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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Asthma and Allergy
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User :   I have allergic asthma and get bronchitis every 2 to 3 months. My doctor says that is entirely too often and is running other tests. In trying to do research of my own, it seems like my symptoms certainly fall under the possibility of Cystic Fybrosis. Would I be wrong to request to be tested for that?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hi Dr.
Doctor :   Since there is considerable overlap of the symptoms in both asthma and cystic fibrosis its good to go for the test
User :   To add a little more information, my mom had pulmonary fibrosis and has since passed away. I have been tested for that and I do not have that thank goodness.
User :   but I do have severe asthma etc. My puilmonary function tests are good but it seems I am have most problems when moving, not sitting with shortness of breath.
User :   I saw one of the symptoms was problems gaining weight and I am the opposite. I am overweight and seeing an endocrinologist for that and can't seem to find why I can't lose weight
Doctor :   Pulmonary fibrosis is a complication of lung disease , here the underlying lung disease could be anything like asthma , TB , cystic fibrosis etc
User :   I did have an MRI done of my lungs, Xrays, etc etc. but have never been tested for CF.
Doctor :   May i know your age and gender ?
User :   48 and female
User :   my mom died at the age of 63
Doctor :   ok, Ruling out CF is always a best option in problems like you have
User :   So it would come across as something stupid to suggest to my doctor. I just don't want to be laughed at, I just want answers.
User :   Should I request this from my family doctor, allergist/ asthma doctor or my pulmonologist?
Doctor :   Pulmonologist will be the one who can consider it seriously
User :   ok. Thank you Dr.
Doctor :   and other way he will be wanting to get you this tested
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help with ?
User :   No thank you. That is just what has been on my mind and bothering me. When to Disney World this past week with my family and had to use a scooter. I just would like some answers and with my mom's health history, I would like to be as proactive as possible.
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   I will. Thank you.
Doctor :   Take care
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