it's been 2 yrs since i first started going to see my pulmo for what i suspected is asthma...that was jan.'07 he srted several different meds some worked some didn't and some i had to discontinue due to bad side effects. in feb'07 he said,"i don't know what we're treating here." in may '07 i had to request a peak flow meter and in july came what i call the" lazy/ incompetent docotr's diagnosis." allergic asthmatic bronchitis.. what the %$#@ is that??? as it turns out , that is asthma...it took me 6 weeks and alot of research to figure it out but that's it. He's still not yet willing to sit me down and tell me. "you have asthma and here's what we need to do to control it." I got practically nothing!!! I have no idea how severe it is and i'm trying on my own to access that myself because no one will tell me. I spent the whole fall and winter( nov '07- feb '08) with back to back respiratory infections then when my allergies got worse and i added zyrtec my pulmo said," are you still taking singulair?" he prescribed it for allergies but i take it for both allergies and asthma because it seems to help with nighttime symptoms. this was when he sent me to a specialist asthma/allergy for allergy tests- i'm allergic to trees, grasses, weeds, dustmites, and dogs...i have 14 things that trigger my asthma/allergies( my doc doesn't even know this) i made the asthma/allergy doc write me a asthma action plan. i started allergy shots and my asthma got worse for the first 3 weeks i did shots then i got some prednisone and it got better and now it's worse again... i've been on prednisone 4 times this year so far and i'm thinking that's too much, i use too much rescue inhaler . i just can't seem to get and keep control of my symptoms . i'll do ok for awhile and then next thing i know i'm doing 4-8 puffs of inhaler. I need some advice on what i need to do and how i can figure out how severe my asthma is!!! what about a methacholine challenge test? how would that work? who does it and how expensive is it? this seems to be the only way to get the answers that me and my docs need for a definitive asthma diagnosis ,accessment and better control. HELP!!!!!
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