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Old 02-15-2012, 09:48 AM   #1
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Methacholine challenge test today.

Ever since I was little I was told I had asthma, even as recently as last year. My doctors never said they heard wheezing, but I always felt my chest tighten at certain times. I've used my inhailer less and less over the years, last year I used it one time.

Thanks to this awesome board I realized I should be on some daily preventative. I also hadnt been seeing a pulmonologist regularly. The one I saw ordered the dreaded challenge test. I had it this morning. My breathing didnt change the entire time, the guy administering it did the full 5 doses of the medication, with only a 2% change total (I guess they look for 20%). So I dont have asthma?

My question is this. I know people "grow out" of asthma, but to me that always meant it lessened in severity. Is it possible that I never had asthma to begin with?

I'm so confused. I'm 24 years old, and my entire life I've been diligent in making sure my Drs knew I had asthma, and I always had my inhailer with me. What do I do now? Is this test always 100% right? He showed me my results and explained them in detail, my lungs were at 120% of what they should be even at the end before he gave me the albuterol (i guess they do that to everyone at the end). I' extremely happy but just utterly confused.

 
Old 02-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #2
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Re: Methacholine challenge test today.

Children do outgrow asthma. Adults do not. So it's entirely possible that you outgrew it and then just thought whatever tightness you had was related to asthma. I wouldn't question the challenge results as they seem pretty conclusive. Since they don't usually test adults who have childhood asthma, that's why they never realized you didn't have it.

 
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Re: Methacholine challenge test today.

Congratulations! I'm jealous!

 
Old 02-15-2012, 12:52 PM   #4
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Re: Methacholine challenge test today.

Thank you Tichou.

I'm sorry meezerwheezer . I just can't believe today was real. I guess its a good thing us patients look into our illnesses, I'm regretting not looking into mine sooner, and if it wasnt for this board I'd still be taking my inhailer everytime my chest felt tight.

 
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