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7/19/09 2:14 P

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When I was young they always had me breath in the "test" first just as I was and then they had you breath a medicine that actually provoked asthma symptoms and had you blow again. I haven't had this done since the 1980's though so maybe they have disconitnued this practice-but I also haven't seen an allergist for 18 years either-my primary care doctor has managed my asthma since then.

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1/25/09 9:26 A

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It certainly sounds like the symptoms of it but I would find me a good lung doctor and maybe see him if you have the insurance. I also have allergies that go hand in hand with my asthma. Alot of my asthma attacks are allergy induced by smells and thinks that I am allergic too like dust, grasses, and tree pollen. Spring is extremely hard on me for breathing. The test I had to take when I was diagnosised was I had to blow into a mouthpiece connected to a computer where it showed me blowing out birthday candles and I could only blow like 70% and he knew then I had it. I hope you find a doctor that will work for you and will give you the correct diagnosis.

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1/25/09 9:25 A

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I am not a doctor, but have had asthma for as long as I can remember and never remember taking the "test" (which i simply love trying to blow air out and stopping the reflex that says breathe in) before i was 28. In the past two years I have taken it twice. The first time it showed I had classic asthma and the second time it was inconclusive. The difference was the nurse performed the first test, and gave me a complete breathing treatment and the doctor (who was not as use to doing the test) gave me the second one.

The bad this was I got charges for the second test by my insurance company. Some of it sounds like asthma, especially if the inhaler is working before exercise.

A few thing I have found that have helped me over the years was to watch my intake of milk products and white flowers. If I loose weight my asthma and allergies are not as much of a problem and the more I exercise the less I need to resort to my inhaler.

Not sure if this helps.


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1/25/09 4:08 A

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I'll introduce myself properly in the right thread, but in the mean time, I do have a question.
I was diagnosed in April of last year with asthma. My doctor at that time used the fact that I get out of breath easily, have a persistent heavy cough triggered by cold (air or beverages like shakes in particular), and have had my nails and lips turn blue after a heavy workout...
I know, I know, sounds like asthma, right? Well, I had to go to an allergist/asthma/dermatology type place, and the doctor there said that he didn't think I had asthma. He used a test where he had me push as much air as I could into a tube with and without albuterol. I was there for allergies, but I had been told by my primary to get that test done as well. I lost my insurance shortly afterward, and never had this figured out. Who do I trust? Is it asthma, is it not? I've been using the inhaler before excersising anyway, and it does help, and I can tell when I haven't...any opinions?

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