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Old 03-01-2012, 07:50 AM   #1
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Asthma or no? What else can I do?

For the past couple weeks I have been noticing that I get windy very easily, and I occasionally feel like I need to gasp for air (as if my normal breathing just isn't giving me enough oxygen). I went to the doctor last week to discuss this and to have repeat chest x-rays (I had pneumonia 6 weeks ago). My pneumonia is gone, and there is no wheezing. The doctor said that my lung function was bad (all I did was blow into this plastic thing that makes the red triangle shoot up, idk what this is called), and that my asthma is making it worse. She also said that I have bronchitis. The problem is, I have no chest congestion, barely any coughing, and I was never diagnosed with asthma prior to this visit. She gave me Ventolin this time, which makes me feel very weak and dizzy. I often feel worse when I take it, and I don't notice any real improvement in my lung capacity. Can anyone make any other suggestions? Are there any other tests that I should be getting done? And could my heart murmur be related to this at all? Thank you in advance!

Ps. I'm in my late 20s and I quit smoking 3 months ago

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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Re: Asthma or no? What else can I do?

The thing you blew into is called a peak flow meter. The ventolin you are using is what asthmatics call a rescue inhaler and is to be used for asthma attacks and for premedicating before cardio (asthmatics usually need to do this). It will NOT help with any long term inflammation. You would need an inhaled steroid for that.

All that being said, if you have bronchitis, that could be impacting things. Also, keep in mind that some forms of pneumonia can leave you with asthma. That's what happened to me. And chest xrays typically do not show asthma. It is totally dx'ed by various forms of the breathing test you did with the peak flow meter.

I would leave off the ventolin unless you are having an immediate issue of not being able to breathe. And then schedule an appointment with a pulmonologist for a full work up.

Old 03-02-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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Re: Asthma or no? What else can I do?

I too had pneumonia (last summer) and then immediately after was diagnosed as having asthma based on the PFT. I have been taking the long term inhaled steroids (Dulera). I never have any attacks and am working to increase my stamina. I am seeing my pulmolnologist on a regular basis. I am having a PFT test again this month to see how I am doing.
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