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can you send well wishes and prayers my way? I go for an appointment tomorrow with an asthma specialist. Hopefully he can figure someway to lessen my symptoms until we can move. My rescue inhalers are no longer rescuing, it seems.
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Thanks, ya'll. It was an interesting appointment. According to the tests, I have slight allergic reactions to mold and ragweed. Nothing else- no critters, food- nothing. He says it doesn't look like asthma to him. I go for another test MC.... I forget what that stands for, but basically, 100% of people have an asthmatic reaction to this substance in full concentration. It's diluted and they test again. Then again, and again. Apparently, the cessation of reaction will tell them whether or not it's asthma.
I was given a peak flow meter to measure my breathing with, taken on a walk around the office, poked, prodded, folded, spindled and mutilated- but I expected all that :)
What I DIDN'T expect, was the doctor's recommendations, the one that he quoted in his letter to both me and the one to my regular Doc. "Move to New Mexico" !!! He did say that doctors as a whole do not like recommending that their patients move to escape their health problems, as they often follow and no relief is found. He praised our exploratory trip out west this past summer and told me to get out of Dodge and to a more arid climate where I could breathe normally.

Sooo.... we don't know what it is, but we know what it isn't. After Greg got home that night, I googled the good Doctor's name to see if I could find a pic. Turns out he's pretty well known and very respected, with a TV show taboot!

http://www.drbobshow.com/

What impressed me the most was that when it was time to go back for my appointment, HE came out and got me. Took me to his office and really listened to the litany of symptoms and asked a myriad of questions- from my birth in KY until now. And he made me part of my treatment, giving me the results of every test and explaining what they meant and what we needed to do about them.

So, i'm still here, still having trouble breathing, but biding my time until we're western bound.
 

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Prayers said. Can you move to a more arid climate?
 

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Okay - are you near any kind of ice rink?
If you are, and are having a bad breathing day - try going to watch or do ice skating. There is something in that cool dry conditioned air that is a totally different atmosphere.

When I get sinus headaches, I can go into the local rink and it allievates.

Wishing you well, and a move.

Angie
 

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I can relate a little bit too. My asthma is horrific this time of year. I have to use 2 different inhalers during this season. I think I have some sort of allergy. I hope all goes well for you, it is so nice when you can find a good dr who is thorough and can "get" what you are going through. Good luck!
 

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I hope things work out for you and they can put you on a different medicene that can help you out. Hugs & prayers sent.
 

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Thanks Becky.

Yup, Madame- that's the plan. Move to NM by March. I've been sending out resumes for Greg like bonkers.

Longshadow- did they ever figure it out or did it just go away?

Ya know, WIHH- it sorta looks like that! I got the letters in the mail Saturday and he commended me on the trip out there to test my reactions and on my decision to move.

Angie- the closest one is about 45 minutes away, I think. Restriction of capillaries, maybe? That's interesting.

Thanks MNGardener. I think not being able to breathe is one of the most frustrating, frightening things i've ever gone through. I'd never wish it on my worst enemy, that's for sure.

Thanks, Sonshine. I've heard that those who develop asthma early outgrow it, although I know of a guy close to my age who had it as a child and then it came back.

Thank you, Mystic. I appreciate it.

Really, Vicki? My doc said that typically they(and all the reading i've done on the American Lung website) caution against moving. It's nice to know that some docs will buck convention for treatment.
Sometimes I feel like someone in an old movie, like we're pulling up stakes and running for my life. :(
 

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I've heard of lots of cases where children have asthma, outgrow it and then it returns when they are adults. My boys had it when they were young so I guess we'll see one day.


When I was first diagnosed with asthma in my 40's, I asked my doctor about going out west. He said he wouldn't recommend it because a lot of times you may have your asthma go away and other problems could then present themselves in the new enviroment. So I never pursued it further.

I wish you well in NM.
 

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I've heard of lots of cases where children have asthma, outgrow it and then it returns when they are adults. My boys had it when they were young so I guess we'll see one day.


When I was first diagnosed with asthma in my 40's, I asked my doctor about going out west. He said he wouldn't recommend it because a lot of times you may have your asthma go away and other problems could then present themselves in the new enviroment. So I never pursued it further.

I wish you well in NM.

Thanks, Cattails.
Ya know, that's what I had read as well. Across the board, doctors do not recommend that their patients move for that very reason. Better the devil you know, I guess. That's why I totally didn't expect that recommendation. Apparently, our trip out there and it's results were enough for him :D

So do you react more to some things than others? For instance, I can feed hay to the horses, but I cannot drive the truck through the hay field, nor can I be in the barn when it's unloaded and stacked.
 

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Longshadow- did they ever figure it out or did it just go away?
Yeah, it is an immune disorder. We added more antihistamines in a different class and with some trial and error we came up with something that mostly works (aside from occasional flare-ups if I get into something that aggravates it). I hope the move really does work for you!
 
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