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Old 01-30-2005, 05:09 PM   #1
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Autoimmunity and Asthma

I have had autoimmune problems for a long time and have now developed asthma that is proving to be difficult to get under control. I'm very new to this asthma thing as well as the message boards...never done them before. Can anyone tell me the connection, if any, between autoimmunity and asthma? I've been told what my peak airflow numbers have been at the doctors and hospital but don't really know what they mean. Most of the time they are below 325 ... some have been below 250. Is there a number cosidered normal to use as a guide? What kind of a doctor do I need to see to get this under control. I have been on all kinds of medications for the last 45 days and I am not getting better.

 
Old 01-30-2005, 05:29 PM   #2
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Re: Autoimmunity and Asthma

You may want to see an Asthma and Allergy specialist. They could also talk to you about what would be an appropriate peak flow reading for you. It depends on age, size, and such. My personal "great" range is as high as 490 to 550 (that's where I am when I am not sick and my asthma is under control.) However, just because this a good place for me to be, doesn't mean it's right for you.

 
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Old 01-31-2005, 07:46 AM   #3
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Re: Autoimmunity and Asthma

Thanks for the advice. My husband tells me the doctors said my peak air flow should be around 400 - 425 for my age and height. How do you determine from that what your own personal danger point is?

 
Old 01-31-2005, 04:10 PM   #4
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Re: Autoimmunity and Asthma

You really need to speak to a health proffesional about what is right for you. I think the general guide lines are, less than 75% of your prsonal best PF and you should go and see the Dr. If it is less than 50% or not improving with reliever inhalers than you need to go to the ER
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Re: Autoimmunity and Asthma

For me time and experience has let me know where my danger point is, my also my asthma/allergy doctors over the years have have given me key numbers to keep in mind. For instance, I know that I just do not feel well and usually very tired when my peak flows are consistantly below 440 (again, my norm is pretty high right now) or so. It is also at this point that I can consider using my nebulizer to try to improve function (my doctor's instructions). When my peak flows are in the 300s and 200s, I will have trouble laying down and sleeping because I feel like am suffocating. If I am in the 100s, I go to the emergency room if I can't get hold of the doctor. Luckily this hasn't been the case since I was about 21 or 22. (I am now 29).

What bluebanana said sounds rights. It's a better way to explain it.

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