It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Asthma Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-07-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Holyoke,MA
Posts: 32
Daniiii HB User
Question about spirometery test

I had one done about 2 months ago. I didnt see the results but the allergist (thats whose office I had it at) said I had nothing to worry about.


I just saw a pulmonologist a week ago and he didnt do a spirometer test ( he had the results from my other doctor), and said the only way to tell if I had asthma is if I took a challenge test.


My peak flows are always good (always withing 10% of my best which is 500), I was wondering how long a spirometer test thingy is good for? Should my pulmo have done another one?

 
Old 02-07-2012, 06:22 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 9,381
Blog Entries: 32
janewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB Userjanewhite1 HB User
Re: Question about spirometery test

Unless you are having a flareup, spirometry every 6-12 months should be plenty. If your breathing gets significantly worse, it might be time for new tests.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 02-17-2012, 10:41 AM   #3
Senior Member
(female)
 
Fitness Seeker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 169
Fitness Seeker HB UserFitness Seeker HB User
Re: Question about spirometery test

What's a challenge test?

 
Old 02-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Holyoke,MA
Posts: 32
Daniiii HB User
Re: Question about spirometery test

A challenge test is a Methacholine challenge test. Its where a dr monitors your breathing, measures it on room air, then gives you certain amounts of methacholine, which will induce an asthma attack. They take measurements of your breathing after each dose, and if theres a change before a certain amount (my drs office does 5 doses, up to 18% methacholine) they say its positive for asthma and give you a breathing treatment immediately.

If you go through all the stages without change in your breathing then its considered negative for asthma, they give you a breathing treatment at the end anyways.

Miine took about an hour and a half because I ended up testing negative, and each level of methacholine takes like 5 to 10 minutes to do, so its a lengthy process but everyone says its the best way to tell if you have asthma or if its something else (in my case its anxiety, grrr).

 
Closed Thread




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Advair
Albuterol
Flovent
Prednisone
Pulmicort
  Serevent
Singulair
Ventolin
Xopenex
Zyrtec




TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



Titchou (80), MountainReader (57), janewhite1 (52), MeezerWheezer (14), ladybud (11), sue430 (10), solofelix (9), anwise67 (5), tmwccs (4), ann775 (4)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1164), MSJayhawk (999), Apollo123 (898), Titchou (833), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (758), ladybud (747), sammy64 (667), midwest1 (665), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:00 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!