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Old 04-19-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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Low Peak Flows

For the past four or five months, my average peak flow with no obvious atack is usualy about 200. According to the markings on the meeter, this is "yellow" zone. Thinking a little more into it, I realize that the zones were set up when I was in elementery school. According to the charts included with the meeter my peak flow should be high, 400's, nearly 500.

Is this a significant cause for concern?

 
Old 04-19-2008, 03:33 PM   #2
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Re: Low Peak Flows

That does sound kind of low - how are you feeling? How is your breathing?

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Old 04-19-2008, 03:59 PM   #3
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Re: Low Peak Flows

Vanessa,

At the end of January, I pushed myself way too far, and basicaly have been paying the price sence. I've gone from taking xoponex once or twice a week to probobly six times a daya t this point. I'm usualy waking up frequently strugeling to breath(though an anti-alergen pillow has helped this a little). So now that I think about it, I'm probobly not feeling all that well.

 
Old 04-19-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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Re: Low Peak Flows

You need to go see your doctor. I don't know if you are on a daily maintenance medication now such as Advair or Symbicort, but you may need to start on that or have your dose increased. If your plan was established that long ago, it sounds like it needs updating! You should see your doctor if you are using your rescue inhaler more than 2x a week.

Also, it is very common to find that people are not using their rescue inhaler correctly. Are you:

shaking the canister for 5 seconds
breathing out all remaining air in your lungs that you can
placing the inhaler in your mouth
start breathing in at the same time that you are pushing down the canister
keep breathing in a deep breath
hold your breath in for at least 10 seconds, or, as long as you are able.
Wait 60 seconds
Repeat for your second puff

Or, maybe your rescue inhaler has run out, or is clogged up? Do you routinely clean it and prime when needed? Can you feel the liquid in the canister slosh around to alert you that there is still medication remaining?

If you haven't seen your doctor since elementary school, you may need updating on what your triggers are, and how they can be helped, such as allergy shots, avoidance, or adding medications such as a daily antihistamine, an antileukotrine such as Singulair, or Advair/Symbicort. It would also be good to take a spirometry breathing test to determine your lung function at this point in time. Going to a specialist, an allergy/asthma/immunologist, would be your best bet to get this all done.

Good luck at the doctor's!

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Old 06-18-2008, 07:37 PM   #5
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Re: Low Peak Flows

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Originally Posted by myownmind View Post
For the past four or five months, my average peak flow with no obvious atack is usualy about 200. According to the markings on the meeter, this is "yellow" zone. Thinking a little more into it, I realize that the zones were set up when I was in elementery school. According to the charts included with the meeter my peak flow should be high, 400's, nearly 500.

Is this a significant cause for concern?
It all depends on your age and height I think. I'm a 49 yo female and can't get above 250 on my peak flow meter. Apparently my healthy range is 380. For several weeks now I've had a tight wheezy chest and a loose cough but this has been kept under control by using my reliever inhaler. Apart from that I feel fine.

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