? Does Acromegaly affect Amethyst Asthma??

Discussion in 'Acromegaly / IAA / Cushings Cats' started by Pamela & Amethyst, Dec 27, 2017.

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  1. Pamela & Amethyst

    Pamela & Amethyst Well-Known Member

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  2. Wendy&Neko

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    Are you noticing any differences?
     
  3. Pamela & Amethyst

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    Hi YES She is wheezy when she is sleeping. I read that in humans it affects respiratory conditions. Does that mean it also will affect her?
     
  4. JeffJ

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    Leo had pretty bad Acro before the SRT (radiation). Acro can cause growths in a lot of places - including soft palate and laryngeal tissues.

    Leo has some minor breathing issues when ages (1-5). But we noticed bigger respiratory issues as the Acro increased. While his Acro is mostly gone now, he has wheezy breathing - mostly when sleeping. And he snores very loudly. This did not occur pre-Acro (2 years ago).

    Leo also has trouble swallowing. Often he is starving. I feed him mushy fancy feast (with water). He starts eating, maybe too fast, then runs away. If I hold the bowl up, he usually has a much easier time.
     
  5. Pamela & Amethyst

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    Hi Thanks Amethyst snores also I am glad his Acro is gone!
     
  6. JeffJ

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    Thanks. It's all in Leo's thread. Wendy and Neko helped me a lot, as did others.

    We are fortunate to live in an age with very advanced medical treatments. It was expensive but we could afford it. In summary, he went from
    18 units/dose - pre SRT
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    ~4 units/dose - one year later

    He probably has some pancreatic diabetes or some leftover Acro that is causing the insulin demand.
     
  7. Wendy&Neko

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    SRT can take up to two years to fully take effect. We had one kitty here, Polly, who took three years to go OTJ. And a lot of SRT kitties don't go OTJ - Neko never did. However, it can reduce the tumour to a point where it's just a small dose and much easier to regulate. It doesn't mean the acro tumour is gone though.

    Jeff is right about the breathing. A very common acro symptom is respiratory stridor, an airy breath sound on the inhale. The extra growth hormone can cause soft tissue growth in the pharynx, so it's not the lungs where the asthma is. Loud snoring is common too.
     
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