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Coughing spasms/losing consciousness
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Coughing spasms/losing consciousness

I am writing about my father - a 68 year old white male, 5'10", and weighs 225 lbs.  He has been getting coughing spasms that have caused him to pass out occasionally.  It started soon after he was taken off of Prednisone.  He was taking Prednisone for 8 months for Colitis.
You can hear him wheezing when he breathes.  His
pulmonary specialist first diagnosed asthma and prescribed inhalers. The inhalers did not seem to work.  Then the pulmonary specialist told him to get his esophagus checked out.  Below is a list of tests that he has taken:

2000 - Stress Test
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has he ever had his heart checked out....you sometimes can pass out when the vagus nerve is stimulated or if you have an arrythmia undiagnosed
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Has he had an allergy workup? With all the medications he's on and the history of the Advair allergy, perhaps he allergic to another medication he's on. It definitely sounds like uncontrolled asthma to me which could be due to an unknown asthma trigger. His doctor may need to tweak his asthma meds. There are a variety out there. Considering the Oral Steroid seemed to help, perhaps he needs a higher dose of inhaled steroids than he's currently on.

Has he been back to the Pulmonologist after all these tests? Also being overweight can contribute to many of his health related problems, even the asthma. Hopefully he is a non-smoker? If not, that would definitely cause the asthma to flair.

I assume since he's seeing a Pulmonologist, they have ruled out other lung problems such as Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease (COPD) and Emphysema?

It definitely seems like further medical evaluation is necessary. If you are not happy with the current Pulmonologists answers, seek a second opinion. Good luck!

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P.S. reflux is also an asthma trigger. Maybe those meds need tweaked as well
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