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Old 03-16-2004, 10:00 AM   #1
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Is it possible to have hyper-reactive airways but....

Is it possible to have hyper-reactive airways, but not have asthma or bronchitis or emphysema? I went to a lung specialist a year ago because I have a hard time breathing sometimes, and my peak flow meter goes down. He took a chest x-ray, came back normal. Then did the breathing test with the machine that you breath in and out of. That is where he said I have the reactive airways. However, he did not say I have asthma or bronchitis, but did put me on an inhaler and lots of allergy medication.
My questions are:
1. Can you have reactive airways, with no disease? If so, does that mean you can eventually recover or find a cure for it?
2. Would asthma show up on a x-ray? Wouldn't these test that I took rule that out?

 
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Old 03-16-2004, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: Is it possible to have hyper-reactive airways but....

Reactive airways disease IS a disease. You can have bronchosconstriction without disease, as it is a protective reflex, but if you have hyper-reactive airways, the most likely culprit is asthma.

No, asthma will not show up on a chest x-ray. Actually, I lie -- asthma will show up on a chest x-ray if you are in the throes of a life-threatening attack and your lungs are so air-trapped and full that it can be seen on X-ray.

 
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:55 PM   #3
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Re: Is it possible to have hyper-reactive airways but....

So can asthma be cured? My sister-in-law had asthma, and she used to have an asthma attack every day for years, and then about 4 years ago, it seemed to just stop, she only needs her inhaler maybe once a year. I just wondered, because I wasn't born with this, it came after I had my son, six years ago (I'm only 33), so I wonder if I wasn't born with it, can it go away just like it came?
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Re: Is it possible to have hyper-reactive airways but....

In all honest reality, no, asthma cannot be cured.

Sometimes people grow out of it -- the most extreme example being that kids can sometimes 'grow out of' their asthma -- the theory is that with their airways increasing in diameter their attacks get less severe.

Sometimes it happens because of a chanve in life that makes your body get all wonky -- some people develop allergies, some people develop intestinal problems, developing an adult-time asthma is not unheard of.

Sometimes moving is enough to curb any triggers that make symptoms very severe -- all of a sudden being in an environment with different allergens entirely.

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Old 03-16-2004, 11:20 PM   #5
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Re: Is it possible to have hyper-reactive airways but....

Hi Chris,
I know I have hormonal problems for a few years now (other health problems caught my eye, but I never thought asthma was also caused by it, I'm glad that you pointed that out to me, it makes tons of sense) however; I can't seem to find a doctor ANYWHERE around me to help me. I've seen about 10 different Dr.'s in the last 2 years, and they all seem to roll their eyes at me, meanwhile my health just keeps getting worse.
What are some of the things your environmental Dr. has recommended for you to change your hormones around?

 
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I have found that most asthmatics are extemely low in magnesium. There is a specialist in NYC that has written a book about how to overcome asthma with vitamins, supplements, eating properly. I'm not talking about CURING ASMTHA. I know that has been a big debate. But in conjunction with medication, you can improve your health taking the the above things. Hopefully, it can reduce the need for a lot of mediation. But back to magnesium, he gives IVs of magnesium that has helped his patients a lot. Maybe it wouldn't hurt for us all to take a little more magnesium. Most multivitamins do have some in it. We can not possibly get all our vitamins in our diet. Our food is so enriched, processed, pasturized, etc.. we get about 1/5 of the nutrients in our food that our great grandparents did . Oh, well, I am a big advocate on doing these the natural way as much as possible.

 
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Re: Is it possible to have hyper-reactive airways but....

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I have found that most asthmatics are extemely low in magnesium. There is a specialist in NYC that has written a book about how to overcome asthma with vitamins, supplements, eating properly. I'm not talking about CURING ASMTHA. I know that has been a big debate. But in conjunction with medication, you can improve your health taking the the above things. Hopefully, it can reduce the need for a lot of mediation. But back to magnesium, he gives IVs of magnesium that has helped his patients a lot. Maybe it wouldn't hurt for us all to take a little more magnesium. Most multivitamins do have some in it. We can not possibly get all our vitamins in our diet. Our food is so enriched, processed, pasturized, etc.. we get about 1/5 of the nutrients in our food that our great grandparents did . Oh, well, I am a big advocate on doing these the natural way as much as possible.
IV magnesium is a well recognised way of treating severe asthma. If you are thinking of trying a magnesium supplement, make sure you do it under your doctors supervision, too much of these things can be just as dangerous (if not more) than too little.
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