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Asthma and Chronic Bronchitis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2006
  • 03:22 AM

I have been going through alot of test for the last year, because of breathing problems and chest pain. I was finally diagnosed with Asthma. But I believe the diagnoses is wrong, I had previously been a smoker for 34 years and was diagnosed with chronic broncitis some 20 years ago and it has never cleared up. Could I be wrong ? Can chronic bronchitis turn into Asthma. I always understood that chronic bronchitis is usually followed by
emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Copd).

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  • never heard of bronchitis turning into asthma, maybe a second doctor's advice would nt be a waste.
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  • I was told I had bronchitis 3 years ago and since then, when I return to my doctor with the same symptoms I am told it is my Asthma playing up or a chest infection. Asthma does come hand in hand with Bronchitis but Chronic Bronchitis does not automatically mean this will develop into COPD. Chronic Bronchitis can cause scarring on your lungs which will cause more inflammation on your airways and in turn cause a exacerbation of your symptoms. Ask your doctor for a chest/lung Xray and have a lung function test performed to measure the oxygen levels. You will get a better diagnosis this way.
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  • I was told I had bronchitis 3 years ago and since then, when I return to my doctor with the same symptoms I am told it is my Asthma playing up or a chest infection. Asthma does come hand in hand with Bronchitis but Chronic Bronchitis does not automatically mean this will develop into COPD. Chronic Bronchitis can cause scarring on your lungs which will cause more inflammation on your airways and in turn cause a exacerbation of your symptoms. Ask your doctor for a chest/lung Xray and have a lung function test performed to measure the oxygen levels. You will get a better diagnosis this way. Chronic bronchitis is COPD. Acute Bronchitis is a different story, but once it gets chronic it is incurable and you only treat the symptoms.
    mystic66 5 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 02:47 PM
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  • I'm 14 and I got bronchitis about 4 years ago, and since then my doctor has told me I have asthma (I only got officially diagnosed a year after the bronchitis). I hope that helps.
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  • If you have been diagnosed with asthma, a rescue inhaler usually clears up any breathing problems associated with asthma. If a rescue inhaler isn't working, then I would assume it's not asthma. I have had asthma for about 25 years. Asthma makes it difficult to breathe because your bronchial tubes are inflamed and constricted. But with a rescue inhaler, these symptoms go away.
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  • If you have been diagnosed with asthma, a rescue inhaler usually clears up any breathing problems associated with asthma. If a rescue inhaler isn't working, then I would assume it's not asthma. I have had asthma for about 25 years. Asthma makes it difficult to breathe because your bronchial tubes are inflamed and constricted. But with a rescue inhaler, these symptoms go away.Is asthma microbe diseases?
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