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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    Jude.......PA is a US term.   I believe that they can handle most things other than surgery and invasive techniques.  A PA is more highly educated than a Physicians Nurse.  Where are you located, Jude???
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      Australia:  What do Physicians' Nurses do?   It sounds to me as if a PA is similar to or the same as our Practice Nurses, who can also do most things except prescribe medication or do surgery.  They're invaluable, especially in remote areas where doctors are few and VERY far between.   

      I've had only good experiences with them, both where in live now in the country and when I lived in a remote Aboriginal community:  in the former case they're not stand alone but work within medical clinics and in the latter case had access to gp's and specialists via teleplhone, probably skype now.

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      Think they call them Nurse Practitioners here in the UK. They are qualified to do almost as much as a GP. They can do prescriptions too.
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      Hi Jude... PA's here in the U.S. can prescribe medicine just like doctors, except that depending on the clinic they work at, a medical doctor needs to sign off on Patient charts (for any of the patients a PA cared for for the day). A nurse practitioner here in the U.S. Can also prescribe meds and can sign their own charts though they are considered one below a PA. I'll never understand that but PA's have a bit more restrictions than a Nurse practitioner.
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    Yes, Jude.........they do sound similar.  Ours (for the most part), according to my experiences are very valuable here in the US.
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    Hi jeana45051,

    Jude gives a good example of copd and emphysema.  I'm no doctor; I'm studying to become a nurse.  I hope you haven't stopped taking your inhalers and such just yet.  Try calling your doctor (or nurse) and ask them what they think you should before stopping your meds completely.  If they say to stop taking it till they figure out what you have, then stop taking them. I personally think you should continue taking your inhalers until you call them and ask about it or if they actually come to a conclusion as to what you might have. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

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