bothering me are the last ones that you got rid of...and i do think i have some messed up breathing patterns, which confuses me cause i'm an avid clarinet player, and breathing is essential to do that well...hhmmm...

anyways, thanks a bunch for the post, it was sooo helpful, and the chronic hyperventilation thing is exactly me...although i don't really have any anxiety, but it is eerie that all the other symptoms fit me to a "t"!

why do i constantly feel like i have to diagnose myself when i deal with a GP...mine seems so knowledgable, but he just said asthma, and he never said anything about "hyperventilation"...odd...what are some of your breathing exercises?? i know when i was trying to build some lung capacity for my clarinet playing, my teacher would have me breath in for 8 counts, hold for 8, release for 8, and we would slowly up the counts...is what you do something like that?

lemme know! thanks again!

rach
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Updated on 6/18/02

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
Spring 2000: diagnosed with TMJ...have lower splint
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!- GI put me on 40mg Pepcid Rx in the morning and at bedtime...Seems to be holding over till August...
July: chest x-ray came back, found mild thoracic scoliosis, and small "heart shadowing", EKG results are coming...

 
Old 06-12-2003, 06:20 PM   #4
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Keep in mind there's a number of things that can make your throat sore -- do you have sinus problems? A post nasal drip that's constantly running down your throat into your lungs could irritate your throat enough to cause these symptoms, and would also explain the excess secretions. I only mention this because the whole world does not necessarily have GERD.

Have you ever had heart testing done? Have you ever had pulmonary function testing done?

Going short of oxygen for a short period can suddenly make your heart work much harder. It's a chicken-or-the-egg thing, however, because some cardiac symptoms make a patient feel short of breath, and some respiratory symptoms can make the pulse quicken. My guess (and it's only a guess) would be that if the albuterol helps and doesn't make your heart race so bad, and also gets rid of the phlegmy feeling, that it's primarily a lung-thing.

Has your advair made any difference at all? You mention "upping" the dose, which suggests to me that you're already on it.

Some asthmatics find they benefit from a symptom-diary to track their symptoms. Note when you have an episode where you notice your shortness of breath, and try to think of EVERYTHING surrounding that episode -- when during the year (date helps, allergen concentrations are different depending on the year,) time of day(since circadian rhythms can affect asthma symptoms,) how much sleep you've had(contributes to stress,) what you had to eat previously (and how long ago, trying to rule out a gerd-y type of response,) what you were doing at the time(stress and exercise/allergy induced), and how far away you are from your period(because hormones play a role as well.)

See if you notice a pattern.

Greenish phlegm is not a good thing -- in fact it usually means you've got the workings of a lovely chest infection -- but if you think you were mostly just spitting out colouring and not actually coughing up phlegm, then it might not mean anything. Of course if you were coughing the icing out of your LUNGS, however, we've got a bigger problem than just asthma, though I doubt you would have gotten this far in life and not had some kind of swallowing difficulty diagnosed.

I'm not sure what to say, other than that if the 250/50 doesn't make a difference beyond the 100/50, you should be seeing a specialist to have some serious pulmonary function done, to decide if this is pulmonary or cardiac once-and-for-all.

 
Old 06-12-2003, 09:17 PM   #5
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wrin- i just created a signature tonight, so i'll post it at the bottom and see if it works so you can have a more concise overview of my history...

i do have sinus problems...and i'm on nasonex and allegra for it but lately i've been having problems with additional sinus swelling, along with the "itching ears" i mention below...

and i do have very bad GERD...thats why i asked about it complicating things, cause i was diagnosed with GERD several years ago, and asthma a couple of months ago...plus i've had some choking problems lately...stuff going into my lungs and such...so my problem may actually be more than just asthma...

as far as heart and pulmonary function tests...nope neither one...but i'm feeling rather overwhelmed with myself lately, b/c, as you can see, my heartburn is starting to recur, i'm having some swallowing problems, i'm having trouble with asthma and sinuses, and my back is being a pain in the neck, and butt, and everywhere inbetween...none of this was caused by stress, i'm sure...i life has been a haven these past couple months cause of the end of school and graduation...i'm in heaven! it just makes me feel bad when i have to keep taking my parents money to pay for appts, drugs, tests, and other medical related crap. i hope someone has a suggestion for this!

i think kellie was right about the chronic hyperventilation thing, which is why the albuterol doesn't work for shortness of breath, but only for the phlegm...but the advair does help, just not quite the whole way, which is why my doc upped it...

i can't help but think that i'm headed for a specialist for this, but i also have that feeling about my back probs and sinus probs...is there a doctor that can manage asthma probs and sinus probs too??? what is their title??? lemme me know if you know of anything that might help me!! thanks!!

rach




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Thought This Might Be of Use...Since Alot of Others Have It:

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!
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Thought This Might Be of Use...Since Alot of Others Have It:
Updated on 6/18/02

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
Spring 2000: diagnosed with TMJ...have lower splint
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!- GI put me on 40mg Pepcid Rx in the morning and at bedtime...Seems to be holding over till August...
July: chest x-ray came back, found mild thoracic scoliosis, and small "heart shadowing", EKG results are coming...

