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« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2018, 02:50:18 AM »
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I had no idea you were going through this. I am glad you found a good doctor who was able to provide you with at least some short -term relief, and hope the new year will bring you continued health improvements.

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« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2018, 08:38:00 AM »
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You describe a horrible and frightening condition.  I pray you are on the road to recovery.  Lando
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« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2018, 09:40:05 AM »
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Thanks!

Hoping that they can find out why you "filled up" like that too!

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« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2018, 09:40:40 AM »

See if the inhalers did it.

Wouldn't surprise me.

Wouldn't surprise me either.

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« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2018, 09:55:54 AM »
I post stuff like this to maybe help others who are sick and as ignorant of medical care as  I am.
Well, I'm glad you did. Also glad you found the right doctor! Please continue to let us know how you're doing.
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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2018, 09:56:18 AM »
@sneakypete

You describe a horrible and frightening condition.  I pray you are on the road to recovery.  Lando

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« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2018, 09:58:38 AM »
Well, I'm glad you did. Also glad you found the right doctor! Please continue to let us know how you're doing.

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Me to!  But I'm not worried about him now because as a brother in arms I know @sneakypete is too damned mean to die like that!

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« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2018, 10:05:52 AM »
Me to!  But I'm not worried about him now because as a brother in arms I know sneakypete is too damned mean to die like that!
No argument from me!  :laugh:
Seriously, though, it's such a relief to hear Pete got the treatment he needed. Having spent years going to various doctors for my own  ailments and finding very few who even wanted to listen, I enjoy a "feel good" story like this.
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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2018, 10:07:04 AM »
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I thank you all for your concern and well-wishes,but unless things don't continue to go well I won't have anything else to report until after I see the pulmonary surgeon again on the 8th of Jan.

In the meantime I am trying to stay out of the cold,get some sleep,and am taking anti-congestion tablets to help me cough up slime now that I have air to cough it up,

"See" you all here again on the 9th.
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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2018, 10:21:38 AM »
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I'm sure glad that you seem to be in the right hands now. Make sure you give a good word to that doc back to that family doc that suggested him to you.

We had a insurance mix-up at my doc's office I've been going to for some 25 yrs. When my wife went for blood work they wouldn't accept our insurance anymore.  I should have asked around for a good family doc to go to. Instead I looked for who was close that accepted our plan. The very day I called to set up an appointment for my wife, I fell down the attic stairs and ripped open my hand and arm on that damn folding stair assembly. So I went to that new doc. He butterflied me up and said come back the next day. I came back and he said I should go to the emergency room. He wouldn't even stitch me up.

My wife went in to him for the blood work and they pushed her to take a genetics test. She saw no reason for it, but since they were really pushing her she acquiesced.  When the lab bill came in it showed a $28,000 bill for that genetics test alone. The insurance would cover around $800 of it. My wife exploded on that doc and they agreed and finally zeroed out our bill for that test.

That was the last dealings we had with that doc. And it turned out our insurance was accepted by our old doc all along.
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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #35 on: December 22, 2018, 10:50:24 AM »
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I'm sure glad that you seem to be in the right hands now. Make sure you give a good word to that doc back to that family doc that suggested him to you.

We had a insurance mix-up at my doc's office I've been going to for some 25 yrs. When my wife went for blood work they wouldn't accept our insurance anymore.  I should have asked around for a good family doc to go to. Instead I looked for who was close that accepted our plan. The very day I called to set up an appointment for my wife, I fell down the attic stairs and ripped open my hand and arm on that damn folding stair assembly. So I went to that new doc. He butterflied me up and said come back the next day. I came back and he said I should go to the emergency room. He wouldn't even stitch me up.

My wife went in to him for the blood work and they pushed her to take a genetics test. She saw no reason for it, but since they were really pushing her she acquiesced.  When the lab bill came in it showed a $28,000 bill for that genetics test alone. The insurance would cover around $800 of it. My wife exploded on that doc and they agreed and finally zeroed out our bill for that test.

That was the last dealings we had with that doc. And it turned out our insurance was accepted by our old doc all along.

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Unfortunately there is a LOT of that going on in the medical field.

The pulmonary surgeon I fired had started demanding payment in advance at each visit. Even from people like me who had been seeing him for years and never had a late or missed payment.

Neither the new pulmonary surgeon or anyone on his staff has even mentioned the words "bill payment" yet.
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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2018, 01:32:01 PM »
@sneakypete Glad to here you got some relief and hoping the news you get back from the analysis is positive. It's important to remember that doctors aren't God, even if some of them think so, and it's our prerogative to find another practitioner if we aren't happy with the one we have seen. As you have shown us, that can critically important to our well being and even our lives.

