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Old 11-23-2004, 10:37 PM   #1
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Is it REALLY asthma?

Hi - my step daughter's bio mom has said she has asthma for the last 5 years, however when she is at our home or out with us she has never had an asthma attack of any kind. She does have allergies, as do I and I recognize these symptoms when they occour. The reason my husband and I wonder if she even has it is because her bio mom tends to create problems where they do not exist. She even at one time admitted to faking an illness which had her own mother rushing her to the emergency room and doctors for a whole year when she was a teenager!
My step daughter is off and on asthma medication and has an inhaler which she has never had to use in our home, yet she sees an asthma specialist that keeps perscribing her these medications. I half believe that any doctor will perscribe you about anything that is non narcotic. I have type 1 diabetes and my daughter does as well, my son has allergies and migraines and my daughter also has CP so I know that these doctors will hand out medications and perscriptions like candy - at least where we live!
I just do not want to miss any real symptoms if she were ever to actually have an attack but in 5 years nothing has ever happened in our presence!
I have heard that asthma attacks can be brought on by stress, mold, mildew, etc. Maybe there is something in her mother's home bringing these attacks on? Any info would be helpful THANKS!

 
Old 11-24-2004, 07:05 PM   #2
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Re: Is it REALLY asthma?

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Hi - my step daughter's bio mom has said she has asthma for the last 5 years, however when she is at our home or out with us she has never had an asthma attack of any kind. She does have allergies, as do I and I recognize these symptoms when they occour. The reason my husband and I wonder if she even has it is because her bio mom tends to create problems where they do not exist. She even at one time admitted to faking an illness which had her own mother rushing her to the emergency room and doctors for a whole year when she was a teenager!
My step daughter is off and on asthma medication and has an inhaler which she has never had to use in our home, yet she sees an asthma specialist that keeps perscribing her these medications. I half believe that any doctor will perscribe you about anything that is non narcotic. I have type 1 diabetes and my daughter does as well, my son has allergies and migraines and my daughter also has CP so I know that these doctors will hand out medications and perscriptions like candy - at least where we live!
I just do not want to miss any real symptoms if she were ever to actually have an attack but in 5 years nothing has ever happened in our presence!
I have heard that asthma attacks can be brought on by stress, mold, mildew, etc. Maybe there is something in her mother's home bringing these attacks on? Any info would be helpful THANKS!
If her asthma is allergy-related, it could indeed be something within her mother's home causing it. Dust, dust mites, pets, and mold would all be common allergens that could cause it. Dust mites are especially tricky -- one could have a spotless house that could still be ridden with tons of dust mites, and on the other hand, one could have an extremely dirty house with low levels of dust mite allergen. I myself noticed a difference in my breathing when I went to my grandfather's house in Florida over vacation.

Usually when asthma is thought to be feigned, a doctor can catch on pretty quickly. Their symptoms won't be typical of an asthmatic.
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Old 11-25-2004, 04:08 AM   #3
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Re: Is it REALLY asthma?

It may be that your step-daughter has intermittent asthma. Asthma is now classified as either intermittent or persistent (they don't use the word "chronic" any more) and either of these types can be mild, moderate or severe. It is likely that your step-daughter has presented real symptoms in the doctor's office with sufficient frequency to continue to have the meds prescribed for her. Twice a year would be enough for most doctors to do this, for fear her asthma could worsen at any time.

It is possible that something in her mother's environment could be the cause, or even something in school or church or some other environment where she spends time when she is in her mother's care. (Maternal grandparents house, even).

Stress can bring on an asthma attack or worsen one, but normally only in people who are already predisposed to asthma. It can't really cause asthma.

 
Old 12-01-2004, 11:32 AM   #4
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my step daughter's bio mom has said she has asthma for the last 5 years, however when she is at our home or out with us she has never had an asthma attack of any kind.
I've had Asthma since I was born but I haven't had an actual Asthma attack in about 3 years. That doesn't mean I don't have Asthma anymore though. The reason I haven't had an attack is because I am being treated with maintenance medications. I would guess that all the meds your step-daughter is taking are keeping her from having attacks. That's what they are meant to do. You should be happy her Asthma is being controlled.

 
Old 12-02-2004, 06:05 PM   #5
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Asthma specialists are doctors, usually respirologists who take their jobs very seriously. They will not 'just prescribe anything non-narcotic', especially since that would constitute malpractice if provable.

Almost all asthma when properly controlled exhibits little to no symptoms. To look at me, I ski with the Ski Patrol, I run on the treadmill, I'm hardly ever sick, have very few environmental allergies, and only rarely have an attack. Other than a near-constant throat clearing or productive cough, nobody would ever guess I have asthma.

The assessment that her asthma may be worse in her mother's house could be true, since a lot of it is environmentally triggered. I was fine until last weekend when I thought it would be a good idea to run around and play football in the dry dusty grass infused with snow mould, and I've been feeling it all week. However, I think that without knowing for sure what her symptoms are like in her mother's house, it's difficult if not impossible to say that that's the case.

Asthma however, is a chronic condition, with constant underlying symptoms, much like your diabetes. Occasionally things can get out of control, and an attack happens. This would be analagous to diabetic ketoacidosis. Does that mean everybody can 'see' that you have diabetes all the time? No. Does that mean you exist in a constant state of abnormal sugar balance? Hardly, you keep it under control with your medications and diet. Right? It's much the same with asthma.

I have personally had some disappointing experiences with people belittling diagnoses of asthma. For example, a few healthcare providers in my province were named in a lawsuit recently after discharging an asthmatic woman from the hospital when she was in respiratory distress. (What the ER doc did was inappropriate, but let's not discuss that.) Rather, I'd like to point out that her husband was rather adamant that she did not have 'asthma', merely 'anxiety', and can we get some Ativan and leave? Nevermind that her oxygen saturations were in the toilet, and the doctors admitted her to the hospital, doctors are idiots and they prescribe drugs like candy, it's just stress, can we go home?

Well, her husband convinced the ER doc to send her home where she collapsed, had a cardiac arrest, was later resuscitated and now has brain damage.

My mother used to tell me that I didn't have asthma.

I had to go to the doctor's myself at the ripe old age of twelve and demand a pulmonary function test, and then rub my mother's nose in the fact that I had a documentable pulmonary disease before she believed me.

Just examples, is all.

Things are very frequently not what they seem.

 
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