( I'm Canadian)
I finally got an appointment for the respirologist August 15th! My question is, what do they do on the first visit? It's been almost a year since my PFT do they retest?
Hi. Sounds to me like those things are the same. My flare-ups are more (dry) coughing, with some mucus. By the time it turns to colored phlegm, it is a true bacterial infection (and usually too late). But Preds only help with congestion. Without antibiotics (to attack infection) means things will just gets worse. If so, the next level is the full-on Exacerbation. My trials have included low energy, SOB, high pulse rates and low O2 readings - which means a trip to the ER. 🚑 for me. Any X-ray (or CT scans) only confirms the intensity of treatment needed to get back to "normal". Just FYI, a good chest sound is called "clear", which means air is heard moving in and out steadily.
I don't know a lot about "asthma", but it is good that you have a comprehensive visit scheduled to clarify a lot of your concerns and develop a good care strategy. Wishing you all the Best.
If you have a good lung specialist, "yes," they will retest you. Its the only way they can determine what stag your lungs are at, and what they would then advise what your options are, or should be. God bless
On my first visit to the pulmonologist, I first met with the nurse who took my history and gave me a breathing test where you blow into a machine several times, then she gave me a breathing treatment with the nebulizer and I had to test again. After that I met the pulmonologist who listened to my breathing, looked at the results of the breathing tests and asked me some questions about how I felt when breathing and walking. He then prescribed a course of treatment, prescribed medications, and showed me how to use the inhalers and made my next appointment. I did not do the walking test on that visit. I was pretty sick on my first visit so he also prescribed prednisone and antibiotics.
They do retest every few months or so to gauge your progress...at least they retest at my doctor's office. I have also been sent to the hospital to be tested for pulmonary function twice in the past 2 years.
Lots of questions, what is your diagnosis! ?, and what symptoms do you have