Was diagnosed with asthma (but thinks it could be copd) by my sleep apnea consultant after I told her I feel out of breath and wheeze lately. Was given two inhalers one is symbicort and the other a blue one to carry around. Was given a peak flow meter to take home.

She will see me back in 3 months where I will then be tested for copd. I'm confused as to how I was diagnosed with asthma and given meds before any testing and am too scared to take the symbicort after reading people's side effects etc. Has anyone else been diagnosed this way?

9 Answers

ying
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Yes


larson
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Second opinion time


larson
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I saw my primary care due to shortness of breath and couldn't exhale all the way did spirometry and it came back normal. So next step was chest x-ray did that and it showed hyperinflated lungs. So then went to pulmonologist to show him my chest x-ray and do pulmonary fucntion tests and he then gave me results and circled some numbers and said it shows moderate asthma. I didn't like his vibe and thought it was weird that he told me to stop my allergy shots because he said they were a waste of time so I got. Second opinion from an allergy Dr.... She did spirometry which that one did show a bit of improve before and after Albuterol and I asked so do I have asthma ? She said she can't just diagnosed me with asthma after one visit.. she has to see how I sound on a regular and once I'm on a treatment plan.... So definitely seek other opinions

mozell
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I had a xray too on my way out and she will have results for my next visit in 3 months time. She is my apnea doctor at chest clinic. I've been doing the peak flow four days now my best is 290 worse 240 but haven't taken inhalers. Am thinking if its not asthma won't I then become dependent on them if I'm gonna be taking them for three whole months till I go back. Read reviews on symbicort and made me worse!!!

larson
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Oh I know.... The Pulmonologist started me on Breo and Incruse ellipta... And those black box warnings freaked me out..... And the allergy Dr who I got a second opinion from started me on qvar preventative and said she wouldn't of started me on something as strong as breo like Pulmonologist did....and thinks I may only have mild asthma and not moderate. That's why it's good to get second and even third opinions shoot even forth and fifth if you can afford it, and see if there is a same diagnoses and treatment plan they are all saying and go with that. The Pulmonologist tech who did my lung function test .... I was chatting with her and told her how my chest x-ray came back with hyperinflated lungs, and she said to me, You know that's just an opinion right?? So then that got me thinking.. dang what of it was an uneducated X-ray tech reading my x-ray film and just guessed wrong... Ugh it's so annoying.... It's like we r guinea pigs... They don't call it a PRACTICE for nothing ugh....

mozell
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Yes it's like we are Guinea pigs for sure and I don't like taking meds unless I know for certain I need them, got high blood pressure and know I have to take the meds but this talking to someone and then they say you have asthma before one single test has been done isn't right in my mind. I hear u on the second third and forth opinion and I make u right. I'm in the UK so I don't have to pay, thankfully.

larson
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Omg if I didn't have to pay I'd go to every kind of Dr and have every test! I also have high blood pressure and trying to co troll it without meds... It sucks because alot of these asthma meds cause high blood pressure too

mozell
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Omg do they

larson
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Yeah I know what you mean. If you start any... Monitor your BP daily or weekly


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