minor sports-induced asthma?

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  1. USacademyhopeful

    USacademyhopeful New Member

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    When I was 12 my mom was concerned that during lacrosse practice I would get winded quickly, so she took me to the doctors to look into what potentially could be going on. He listened to what my mom had to say and then had me do a spirometry test. He concluded that i had minor sports induced asthma and prescribed me an inhaler. I am aware of the article that states you may be eligible if you meet all of these requirements; no use of controller or rescue medications, no exacerbations requiring acute medical treatment, no use of oral steroids and a current spirometry test. I have yet to do a spirometry test however, my doctor is putting into my medial records that I may have been misdiagnosed because I have not used my inhaler for the past five years and also because he questions the doctor who diagnosed me. Will I still need a waiver for all of this, or after the spirometry test and the misdiagnosis in my med files am I good to go?
     
  2. mellowgator

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    asthma

    my daughter had a similar situation to yours and did get a waiver from usma. she had to send all her medical records from the age of 10 to dodmerb and she was dq'd. usma then sent a letter saying that they were applying for a waiver on her behalf and an surgeon would review her files. she was granted a waiver.

    odds are good that you will have to do a remedial and will need to get a waiver.
     
  3. dohdean

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    We had somewhat similar circumstances. After DodMerb reviewed all of my daughter's medical records from age 10 they sent her for a methacholine challenge test which she flunked. We learned from a friend who is a pulmonologist that some percentage of the normal population will flunk the methacholine challenge even if they do not have asthma (we were told that many pulmonologists do not use this test to diagnose because of the percentage of expected inaccurate flunks). We arranged for her to have a full work up at the same facility where DodMerb had sent us, including spirometry and physical by a pulmonologist. She was never DQ'd because we set this all up as soon as we knew she had flunked methacholine. She was found fit by the pulmonologist and was admitted to USAFA. She is now a Junior and has had no problems. I thought that DodMerb had quit using methacholine but given the number of postings this spring, apparently it is still using the test.
     
  4. Prepmom

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    Asthma confusion

    My son is currently going through a similar situation with asthma. He was sent to take remedials at a clinic that was contracted out by DODMERB. I had to take him to this clinic on 3 different occasion because they could not perform the test properly. Finally, I get the results back, he is DQ due to asthma and reactive airway disease. Initially, I was shocked because my son has never had any problems growing up....he started playing soccer at 4 years old and basketball soon after. I made an appointment to see a Pulmonary specialist. The doctor did a complete PFT work up and found that he was completely normal and that he could train aggressively with no problems. The doctor has sent his interpretation of the test on to DODMERB; who I'm quessing will forward to the WA. I was wondering has anyone had similar problems?
     

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