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Old 06-14-2007, 02:44 PM   #1
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What is normal daily life with asthma/chronic bronchitis?

Hi, I've been struggling with asthma for 5 years, and I continue to get too many colds that lead to bronchitis. So much so, that I've now been labeled as having chronic bronchitis. But it's the constant sinusitis and allergies that bring it all on. I'm on Advair 500, Singulair, Albuterol rescue and a couple allergy meds. No, my asthma is not under control, but my pulmonologist and allergy/asthma specialist are working on that. However, I have many days with tightness in my chest, fatigue that only responds to a 2 hour nap, slight productive/non-productive cough, and shortness of breath if I do anything physical. I build up to 7 min. on my eliptical trainer only to have several attacks in one day and back to being unable to carry the laundry up and down the steps. Other days, I seem almost like a normal person. I can't believe how much this has changed my lifestyle - do the rest of you cope with drastic changes in your daily routines? Can this ever be gotten under control so you can live relatively symptom-free? TIA, Jasthma

 
Old 06-15-2007, 12:02 PM   #2
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Re: What is normal daily life with asthma/chronic bronchitis?

Sorry to hear you are struggling. I, too, have asthma. I was diagnosed about 8 years ago after being on allergy shots for 4 years! I have no idea how that happened. I thought allergy shots would DECREASE my chance to develope asthma. Anyway, my asthma is pretty stubborn. I don't really have too many symptoms unless I am sick, but my airways are always constricted to a degree. My spirometry test showed improvement with Advair, but I am still not in the normal range. I can't jog or run up steps, but I can exercise on a treadmill. I just need to do more of it. Things that help me feel better are: eating apples, staying away from junk food, drinking hot tea and water, using a saline irrigation for my sinuses and trying to stay out of the wind, especially on days that the pollen count is high. I bronchitis symptoms right now, but my doctor said, it's not. I still feel miserable. I have a cough and so much phlegm. Spring is really bad for me. Right now I am looking into alternative medicine, accupuncture, and food supplements to see if there is anything that will help. Go online and in your search engine type "simple sugars for your health" and educate yourself!
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:32 PM   #3
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Re: What is normal daily life with asthma/chronic bronchitis?

Hi

I am sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time with your asthma. I know that there are many people that do have their asthma under control and can live more symptom free than what I do.

I have had asthma for 11 years and it seems to be getting more uncontrolled especially in the last 5 1/2 years since I moved about 1 hour north west of where I was living for 4 years. I am on advair 500-50, flovent 500, spriva, ventalin as needed, flonase, aerius for asthma and allergies. I have had a number of opions from allergists and asthma doctors with no miracle answers. I have been somewhat better in the last 6 months due to stomach problems and losing 40 pounds. I am currently on 50 mg of prednisone hopefully just short term because I have been on many rounds of it.

I hope they can come up with something that will help all of us with breathing difficulties that are struggling.

Let me know how you are doing.

 
Old 06-17-2007, 07:57 AM   #4
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Re: What is normal daily life with asthma/chronic bronchitis?

Thank you both SO MUCH. I just read somewhere that 55% of asthma patients feel their symptoms are not controlled. Do either of you - or anyone else - get hyperventillation if you try to "keep going" when you begin having heavy breathing? I don't ever wheeze; I just get short of breath. If I continue any physical activity, it gets worse until I begin to hyperventillate. This is NOT due to anxiety. I am so smoothed out by the meds I've always taken for chronic depression and a little social anxiety - I KNOW when I'm getting psychosomatic symptoms. And the hyperventillation comes only when I continue to try to finish the shopping, or climb the steps with the laundry basket, or complete straightening up the house in spite of getting more and more breathless. Does this happen to anybody else with asthma? BTW, I take Advair 500/50, Singular 10 mg., Flonase, Zyrtec & Albuterol for attacks. Thx again, Jasthma

 
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