 
Old 06-17-2003, 08:00 PM   #6
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I can't help but think that the first thing on your list of priorities should be to work out your swallowing difficulties first, before you end up with something worse than little microaspirations. Bacteria lives in your gut that, when aspirated, can cause a pretty gross pneumonia in people with swallowing problems.

You should be seeing an ENT (ears nose and throat) about your sinus problems and your swallowing problems, and a pulmonologist would have a limited knowledge of the sinuses.

You might find that once your swallowing problems are under control and your GERD is under control, your asthma/sinustitis withers away to the point where you don't have to medicate it within an inch of your life. Hence why I suggest the throat specialist first.

 
Old 06-18-2003, 08:35 PM   #7
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thanks for the info wrin...i'm just so confused right now...i mean, i worked with a highly qualified GI specialist (i travel 45 minutes just to see him) and for my reflux that occurs even WITH the 80mg nexium, he prescribed today pepcid 40mg, which i'm supposed to take before bed, and if it doesn't clear up by europe, then to contact them 5 or 6 days before i leave so they can start to take some action...

the thing i'm most confused is that, yes, the swallowing problem thing is technically and ENT thing, but should i mention it to my GI first...b/c i'm thinking its probably GERD-induced, and besides that i'm going to europe in about two weeks, so i don't really have time to mess with it now...although there will be a physician on tour, who called me at home to check up on my health status...so i know i won't be all alone without help...

do you think i'll be alright until after europe...i mean, i'm not a hypochondriac or a chronic worrier, but i just read that "unexplained death" post, and it scared the crap outta me!!!

so i guess i'm just asking for you opinion on two things...#1-should i consult my GI about teh swallowing and ask him to refer me, or should i go through my GP? and #2 do you think i can hold off on this problem until i get back from europe?? thanks for the replies!!

rach
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Thought This Might Be of Use...Since Alot of Others Have It:
Updated on 6/18/02

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
Spring 2000: diagnosed with TMJ...have lower splint
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!- GI put me on 40mg Pepcid Rx in the morning and at bedtime...Seems to be holding over till August...
July: chest x-ray came back, found mild thoracic scoliosis, and small "heart shadowing", EKG results are coming...

 
Old 06-21-2003, 02:09 PM   #8
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1. You should go through your GI doc for the referral but inform your GP and your pulm to keep the lines of communication open. Your GI doc might not even think you need a referral for the swallowing, and your pulm might not think you need a referral for the sinuses. This is a suggestion.

2. It is up to your doctors if they think you're okay to go on a plane to europe. (Keep in mind blocked sinuses can be a world of hell on your ears in a plane, pressurized cabin or no.) It is also up to you if you feel comfortable enough. But take a few extra precautions; what would you need for a hospital stay in europe? What kind of insurance coverage do you have overseas? How expensive is traveller's insurance? Make sure you keep a list of meds and allergies, conditions, abridged medical history, emergency contacts (including your docs' info,) on you, because this is all information that a hospital will want when you are to be admitted, information you might not be able to provide. (It's hard to talk when you're breathing very hard.)

Ask a proffessional, these are my suggestions.

 
Old 06-22-2003, 03:50 PM   #9
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this is especially to kellie, but responses are welcomed from ANYBODY!!

i was reading up about chronic hyperventialation syndrome, and it sounded JUST LIKE ME...

however, the only thing that bothered me about the sites i looked at, is, in addition to breathing exercises, the only "drugs" that were supposed to treated in were antidepressants/anti-anxiety...but i don't have any problems with EITHER of those two problems, nor do i have any other mental health problems...

is it possible that i could have HVS induced by several years of untreated asthma?? cause one of the websites made it sounds like HVS was a RESULT of mental disorders involving fear and anxiety, and i know thats not the problem...

any ideas or comments?
thanks!
rach

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Thought This Might Be of Use...Since Alot of Others Have It:
Updated on 6/18/02

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
Spring 2000: diagnosed with TMJ...have lower splint
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!- GI put me on 40mg Pepcid Rx at bedtime...Let's see if it works!
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Thought This Might Be of Use...Since Alot of Others Have It:
Updated on 6/18/02

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
Spring 2000: diagnosed with TMJ...have lower splint
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!- GI put me on 40mg Pepcid Rx in the morning and at bedtime...Seems to be holding over till August...
July: chest x-ray came back, found mild thoracic scoliosis, and small "heart shadowing", EKG results are coming...

