Hey yeah that is tough, I only have been admitted under my respirologist once when I was transferred because I stopped breathing, she is also an intensive care doctor so was able to care for me the three days, other wise I am admitted under my pirmary care doctor or who ever is working when I end up in emergency, but most are good at following the care plan. I am sorry he is not more understanding and willing to work together with you allergist could you find one that would work better with your allergist? BreView Thread
Asthma is definately a disease, however there are many disease that do act like asthma. Many specialists rule out other disease before they do confirm a diagnosis of asthma. Did the pulmonary doctor do any testing? Did you have lung tests done? How did you present with a bronchial asthma attack? Are you on any medications for asthma? I have never usually heard of a pulmonary doctor saying it isn't asthma after 1 visit especially with no testing. Have you been on a reliever medication and has that helped your breathing? It seems weird that he would say that, are you following up with him are any chance you can see another doctor, did he see you in the hospital? BreView Thread
I understand your concern. I can't always get into see my respirologist as it is a 3 hour drive one way especially when I am flared. However she wrote what I call a standing order or directions to my primary care doctor and the hospital I often end up with my asthma and most times the doctors follow her directions, or will call her for direction if they feel that the need further options. Is there anyway your allergist will do that for you? I also carry a copy of her orders incase I land up in a different emergency as I don't wheeze either just get tight until I stop breathing. I have found my primary care physician pretty good at maintaining my asthma with guidelines from my specialist. However if I am finding I have flare up after flare up I will phone and see if I can get into see my specialist sooner then the next appointment I have. I hope this helps BreView Thread
Hi Kim 2123
I understand your frustration, I only had mild asthma for a few years and then 3 years ago turned uncontrollable no idea y, nothing had really changed in my life, maybe increased stress, I am now ony third specialist who is a respirologist who deals with hard to control asthma,she also has no idea why she states sometimes it happens, I switched jobs moved into a different house with no changes, we have played with my asthma medications, do peak flows twice a dayandmonitor triggers. I have on non allergic asthma, my ige levels never rise I. React to scents smokes, weather emotions, smoke the harder to control ones.
Do you know what your triggers are, have they changed your medication at all, I do also react to Advil or any non steroidal anti inflammatory medications.
Can u get to see a different specialist, have they tried to see if it is a different disease that acts like asthma?
I still end up in emergency once every four to six weeks, hope u get some answers
Hey I understand your frustrations, I have silent asthma, I never wheeze never have my chest will get tight and I am very symptomatic but when the dr listens it clear or tight.
When I go in with my asthma troubles or if I feel I have an infection and am honest, 10% of asthmatics don't wheeze, however a lot of drs don't believe that. I do see a respirologist and it is confirmed asthma, I try and deal with one dr or at the same clinic as my chart has all the information from my specialist on file.
I find being honest about the symptoms and also warn them about the chest sounds, let them know it isn't uncommon for there not to be wheezes may help.
I know one time I was having a really hard time breathing the chest X-ray was normal, my chest sounds were tight not getting great air entry so they did a ct scan which showed three spots of pneumonia.
Hope it goes well and they listen
Hey sorry took awhile to reply how is he doing now, I wonder if there is maybe something at work that triggers it if he gets better being away from work, hopefully the physicians assistant will give u some answers
Sorry I accidentally hit the reply button, (been taking too much ventolin hard to think straight) it's hard to saybut I would say it could take up to maybe 48hours to a week to get it all out of his blood stream, how long has he been off it, did they give him a rescue inhaler like ventolin to use if his shortness of breath returns, if he does have asthma the symptoms will be back unfortunately as it is a chronic disease
I hope this has helped somewhat please let me know if you have anymore questions
Hi sorry to hear about your husband symptoms, some asthmatics do have normal pft, did they say when he went in what his oxygen levels were or what his chest sounded like, how did they treat it. Does he have increase stress or any troubles with anxiety
Symbicort is a combination medication used as a maintenance inhaler, in Canada it can also be used as a rescue inhaler. It has two nedications in it a bronchodilator and and anti inflammatory medication, the bronchodilator will be medication that works promptly and usually u do notice effects right away ( I use it also as a rescue inhaler if ny ventolin isn't helping and i notice relief in about 5 min) the anti inflammatory part of the medication can take up to about two weeks to build in ur body to take down most of the inflammation in the lungs
I tried to see if i can find any information on going off of it, the only thing will it will take a bit for some of the inflammation to build back up especially if he stays away from things that trigger his asthmaView Thread