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April 27th, 2011, 07:00 PM
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Has your LO had a chest x-ray to help determine the diagnosis of asthma?

I'm wondering if Nathan ought to have one to see what's going on.. it seems like whenever he's sick, it goes right to his chest and his cough is just terribly loud and barky.
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April 28th, 2011, 09:07 AM
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Jeremy never had one because they just treated the symptoms. They did finally listen to his lungs when he wasn't sick and that is how our dr determined he had asthma. I don't think this is the only way to check but it worked and he is much better because of it.
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April 28th, 2011, 10:20 AM
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We have done chest xrays to determine the amount of gunk in his lungs but never to help determine asthma. Our doc will do a pulmonary function test around age 5 to test for asthma. Based on symptoms he says that he most likely has asthma that he won't outgrow but he doesn't want to diagnose him as asthmatic (for labeling reasons) until he is pretty sure he won't outgrow it.
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April 28th, 2011, 05:56 PM
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Could they hear the "gunk" through a stethoscope?

I'm just frustrated because our doctor says Nathan's lungs always sound clear...
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April 29th, 2011, 03:56 PM
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Always... They were actually checking for pneumonia versus a blocked passage that would clear out with coughing a few times. He has had about three or four for that reason...
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April 29th, 2011, 06:18 PM
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Oh poor guy!

Because our doctor has never heard anything in Nathan's lungs it makes me wonder if he does have asthma..
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April 29th, 2011, 06:28 PM
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You can have RAD or asthma with or without gunk. The gunk doesn't make the difference...
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April 30th, 2011, 10:57 AM
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My doctor seems to think it can only be asthma if there's wheezing!
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April 30th, 2011, 12:48 PM
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Children who have asthma attacks aren't wheezing 24/7. Doctors can be nitwits sometimes...
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May 3rd, 2011, 04:26 PM
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A.J's only had one X-ray and he was 4 months old at the time..

Dr. diagnosed him due to past history and symptoms.. He was 9 months old at the time..
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May 3rd, 2011, 04:52 PM
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Children who have asthma attacks aren't wheezing 24/7. Doctors can be nitwits sometimes...
I've honestly always thought of our doctor as a nitwit!

I know Nathan's pedi would diagnose him as having asthma if we brought up all these symptoms... but Nathan's pedi is a little over the top (sent us for a MRI just because Nathan seemed to be left handed when he was 1.5 yo!! .. eating with his left hand, holding crayons in his left hand.. - apparently it's a red flag for brain damage?!) So, that makes us not fully trust him, either!
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May 9th, 2011, 11:24 AM
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Im new here and dont know anyone however, I am very interestd in this ashma thing. My 9 year old has been diagnosed with ashma, rad, pneumonia, sludge in his gallbladder it just really depends on what doctor he goes to. Sorry for rambling my question is does your child have increased respirations all the time? How could a child have ashma if their respirations are high all the time and albuteral makes no difference? Im so lost. Thank you for your time. Mindy
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May 13th, 2011, 04:36 PM
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Hi Mindy, I'm really not sure about your question. the other girls are very knowledgeable so I hope they can help. If not, maybe you could make your own thread here and post your question so they see it!
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