I was diagnosed with asthma as a child, suffered quite a bit with it, then didn't really have any trouble with it up until 2 years ago. I had to have an emergency c-sec with my son and my asthma has been terrible ever since. I don't know what happened during or after the surgery to cause it, but it has been progressively getting worse.
I am so bad today it is miserable. I was reading in some past threads about Advair and I agree, it works well. It does have some side effects though, like dizziness but it does work. I am planning to go back on it myself, I just can't right now because here the stuff costs $175 and my husband just started a new job and we really cannot afford it with no coverage. Although with how bad I am getting I don't think we are going to have any choice but to work it out.
Anyway, it is hard to explain to someone who has never felt it how miserable it is to suffer with this. (I told my husband to stick a pillow over his face and nose and try breathing through it.) I think it is underestimated how serious of an illness it is and how many people suffer serious problems and even death from it. It seems to be just catagorized with allergies.
Anyway, I will stop babbling now! Take care and I look forward to chatting with you all!
(I would also like to know the same thing that someone else asked, has anyone tried going to a chiropractor? I heard that has helped some people. With both allergies and asthma. So I was just curious! Thanks!)
Hi Kmama - I'm new here too. I just started having problems over the last few months. Ended up in the hospital with a severe attack. Turned out I had a lung infection. There is a lot of info on this board - mostly contributed by a guy named Chris - on how low hormones can cause all sorts of problems including asthma, allergies, low immunity and a slew of other things.
I didn't have a C-sec, but I did have epidurals with my last 2 kids and both times my BP shot up immediately following delivery. I never had BP issues before. The first time it seemed to resolve itself within a couple of weeks of delivery. The second time it was out of control and I ended up on meds for months. The docs only suggestion was it was the additional weight I was carrying around. That never flied with me because I was carrying around a LOT more weight prior to delivery.
Anyway, read through the threads, there is a lot of good information. There is one that I found particularly interesting.....
I found an OD in my area that specializes in endocrinology and made an appointment. I also made an appointment with a pulmonary specialist and an allergist for testing. I really want to get to the bottom of this and get back to feeling the way I did 6 months ago.
Personally, I really think that there has got to be a hormonal component since the problems all seemed to start for me after childbirth. I would think the same for you as well. Keep us posted and take care!
Last edited by Administrator; 03-01-2005 at 03:46 AM.
I get samples of Advair from my doctor. I almost never fill the prescription because the dosage I take depends on how well my asthma is doing, so the doc gives me the samples in all the dosages (each sample is two weeks' worth of Advair). Call your doc's office and explain the situation - I'm sure you can get 3-4 samples out of them.