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Old 10-04-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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Question Chronic asthma - clear x-rays ?

I have to ask this question - can certain forms of asthma be psychosomatic or stress related?

Is there anyone else here who has chronic asthma symptoms, who uses heavy medication on a daily basis and yet has had totally clear chest and lung x-rays?

If not stress related, and not showing up on chest x-rays, then what possible alternate cause could there be?

Please advise as i am totally befuddled!

 
Old 10-04-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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Re: Chronic asthma - clear x-rays ?

Asthma doesn't usually show up on x-rays so what your describing sounds very normal for someone with asthma.

Pulmonologists typically take an x-ray of asthma patients every couple of years to rule out any potential complications but asthma doesn't show up on x-rays (they're not sensitive enough to show inflammation in the airways).

The diagnostic test for confirming asthma is usually a pulmonary function test and, in some cases, a methacholine challenge, but x-rays really aren't helpful in diagnosing asthma.

 
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Re: Chronic asthma - clear x-rays ?

Excellent response. People with asthma don't always have fluid in/on the lungs so an x ray would be of no use.

 
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Re: Chronic asthma - clear x-rays ?

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Excellent response. People with asthma don't always have fluid in/on the lungs so an x ray would be of no use.
I am in the same boat, and the posting on x-ray's is a given and no help. The question is that everything points to asthma, but drugs and testing are not helping. I have the same problem. 3 doctors, several tests, probably every asthma drug out there, and I am 24/7 with labored breathing/wheezing/coughing. With this as a baseline, doesn't take much for an attack.

-JS

 
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Re: Chronic asthma - clear x-rays ?

Devour:

Have they considered LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) or acid reflux as the cause of your asthma symptoms. LPR can cause asthma flare ups, and even asthma-like symptoms in people who don't have asthma, by irritating the lining of the bronchi and esophagus. It often doesn't respond to typical asthma treatment and some people with LPR have no typical symptoms of acid reflux (i.e. heartburn, etc.).

For people who struggle with acid-reflux induced asthma, getting the reflux under control can cause their symptoms to clear up dramatically.

 
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Re: Chronic asthma - clear x-rays ?

Hi GC,

Never heard of LPR, so will certainly look it up, although i dont think this applies in my case. My "asthma" does respond to asthma drugs - only problem is, i take so many asthma drugs in any given day, just to keep my asthma under semi-control, that i'm a walking zombie half the time!

Why i asked if it could be stress related or an autoimmune reaction is that it started straight after the birth of my now 3 year old. At exactly the same time, i developed what i now know to be dermographism - both sets of symptoms have become progressively worse over the 3 year period. I am an older mom and was 38 when i had my child, so it's also quite possible that i started peri-menopause as well (as sometimes happens with women who have children past 35). The past 3 years have been quite stressful to say the least, and i never had any allergies or similar symptoms before this.

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Re: Chronic asthma - clear x-rays ?

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Hi GC,

Never heard of LPR, so will certainly look it up, although i dont think this applies in my case. My "asthma" does respond to asthma drugs - only problem is, i take so many asthma drugs in any given day, just to keep my asthma under semi-control, that i'm a walking zombie half the time!

Why i asked if it could be stress related or an autoimmune reaction is that it started straight after the birth of my now 3 year old. At exactly the same time, i developed what i now know to be dermographism - both sets of symptoms have become progressively worse over the 3 year period. I am an older mom and was 38 when i had my child, so it's also quite possible that i started peri-menopause as well (as sometimes happens with women who have children past 35). The past 3 years have been quite stressful to say the least, and i never had any allergies or similar symptoms before this.
Hi,

I've had dermographism for more than 5 years now but I have learnt to control it and yes it is very much related to stress. Can you let me know what have you been prescribed for dermographism.

Rob

 
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