 
Old 06-27-2003, 06:55 AM   #10
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hey! just thought i'd give a quick update...i talked to some people on the heart disorders forum, and they were like, whoa you need to make sure this is nothing with your heart

i looked up both congestive heart failure and chronic hyperventillation syndrome on the internet and i fit both problems almost to a "T"

i told my doc i'd been talking to some people with asthma, and that they suggested getting tested for heart problems...and i told him that since this all started when i was sick and underweight, that could have easily caused heart damamge...he seemed genuinely interested, like he was actually seriously listening to what i said!!

he ordered a chest x-ray to see if my heart is enlarged and also to see if there is anything funky going on in my lungs....he ordered and ECHO and a PFT--just to see if my meds are doing anything...so i was very happy with him and the whole visit

lastly, i wanted to let you all know...i'm LEAVING FOR EUROPE ON THE JULY 4...so i will not be responding from JULY 4-28...if anyone has any suggestions, type them anyway...but i just wont be able to read them until i get back...thanks for the help!

rach
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Thought This Might Be of Use...Since Alot of Others Have It:
Updated on 6/18/02

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
Spring 2000: diagnosed with TMJ...have lower splint
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!- GI put me on 40mg Pepcid Rx in the morning and at bedtime...Seems to be holding over till August...
July: chest x-ray came back, found mild thoracic scoliosis, and small "heart shadowing", EKG results are coming...

 
Old 06-27-2003, 09:02 PM   #11
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Have a safe trip, don't talk to strangers , and come back safe and sound and with lots of stories to share....

 
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Sounds like a great idea.

CHF will show up on a chest x-ray too, since the 'congestive' part refers to fluid leaking from your blood vessels into your lungs. It can show up making your lungs look whiter on an x-ray than they should be.

 
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thanks for the encouragement...i'll try to have a safe trip, and i'll definately have fun!!! my x-ray results will be back on monday, and my pft is on monday, the echo on tuesday...my doc is telling the people doing the tests that i'm going away, so they're gonna try to get the results of those tests back before i leave for europe, b/c i will be in PA until the ninth...

question...when i go to this test, am i allowed to request a copy of the results just for my own reference?? will they have something that prints out right away, or is it something they'd have to send me in the mail??? hope i get some answers to this Q before monday!! please reply!!

rach
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Thought This Might Be of Use...Since Alot of Others Have It:
Updated on 6/18/02

August 1999: diagnosed with GERD and IBS...put on zantac, then aciphex
Spring 2000: diagnosed with TMJ...have lower splint
September 2000: hospitalized for failure to thrive due to malnutrition and dehydration; fed with ng tube for 3 months, put on prilosec
2001-02: developed chronic sinusitis/rhinitis from NG tube, put on nasonex and allegra
January 2002: switched GI's, diagnosed with hiatal hernia, switched to nexium, added peppermint oil, put on bentyl PRN for pain, zoloft for nausa
March 2003: IBS getting worse, switched PRN bentyl to BID levbid ER
May 2003: diagnosed with asthma from GERD, put on advair and singulair, albuterol PRN
May 2003: back pain and limited mobility, caused by 2002 car accident and dance injury, unidentified
April-June 2003: minor ear irritation and hearing problems, and extra sinus swelling, unidentified
May-June 2003: heartburn recurring even with meds!- GI put me on 40mg Pepcid Rx in the morning and at bedtime...Seems to be holding over till August...
July: chest x-ray came back, found mild thoracic scoliosis, and small "heart shadowing", EKG results are coming...

 
Old 06-29-2003, 06:07 PM   #14
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Yes you're allowed to request a copy of the results -- medical records and information is technically your own property -- but from what I've heard from some people, some places will refuse.

 
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First, my allergist tested me for a reflux problem. No problem there. Tested positive to dust mites, ragweed. After 2 sinus surgeries, 4 years of shots, and about 7 years working with an allerigst, oh, I'm also on Advair, Rhinocort, still, I still have shortness of breath, mucus , and clearing my throat constantly. She retested me a year ago and this time I showed no reaction to anything! Still with the same problems. Here's my point. I went to an Internist. I researched and found a good one. After reading my medical history and asking me a lot of questions pertaining to my asthma, sinusitis, shortness of breath, and some aching in my joints that has now started, she decided to do some blood tests. A lot of blood test. Everything she tested for was negative, EXCEPT a Pulmonary Chlamydia Bacteria. You need to know there are 3 kinds of chlamydia bacteria. This is NOT the one that has to do with sexual disease, it is pulmonary. I tested positive. It can cause so many problems in your autoimmune system. She thinks it could be causing my asthma problems. I'm not saying this is every person who has asthma problem, but you should read up on it. I am on antibiotics right now and have to go back to be retested. It may take a while, but it may help my asthma problem. Thought some on you might be interested. I had never heard of it. Right now I could cry, because I feel like I might actually get some help here!

 
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