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CHRIS-OH
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Posted - Aug 06 2017 :  8:57:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A little background on me. I have been SOB with exertion for the last few years (actually as a child I was never able to run long distance). My pulmonologist never explains these tests (yes, I am in the process of getting a new one) and tells me to use albuterol as needed. Can someone tell me what these mean? I am not convinced I donít have asthma or some type of obstruction or restriction/COPD otherwise why would I get out of breath. I also get upper back discomfort quite frequently. Some days I feel fine, other days I feel a constant ache and tightness in my upper back. My CT did not show anything. Should I ask for a PET scan?

FVC 88
FEV1 87
FEV1/FVC 99
FEF25-75% 85
PEF 111

Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Aug 07 2017 :  01:36:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A PET scan will not show anything more. Your numbers are mild lung disease. Have you had a stress test and Echo? This sounds more like heart disease than lung disease. Also, have you had pre and post bronchial dialator? I can recommend lung doctors in Cincinnati. In Columbus, OSU, in Cleveland, the Clinic.

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CHRIS-OH
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Posted - Aug 07 2017 :  7:05:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave - Funny you should ask! I was actually in Cleveland last month, since it is the place to go for heart issues and all is good according to the cardiologist. They did the treadmill stress echo and cardiac CT. I'm in Cincy and would love pulmonologist recommendations. The one I'm leaving is with Christ and said I have mild, intermittent asthma, but I'm not convinced. Thanks!
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CHRIS-OH
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Posted - Aug 07 2017 :  7:10:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, and they did do the post bronchial dialator and I went up 12 points, so albuterol seems to have an effect. I'm supposed to be doing the methacholene test next week, which I'm told is a fairly accurate measure of whether someone has asthma or not.
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Aug 08 2017 :  12:43:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
UC Health both in Corryville and West Chester have great lung doctors. I see a number of them there and at the VA. I know all of the ones at West Chester and most at UC Health. Also, know one of the cardiologists at UC. Adam Cole, Elsira Pina, Sadia Benzaquen, or Gaurav Khanna. I have been treated by all of them at one of the hospitals. At the VA Dennis McGraw or Adam Cole.

In West Chester, Kim, Khanna or Tanase; all 3 have have treated me in patient.

Call 513-475-8523 and tell Lisa I sent you. Tell her Dave who has been treated since 1999 by most of the staff and gives her chocolate.

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CHRIS-OH
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Posted - Aug 08 2017 :  07:20:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks. I am going to try UC, they are the closest.
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CHRIS-OH
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Posted - Aug 16 2017 :  09:21:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave - They must be pretty good. I couldn't get in until Jan at UC, but was able to get in at West Chester in October. We'll see how it goes. I'm really over mediocre/bad doctors. They had other doctors that I could get in sooner but I specifically requested one of the ones you mentioned below.

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UC Health both in Corryville and West Chester have great lung doctors. I see a number of them there and at the VA. I know all of the ones at West Chester and most at UC Health. Also, know one of the cardiologists at UC. Adam Cole, Elsira Pina, Sadia Benzaquen, or Gaurav Khanna. I have been treated by all of them at one of the hospitals. At the VA Dennis McGraw or Adam Cole.

In West Chester, Kim, Khanna or Tanase; all 3 have have treated me in patient.

Call 513-475-8523 and tell Lisa I sent you. Tell her Dave who has been treated since 1999 by most of the staff and gives her chocolate.

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Aug 17 2017 :  12:17:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are other good doctors at both locations. I mentioned the ones that I thought had the most availability. Mitch Rashkin is great, but has cut back. Frank McCormack is a national figure in his area of lung disease, and Bruce Trapnell is mostly seeing children with rare lung diseases. I see all of them.

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