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just a brief history I am a 57 year old female. I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis in June and then in September I got what is called a pulmonary cement embolism. (very rare, in told) Yes, it is an embolism in the pulmonary artery in my lungs that is made of cement that they used to fix my fractured vertebrae. This happened following a procedure I had. I started having problems breathing and ended up in the ICU for a couple of days. At this point I was sent home on blood thinners and oxygen. after 7 weeks I was told I could stop both and since my oxygen was doing well I was happy to quit it. in the last week or so I have been really struggling to breathe. Sometimes my oxygen will show normal and sometimes it will be around 83-86. this typically happens when I get up to do something like go to the bathroom or walk to the kitchen for a drink of water. I am back to wearing my oxygen 24/7 and yesterday I saw my pulmonologist again and he put me on 30 mg of prednisone and i had an X ray of my chest done and some blood tests done and a couple of pulmonary test done. the blood work all turned out fine. And he ran like a CBC and anemia panel and inflammation panel. the chest x-ray was where I'm a little confused. he said that my lungs were not fully inflating with air so his suggestion was for me to breathe deeply. he is a very conservative doctor and as much as I appreciate that I find that that treatment is a bit, well ridiculous. It's not like I'm not breathing. I am making an effort to breathe deeply since they told me to start doing that. but of course every time I get up the symptoms return. Does this seem to you like an appropriate treatment?
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