Maybe astma and not COPD

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I have had two PA's tell me I have COPD . But lung function was pretty normal. So went to to doctor and talked to him. He is thinking maybe asthma instead. So more checking and test. So now what. I quit taking my inhalers, an advair. Until I know for sure..

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    Hi jeana!

    I was MISDIAGNOSED with asthma 7 years ago. My GP (at that time) said "well, I think you have asthma".  5 1/2 years later my CURRENT GP said "I find it hard to believe at age 69 you are suddenly diagnosed with asthma.  There is SOMETHING going on and we're going to find out what it is".  He sent me for a CT scan and I was PROPERLY diagnosed with COPD.  I feel that many years were wasted because of an improper diagnosis.  I would suggest that you DEMAND that your doctor order a CT scan for you.  If he/she just dismisses it as not important.............get another opinion.

     

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      Hi Sandy, I am very frustrated, I had the same thing with my fibromyalgia so here I am again. With this, I will for sure ask him about a CT scan. Thanks for the help
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    Hi jean, i was diagnosed with ipf 2 and half years ago, in jan my consultant told me about a new treatment, but it had to be recomended by wythenshaw hospital, i duly had an appointment and the specialist said i havn`t got ipf but it looks like emphasemia, i then had all the tests and scans again including a lung biopsy, that was in june, now i can`t get an appointment for a diagnosis until october!!that will be 4 months after the biopsy!!
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    Sorry, but what's a PA?  

    If your lung function improves with ventolin during the spirometry test you have asthma, if not, not.    It's a good idea to not use inhalers for a day or two before spirometry testing, because obviously using them masks your levels and makes it difficult or impossible to get a clear diagnosis - is that why you've stopped using the inhaler?

    The two most common conditions under the COPD umbrella are ashtma (difficulty breathing in) and emphysema (difficulty breathing out, so carbon dioxide stays in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe in) - spirometry testing will clarify your condition and get you a diagnosis.

     However, apart from different medication, the management of any COPD conditoin is pretty much the same - get to rehab, don't smoke or be around smokers, exercise, breathing techniques and medication.

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      Hi Jude

      Actually chronic bronchitis comes under this umbrella to which is what i have

      Jillibean

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      I know, that's why I said most common, which is my understanding and there are a number of other conditions as well
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    Jude..........a PA is a Physicians Assistant.
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      I haven't heard the expression before - is it a UK thing?  Maybe the same as a Practice Nurse - qualified nurses who are authorised to do certain things once solely the province of doctors?  eg spirometry tests;  pap smears;  vaccinations?
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