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I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« on: August 27, 2014, 11:11:15 AM »
I went to the ER last night and was told I have Acite asthma exacerbration, andwas prescribed antibiotics and steroids.
The truth is I really don't believe that diagnosis. There has to be something more sinister going on because its not like I'm having episodes of asthma attacks throughout the day. I'm having problems breathing 24/7 sometimes it feels like I'm struggling to get air in and other times its not that bad but still there. There's no way its asthma. If it was asthma I wouldn't be having these problems 24/7 plus sometimes I can take my inhaler and ot doesn't even work.
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2014, 04:34:22 PM »
I even told my Dr about my mold concerns and he said he couldn't tell me-maybe I need to go to the health department.  Wtf is up with that? Why wouldn't he be able to tell me?
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 04:39:32 PM »
What was your pulse ox rate when you went to the ER? Are you sure it's just not "air hunger" due to anxiety?
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014, 06:22:17 PM »
What tests did they run at the ER?
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 06:29:58 PM »
I know it soinds crazy but I always think that if I believe its nothing bad then I will curse myself and it will end up being somethig bad.

I'm the same way, but that's not how it really works.  Mental illness is a bitch, man.  But we can't make bad things happen by thinking about them a certain way.
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 06:59:25 PM »
What tests did they run at the ER?

They did a chest xray, blood work, ekg. It all came back clear.
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2014, 07:37:08 PM »
Classic healthy anxiety response...you had an asthma attack brought on by anxiety. 

The mold is no joke and if they thought for one minute that was what was wrong with you they wouldn't have just sent you on your way. 
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2014, 09:49:45 AM »
I just took my first dose of steroids now I'm about to eat and then take my antibiotics.  I have a appointment today at 1:30 with my regular Dr. Right now I'm kinda fraking out because I'm having trouble breathing and feeling funny after taking the med.
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2014, 10:49:53 AM »
A bad asthma attack most certainly CAN make you feel breathless throughout the entire day and for several days at a time. In a severe episode of asthma you may not just have acute bronchospasm but inflammation that is persistent.  Add to that your anxiety, no doubt that's making breathing more difficult and they are affecting each other. It's scary and it can be hard to break out of a loop like that, but worrying that there is another sinister diagnosis going on at this point is going to be of no help. You're on good strong medications, trust that they are going to do their job, but also know that they are going to take a few days.

Steroids can make you feel a little loopy sometimes, they are known to do that but they are good meds for asthma. take it easy for a few days and let us know what your doc has to say  :action-smiley-065:
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2014, 04:28:38 PM »
The doc visit didn't help much. If anything it made things worse. First the Dr told me that my WBC was up about 1 point. He said it's nothing to worry about but I'm still a little nervous about it. What really worries me thoigh is they did a spirometry on me and it showed a mild obstruction.  He told me that my lungs sounded clear. I'm really freaking out badly right now.
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2014, 04:37:20 PM »
I have asthma (dx'd from a breath test) and most certainly do not get asthma attacks throughout the day everyday. You are mistaken that asthma has to do that. And yes, anxiety can and does make asthma worse, as PP suggested.

Edit: Saw your last post. The breath test you took was not wrong. You have asthma. If it was something more sinister, it would detect that, too.
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2014, 04:46:13 PM »
I have asthma (dx'd from a breath test) and most certainly do not get asthma attacks throughout the day everyday. You are mistaken that asthma has to do that. And yes, anxiety can and does make asthma worse, as PP suggested.

Edit: Saw your last post. The breath test you took was not wrong. You have asthma. If it was something more sinister, it would detect that, too.

But I have trouble breathing 24/7 now. Can that happen fron asthma? I thought with asthma you have an asthma atack and its over? I didn't think that asthma can make it hard to breathe 24/7. My main fear is the sprirometry test. I'm affraid thats the sign of copd and I'm also affraid that it may be worse than a mild obstruction because I kinda cheated. At the end I was pushing air more out of my mouth rather than my lungs and the first time I did it I kinda took my mouth off of it for a second and pushes that air through, so I'm thinking it may actually be moderate to severe.

Does anybody know anything about these spirometry test?
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2014, 04:59:37 PM »
Girl next door here got the diagnosis asthma because she had trouble breathing 24/7.
One of my friends has asthma and she can have months not having any trouble breathing before she gets an attack, and that attack can go on for days. It's not like she really can't breath for days, but she feels really bad.

About the sprirometry test; you didn't cheat. That's how people take these test. And the amount of air you can keep in your mouth isn't enough to make a substantial difference in the test results.
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2014, 05:28:33 PM »
Did you have known asthma prior to this ER diagnosis? I'm not sure how old you are but I usually have constant 24/7 breathing issues also and my doctor attributes most of it to anxiety because he told me that to develop asthma at my age (19) is extremely rare. People generally don't develop it later in life, it's something that they get when they are usually little and it develops as they get older and gets worse or better.
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Re: I can't believer the E.R diagnosis I got. help!!!!
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2014, 06:23:35 PM »
The doc visit didn't help much. If anything it made things worse. First the Dr told me that my WBC was up about 1 point. He said it's nothing to worry about but I'm still a little nervous about it. What really worries me thoigh is they did a spirometry on me and it showed a mild obstruction.  He told me that my lungs sounded clear. I'm really freaking out badly right now.

That sounds about right, as an acute asthma attack most certainly causes obstructed airways. In a couple of weeks after treatment a repeat spirometry should show improved function. It's been a bad allergy season, so potentially an allergen may have triggered the flare.

Has anyone given you any real education on your asthma diagnosis ? Perhaps a better understanding of the process would help. Rather than doctor google, perhaps check out www.familydoctor.org or the CDC website or ask your doctor for a printed handout on asthma. But please only read up on your actual diagnosis not you feared one.

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