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Old 08-02-2005, 07:26 PM   #1
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Disability?

I work outside year round it has become harder and harder for me to work I am 37yrs old and my lung test at the doc have been at best 37% after being on prednisone 20mg for 2 weeks, singular and albuterol and having a nebulizer treatment done right before the tests the lowest I ever had was 31% so as you can see I am usually around the 35% mark, my albuterol last me about 7 days at best. I try to stay way from the prednisone because of all the problems from it, my doc told me I will never get any better. so my question is do you think I qualify for disability?

 
Old 08-03-2005, 01:21 PM   #2
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Re: Disability?

Only a doctor can answer that question namz. People who live in the States and have asthma are covered under the Americans with Disability Act of 1991. It's mainly set up to make sure people with chronic health problems are not discrimanted against in their jobs......etc. Hope you feel better.

 
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:01 PM   #3
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Re: Disability?

Do you have asthma or some other lung problem? I don't know why the dr would tell you that things will never get any better. Have you ever had the test when you were feeling good? Are you only taking singulair & albuterol regularly, no other meds? No inhaled steroid? Singulair only works for about 1/2 of us, and if you are going thru an albuterol inhaler a week, your asthma (if that's what you have) is obviously not optimally controlled. Are you seeing a specialist? If asthma is your only problem & your dr is telling you at 37 that you will never get better & only has you on singulair & albuterol, I would think it would be time to find another dr. Most people with asthma can gain control to the point that most of the time they can live a normal life without giving up work & activities they like. Good luck, I hope you are feeling better soon!

 
Old 08-03-2005, 07:49 PM   #4
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Hi - I agree with Sue430 - if the doctor tells you you will never get better at the age of only 37 it's time to find another doctor - there are just too many medications/alternative medicines out there to accept you will never get better. I bought the book "Reversing Asthma" and it has helped me a great deal - you might want to consider giving it a read - best of luck!

 
Old 08-03-2005, 07:52 PM   #5
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Re: Disability?

I have asthma and what he calls permently remodeled airways I have tried many different meds but nothing works as well as prednisone the albutorl is just to get me by when I need to do something that requires "work" i am just trying to figure out what i options i have, btw i am covered under the family med leave act at work but its not paying me for the days i am off because of this. and i do wake up everynight in need of a few puffs. Also this is a pulmunary Dr

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Old 08-04-2005, 04:46 AM   #6
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Re: Disability?

According to everything I have read, there is much doubt in the medical community about whether airway remodeling even exists. I seriously would not accept the drs pronouncement without another opinion. Please do some research, find the best pulmo you can & try again. You might want to visit the National Jewish website, they are a hospital which is considered one of the best for lung problems. Maybe you could get an evaluation there. I don't know how long it's been since you have tried other meds, but there are tons of new treatments available.

 
Old 08-04-2005, 08:37 AM   #7
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Namz have u been tested for sleep agnea? I agree with the two other post find another doctor.

 
Old 08-04-2005, 04:43 PM   #8
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Re: Disability?

Hi Namz, let me say sorry to hear about the poor spiro values. I know how much crappy lung function sucks. I'm assuming that you've been tested for ABPA? and also have tried xolair? But there are also other farther not as researched methods to attempt to improve quality of life and decrease steroid dose, IE high dose IVIG, and methotrexate, scary I know, but it's always an option. I know the research is sketchy, but ya know it's worth trying. These ideas are just coming from another severe asthmatic that knows the treatment options and such and also the fact that standard treatments don't always work.

 
Old 08-04-2005, 05:19 PM   #9
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Thanks for everyones help, I go back to my pulmanry Dr. at the end of the month i will let everyone know just what he says and i will post all the test results.. Thanks again

 
Old 09-01-2005, 07:00 PM   #10
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ok well got back from the dr. today i am still on advir,albutrol,foradil,uniphyl, and the nebulizer and he is putting me back on a weeks worth of prednesoine also my spro test was a best ever of 41%.. we also talked about disability and he this it is a good idea for me so with all this said what i am to do

 
Old 09-06-2005, 12:50 PM   #11
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Re: Disability?

I am on pred long term and I am only 24, a continuous lower dose is better for me as I am under teh 7.5 mg which is the cut off point for the more serious side effects. Without it I yoyo between 40mg and nothing, but more time on than off it. There are loads of other treatments u can try before you give up work. I have severe type 2 brittle asthma and have just returned to work after 2 years off due to my ill health. I am now on a s/c pump which helps no end and has given me my life back. If they can fix me, they should eb able to do something for you!
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