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Old 01-06-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Can't schedule my asthma flare-ups

I've got asthma triggered by environmental things. Cold air is my worst trigger. Last year I ended up at the docs multiple times for the flare-ups. They would listen to my lungs and I typically ended up with Prednisone because I am already on a lot of preventative meds.

I'm trying to extablish with a new Pulmonologist. I've had Pulmonary Function Testing twice now. I have to schedule it months in advance. I had some testing today. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I was feeling fine today. My most recent flare was for a couple weeks at the beginning of December. Anyway, the doctor doing the testing told me he questions that I even had asthma because my lung function testing was over 100% of normal. How frustrating. When things are bad, I can't get in to the Pulmonologist because he is so busy so I end up going to my PCP for further treatment. They are the only ones who have heard all of the wheezing of the attacks. Now, after 3 visits with the Pulmonologist this year, they have yet to see me when I'm not doing well. I go back Thursday for a follow-up on the testing today. I anticipate that he will question how bad my asthma really is. I had a major asthma scare last January and I've worked hard this year to be proactive and not repeat that experience again. I've holed up inside alot and double layered my fleece scarfs I use so at so not trigger things. I don't want the doc to think there isn't a problem because I'm not bad at this moment. Any suggestions on how to really present my case without sounding too defensive?

 
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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Re: Can't schedule my asthma flare-ups

It is not asthma. start with the idea of allergy.there are many things that could cause what you have written. how about it is the air or chemicals that are in your city or home or what you eat.

 
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Re: Can't schedule my asthma flare-ups

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It is not asthma.
Dutch-ny, I'm not sure where you're getting your information, but I don't think your source is very reliable. By definition, asthma is the inflammation of the airways in your lungs that can be caused by a wide variety of triggers including allergies, respiratory infections, cold air, physical activity, pollution and environmental irritants, even acid reflux.

There is no single cause of asthma or set of symptoms that define it, and inflammation of the airways due to cold weather - which is what MountainReader describes - is absolutely considered asthma.

 
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Re: Can't schedule my asthma flare-ups

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the doctor doing the testing told me he questions that I even had asthma because my lung function testing was over 100% of normal.
That's a pretty frustrating response to get from the doctor, and it surprises me a little bit given what you've shared of your history. I would think that just a description of your history and symptoms would be enough to convince the doc that your diagnosis is pretty clear.

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Any suggestions on how to really present my case without sounding too defensive?
Did you get copies of your records from your flare ups last year (as I recall you even had to go to the ER at one point). Maybe sharing those records with the new pulmonologist (so your description is supported by the diagnosis and treatment of the other docs) would help him/her to understand how bad things get for you when you have a flare up.

The other thought that struck me is that, before you get too far down the road with this new doctor, you might check to see how they handle things when someone has a flare up. If you have to schedule things that far in advance they may not be much help when you're not doing as well. Hopefully it's just a new patient thing.

 
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Re: Can't schedule my asthma flare-ups

Glad to hear that the doctor took the time to talk to you, and took everything seriously. It's also great that he trusts you enough to give you all the meds you need to manage this.

 
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