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12/23/09 7:14 P

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Thanks for the info. I hope mine will go up with time. They have crept up a little since I started keeping track of it a couple weeks ago.

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12/22/09 11:14 P

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Don't panic. Peak flows can be down for a while. Just because you feel better doesn't mean the inflammation is gone. That is why the controller medicine is so helpful. When I first got on advair it took a while before my peak flows were normal. I think it was several months. I am on symbicort now. Sometimes you may just need a higher dose for a while and then you can go back down. Your doctor is always your best advisor, see what he tells you. Try not to worry about it as stress cause it to be worse. Hard to do I know. Best wishes!

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12/20/09 4:14 P

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A normal peak flow reading depends on a person's age and sex. Right now, my personal best is about 80% of a normal person my age and sex.

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12/20/09 2:52 P

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Sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble with your asthma. What is a normal peak flow reading?

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12/20/09 1:44 P

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I joined this team because my asthma has come back. I had it mildly in childhood then very badly in my twenties and almost died from it. Took allergy shots and it completely went away for 30 years.

It started back up again as exercised induced asthma in the cold about 7 years ago. This fall it came back at night. My doc has put me on Symbicort which has worked great. However, my peak flow readings are never anywhere close to predicted normal since I started taking them a few weeks ago. I'm wondering if my doc is going to tell me that I have COPD in addition to asthma on my next visit. I don't smoke, but the history of asthma puts me at greater risk.

I was running regularly over the summer, but essentially stopped in mid-Oct. when the weather got cold and the inhaler wasn't sufficient. I'm working on getting back into running.....but that's for another thread.

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