Iíd love if I could pick a few of your brains on an asthma issue I have.
Quick background: I am currently 27. Diagnosed with asthma (mainly for DUST) and allergies at a young age but never had to use regular medicines. Just respiratory colds that sometimes required antibiotics/steroids/etc. Inhalers very occasionally. Allergy medicine occasionally.
About 2 years ago I got a stomach virus for a month. I was finally recovering from that in January when I got a cold and it turned into walking pneumonia/bronchitis. I took a z-pack for 10 days and it finally cleared up but it took about a month. Then, 6 months later, I got walking pneumonia again and it cleared up after a while of taking medicine.
Never been so sick with crap like that ever.
I havenít had the bad bronchitis stuff sinceÖ But I have worse asthma symptoms. During allergy season (and sometimes not) when I lay down in bed, I get so wheezy that I can barely breathe. I have to get up and use my albuterol inhaler. (Iím thinking we should also get a new mattress to make sure itís not dust bunnies; itís 7 years old.) I go downstairs and sort through clothes that have some dust on them and get wheezy and have to use my inhaler. The other night I woke myself up because I honestly couldnít breathe and had to find my inhaler. Now, in the colder air (it is now in the 40ís in MN), I walk just a short distance and my chest just tightens. Have to use my inhaler. (And it gets MUCH colder than the 40's here.) I do have a nebulizer and albuterol at home and use it when I get really junky during a cold.
Could it be the walking pneumonia (twice) that weakened my lungs?
I probably just have worse asthma now?
I am probably a very good candidate to get a flu shot now, right? (Iím not good at getting that yearly.)
Should I suggest (the next time I go to the doctor) to try a prescription for Advair? (Something that is more of a preventative measure?) Or are there any other good/new prescriptions for that out there?
Thank you so much for any tips or advice!!!!
My baby doc told me once I took my lungs for granted. And I think this is very true.