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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #37 on: December 22, 2018, 07:23:19 PM »
I thank you all for your concern and well-wishes,but unless things don't continue to go well I won't have anything else to report until after I see the pulmonary surgeon again on the 8th of Jan.


@sneakypete , plz ping me to new events. Hope it goes good.

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In the meantime I am trying to stay out of the cold,get some sleep,and am taking anti-congestion tablets to help me cough up slime now that I have air to cough it up,

If you want to hack it up and get air, try thyme tea.

Only fresh thyme, about a handful in 2 to 3 quarts water... bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes, off heat, let steep over night. Strain and refrigerate. Makes a strong mix. ease into it to see where you are with it (start with a shot or so and see what it does to you), and dilute accordingly. Serve hot w. honey for sweetener (provides relief to throat and anti-bacterial properties).

Most stuff I know works on nasal activity, but thyme works on the lungs. you'll get better air, and you'll want to cough, if you've the air to push it out. I fixed a medium case of pneumonia this spring with it.

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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #38 on: December 23, 2018, 06:57:51 PM »
I am sorry to hear this @sneakypete .  But so very glad you found a good dr.

Please update when you are able to.

Stay safe.

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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #39 on: December 23, 2018, 07:17:22 PM »
@sneakypete

We butt heads more often than not, but wishing you the very best in this, cause this is precious life and it is far more important than any of this silly futility arguing we do on a web site. I pray you recover enough to bang heads for many years to come, and come to accept something very special to my heart so it would be even longer.
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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #40 on: December 23, 2018, 08:06:47 PM »
So no wonder you have been more ornery than usual with me.  LOL   

Praying for successful treatment and a speedy recovery. 

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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #41 on: January 03, 2019, 12:35:45 AM »
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Update.

Back home a couple of hours ago.

Good news is I do not have lung cancer. Bad news is I do have other problems,and will list them below.

#1  Had water in my lungs again,and had it drained again. Got a quart and a half this time. The doc is sending it off to be analyzed,but what was drained before had no cancer cells,so there is no reason to believe this might.

#2  I need to find out WHY my lungs keep filling with fluid,and where the fluid is coming from,starting from the fluid in my stomach. Which means I need to see a Gastroenterologist to have my stomach drained,the fluid analyzed,and what is causing it. I will get an appointment with one tomorrow.

#3: Abdomen and legs are still swollen from fluid. Have an appointment with my pulmo surgeon on Tuesday,and my heart surgeon  next Wednesday

#4  I need to find a lymph gland specialist because the lymph glands in my groin are swollen,and since I am an Agent Orange Veteran and lymph glands are a favorite place for cancer to hide and grow I need to get this diagnosed  pretty quickly. I will see about getting an appointment with a local clinic that specializes in this tomorrow.

#4 Until I take the three steps above this problem is only likely to get worse or cause other things to go bad. I can't accept half-measures and "probably good enough" answers. I need to take them on one by one to treat them and eliminate them as problems.

IF I find out there are problems and what they are as well as what to do about them,I will post the answers as I discover them,as well as any treatments I get and how effective it is.

There is a very good possibility those of you reading this have already read and heard more about this than you want to know,so I won't be doing updates on this subject unless there is a demand to hear them.
 
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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #42 on: January 03, 2019, 12:46:43 AM »
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The prime demand is that Whatever any Doc tells you, or orders for you, the minute you get home you get online and Check It Out.

Understand that most of these people sell pills and procedures over and above actual patient care.

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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #43 on: January 03, 2019, 01:33:02 AM »
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Update.

Back home a couple of hours ago.

Good news is I do not have lung cancer. Bad news is I do have other problems,and will list them below.

#1  Had water in my lungs again,and had it drained again. Got a quart and a half this time. The doc is sending it off to be analyzed,but what was drained before had no cancer cells,so there is no reason to believe this might.

#2  I need to find out WHY my lungs keep filling with fluid,and where the fluid is coming from,starting from the fluid in my stomach. Which means I need to see a Gastroenterologist to have my stomach drained,the fluid analyzed,and what is causing it. I will get an appointment with one tomorrow.

#3: Abdomen and legs are still swollen from fluid. Have an appointment with my pulmo surgeon on Tuesday,and my heart surgeon  next Wednesday

#4  I need to find a lymph gland specialist because the lymph glands in my groin are swollen,and since I am an Agent Orange Veteran and lymph glands are a favorite place for cancer to hide and grow I need to get this diagnosed  pretty quickly. I will see about getting an appointment with a local clinic that specializes in this tomorrow.

#4 Until I take the three steps above this problem is only likely to get worse or cause other things to go bad. I can't accept half-measures and "probably good enough" answers. I need to take them on one by one to treat them and eliminate them as problems.

