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Lung rating with bronchodilator

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grayling12

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I was just reading something that if you use a bronchodilator for lung problems, and it improves your breathing then you will get a lower rating, did I read this right? If you would be say 30% based on breathing test results alone can they reduce you, if the Dr noted that you get great improvement from a bronchodilator?

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@grayling12Some conditions are rated like this. Personally, I think this approach is completely backwards, but I am not a medical expert. It fails to properly rate a vet based on the severity of their asthma based on the spirometry readings. And then the person guiding you through performing the breathing test urges you to breathe out as hard and forcefully as possible. That's not natural unless you are in the middle of an aerobic routine. Instead of rating the vet on the severity, they instead choose to rate the vet based on post-inhaler readings. If you look at musculoskeletal rating criteria, you'll see that they rate based on the limitation of range of motion, but if pain or functional loss is involved it can be rated where it was observed. On the bright side, if your asthma requires daily inhaled steroids or treatment with systemic steroids several times a year, you can try to get a higher rating.

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