Hi - new here with my story and questions....
Hello - I'm new here as until recently, I didn't think I had asthma. My problems started several months ago. Probably in the summer. Sometimes when I would exercise I would find myself a bit wheezy afterward. I made a connection between the time I exercised and the times my dog was in the room. I decided I must be developing an allergy to my dog. Then in September I got my first cold of the year, brought home by my rugrats. Unlike every other year, however, this one seemed to stick around for a while.
Then I started getting the asthmatic symptoms. I started waking up early in the morning very wheezy. I would take and antihistamine and it would clear right up. Sometimes I thought the problems were tied to diet, because I thought I determined a correlation between certain foods and the "attacks". One night I was having a glass of red wine and within a few minutes my chest became tight and I became flushed. This cleared up with an antihistamine too, but I made an appt with my doc just the same.
She said that I might be developing allergic asthma and that I might have an infection going on too (since I seemed to have chest colds for 2 months straight at that point). She gave me zithromax, and scripts for singular and an inhaler. I actually just started taking the zithromax and by the end or the course I felt better. I stopped waking up in the morning with the breathing problems and I didn't seem to have post exercise issues either.
But I got a cold again, almost immediately (my kids are constantly bringing them home) and next thing I know the symptoms start to come back, even worse than before. Finally one day the antihistamines didn't seem to do the trick anymore and I had to fill the inhaler script. That worked, so I figured I was in the clear (at least until my appt with the allergist). Unfortunately, I was wrong. On Monday, after a weekend of cleaning with all sorts of fun chemicals (Clorox clean up, Oust, Windex, etc), I started having problems breathing. I reached for the inhaler, but to my dismay, it didn't do a thing. I went ahead and took an antihistamine (which I had been avoiding because I was supposed to have allergy testing on Friday). That also had no effect.
Finally I called my GP and was told to come in. They admitted me immediately. I was terrified as I had no idea what to expect because I had never had asthma before. I was also terrified because never before in my life have I not been able to breathe.
In the hospital, I kept getting the same question - "how long have you had asthma?" My reply, "I didn't know I had asthma." This was met be skeptic stares. Sorry, but it's true.
They put me on Prednisone, Levaquin and nebulized me with the albuteral combo, but that didn't help. They switched to xopamax and that was effective. Also my heart stopped pounding which was nice. After two days in the hospital, I was released just on the inhaler and told to take a 14 day course of prednisone, 10 days Levaquin and start singular.
The first day home I felt like a million dollars. I was almost manic. I felt like running around getting things done. Then, after my Levaquin, I became fuzzyheaded, tired and jittery. Then next day I felt fine again. Except, I had/have been coughing up (warning TMI) tons of gooey junk from my lungs. It started off green, turned yellowish and is mostly this white foamy stuff now. My wheezing is completely gone however. So yesterday, thinking I was in the clear. I decided to jump on the bike and get a little exercise in. I didn't realize I had been missing so much lung capacity. It was wonderful. But afterward, and after I took my Levaquin, I started feeling very tired. Then I started yawning. Uncontrollably. Sometimes I can't complete the yawn.
Is this an asthmatic reaction or possibly a side effect of the meds? I slept fine, but this morning I am still more tired than normal and I've been yawning a lot (although not as much as yesterday). Is this something I need to contact the doc about? Could exercising while getting over a lung infection cause it?
I don't doubt that I have allergies - or even asthma for that matter, but I really think that I've been running around with an infection in my chest for months that cause such a severe auto immune response. Hopefully, I will get more information when I see the pulmonary specialist in a couple of weeks.
Sorry about the novel. I just wanted to share my story and perhaps find out if there are others out there who have similar experiences.
Last edited by celtic_mom; 02-05-2005 at 10:58 AM.