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Old 12-23-2004, 04:39 PM   #1
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Diagnosed with Asthma.. was it correct?

Hello Everyone, I am just wondering if I have been correctly diagnosed with Asthma.. I went to my G.P. doctor last week as I had been suffering from an almost continuous cough and a weird sort or airy tickly feeling in my throat that caought my breath and also made me cough. My mother and uncle both have asthma and I myself have mild hayfever but I did not think my symptoms matched at all of that of my mothers. When I went to the doctors she only asked me questions for 5-20mins then made me blow in a Peak flow tube.. I got 400 (is this average for a 19 year old female?) She then gave me a blue rescue inhalor and a brown steriod one.. i have to take the steriod 4 times a day! The inhalors do help slightly but was this diagnosis not a llittle rushed? I have read through some posts here and alot of people have had many tests done by specialists whilst i was only in the G.Ps office for 20mins! So in your opinion is this a fair diagnosis and is 400 an average peak flow for a 19 year old female? Thanks for your time, Caragh.
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Old 12-24-2004, 04:47 PM   #2
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Re: Diagnosed with Asthma.. was it correct?

Hello
I'm not sure if I would feel to confident in that dx by the doc. Have you thought about trying for another opinion? Do you feel better after being on the meds?
As far a peak flows,,,they go by height and age I believe. Charts say I should blow about 420,,,I can never get about 350 or so.
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Old 12-24-2004, 09:20 PM   #3
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Re: Diagnosed with Asthma.. was it correct?

I think they go by sex, age, and height. I'm 18, F, 6 feet, and my goal is 460- but I have never been that high before. I would want a second opinion too. It took them awhile to decide to diagnose me, even though my PFs were low. They tried various things first to see if it cleared up, like antibiotics. I also had a chest x-ray, and several PF readings.

 
Old 12-26-2004, 01:51 AM   #4
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Re: Diagnosed with Asthma.. was it correct?

i have had asmtha for a long time and u know what i would def. get a second op. u may not need to use that as much as what ur doc is telling u to u may only need to use like when u get hay fever unless u have alllergies all the time give me a little more explantion on ur sickness and i might be able to help u a lil before u go forking out money for another opi.

 
Old 12-27-2004, 03:41 AM   #5
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Re: Diagnosed with Asthma.. was it correct?

thank you miamore, I will try and explain more about my condition, though I am not too sure about it myself!
I have suffered from hayfever since I was a teenager, but my symptoms for that were never asthma-related symptoms.. I would sneeze and get small amounts of phlem (sp) and a runny nose. This hayfever comes and goes but is normally seasonal, ie every summer. Im from Britian so I suppose it would be more aggravated in the U.S? Then about 5 weeks ago I began experiancing a shortness of breath, mainly outside in the cold air and especially when I came inside after being out. I never cough or wheeze.. just have very bad outbursts of this symptom... I am a 5.6 female age 19.. peak flow 400-450. If you have any specific questions, please ask!
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Old 12-28-2004, 04:11 PM   #6
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Re: Diagnosed with Asthma.. was it correct?

When I am completely well, my peak flows range from 490 to 550. I can't get allergy shots with peak flows any less. When I have gone to the emergency room in the past, my peak flows have been in the 100 to 200 range. I am 29, 5'6", and not real slim.

 
Old 12-28-2004, 04:32 PM   #7
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well honey it does sound like asmtha is what u have... i know it is something weird to u, because u have constanly had allergies and then all of sudden get this , use ur inhaler as ur doctor prescribes also i ran in to a lot of difficulties understand the using it thing. i would only use it when i needed it but they say use some many times a day per so many puffs so that it help not to have an asmtha attack so do this, it will help and also take it when u need to , like coming in from cold air so forthe. but if any way u feel like u need to get a second opi. got right ahead. it may make u feel better. and explain to the next doc, why u r getting a second opi. u know. hope all is well with u ill be looking for ur post..... take care

 
Old 12-29-2004, 06:45 PM   #8
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where u go been looking for u to see how ur doing and what u found out......... let u know how all is going

 
Old 01-07-2005, 06:49 PM   #9
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Re: Diagnosed with Asthma.. was it correct?

You may or may not have "athsma". The formal medical definition I was given is you blow into the tube the best you can. Take the inhaler. Blow into the tube. If you were restricted 20 percent or more, you have athsma...

 
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