IF I find out there are problems and what they are as well as what to do about them,I will post the answers as I discover them,as well as any treatments I get and how effective it is.

There is a very good possibility those of you reading this have already read and heard more about this than you want to know,so I won't be doing updates on this subject unless there is a demand to hear them.
Just getting caught up, here. Glad you got a good doc, hope you find out what's causing the fluid accumulations and that something can be done about that aside from installing a spigot to drain it...

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Re: Gasping for breath
« Reply #44 on: January 03, 2019, 01:49:29 AM »
@sneakypete

Good to see you back here, sir.  Still keeping up those prayers  for you.  Praying the root cause of your breathing trouble can be found and successfully treated and your lymph nodes test negative.   Sounds like your new doctor is on the ball.

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« Reply #45 on: January 03, 2019, 03:56:35 AM »
Please do keep us updated.

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« Reply #46 on: January 03, 2019, 05:03:06 AM »
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Update.

Back home a couple of hours ago.

Good news is I do not have lung cancer. Bad news is I do have other problems,and will list them below.

#1  Had water in my lungs again,and had it drained again. Got a quart and a half this time. The doc is sending it off to be analyzed,but what was drained before had no cancer cells,so there is no reason to believe this might.

#2  I need to find out WHY my lungs keep filling with fluid,and where the fluid is coming from,starting from the fluid in my stomach. Which means I need to see a Gastroenterologist to have my stomach drained,the fluid analyzed,and what is causing it. I will get an appointment with one tomorrow.

#3: Abdomen and legs are still swollen from fluid. Have an appointment with my pulmo surgeon on Tuesday,and my heart surgeon  next Wednesday

#4  I need to find a lymph gland specialist because the lymph glands in my groin are swollen,and since I am an Agent Orange Veteran and lymph glands are a favorite place for cancer to hide and grow I need to get this diagnosed  pretty quickly. I will see about getting an appointment with a local clinic that specializes in this tomorrow.

#4 Until I take the three steps above this problem is only likely to get worse or cause other things to go bad. I can't accept half-measures and "probably good enough" answers. I need to take them on one by one to treat them and eliminate them as problems.

IF I find out there are problems and what they are as well as what to do about them,I will post the answers as I discover them,as well as any treatments I get and how effective it is.

There is a very good possibility those of you reading this have already read and heard more about this than you want to know,so I won't be doing updates on this subject unless there is a demand to hear them.

Thanks for the update, Pete.  It is good that you are in the process of getting the symptoms (of something!) analyzed.  Big crowd of folks here that care about you and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for a positive outcome for you.  Please keep us updated as you can.

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« Reply #47 on: January 03, 2019, 06:28:40 AM »
@sneakypete

The prime demand is that Whatever any Doc tells you, or orders for you, the minute you get home you get online and Check It Out.

Understand that most of these people sell pills and procedures over and above actual patient care.

Best Pete.

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« Reply #48 on: January 03, 2019, 07:22:13 AM »
@sneakypete I’m glad your doctor and your friend seem to be able to figure out what is wrong I hope they figure out what is wrong and fix it fast.

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« Reply #49 on: January 03, 2019, 08:20:56 AM »

#2  I need to find out WHY my lungs keep filling with fluid,and where the fluid is coming from,starting from the fluid in my stomach. Which means I need to see a Gastroenterologist to have my stomach drained,the fluid analyzed,and what is causing it. I will get an appointment with one tomorrow.

#3: Abdomen and legs are still swollen from fluid. Have an appointment with my pulmo surgeon on Tuesday,and my heart surgeon  next Wednesday


@sneakypete

I know this sounds overly simple, but don't forget to get horizontal as often as you can...

I don't have troubles at your level, but I do have drainage issues... Often pain will drive me to sit in a chair for long periods, to include sleeping in the chair... Over a fairly short amount of time (some days), being continually upright, my legs will begin to become painfully swollen and my lungs will begin to gather fluid... It greatly exacerbates my existing problems.

The solution for me is to literally get horizontal for some long period of time... If I wind up sleeping in the chair all night,  I will make it a point to go lay down for an hour or more, say half an hour on each side...

It can be incredibly uncomfortable at first - the advantage for my lungs in being able to eject fluids can be rather uncomfortable for breathing, with a lot of coughing and hacking and expectoration, but I will persist, and eventually things begin to clear... Likewise, lower legs and feet get uncomfortable and tingly, as fluids start to move,  but I persist and eventually things get moving and comfort returns.

Mine is driven by pain, but I can imagine your breathing problems often drive you to remain vertical too, perhaps exacerbating things... Don't forego simple solutions.

Best wishes, Pete. Get better!


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