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.
Since you had already had asthma as a child, the fact that walking pneumonia can also cause asthma is a double whammy for you. My advice is to see a pulmonologist for a full work up, get an asthma action plan and follow it. You could also get allergy testing and follow whatever plan will control them - zyrtec or claritin or something daily at the very least. Sounds like your symptoms could be under control with daily preventive meds.
I would definately go to an asthma specialist. I never knew how much a controller (Advair for me) could make a difference in my life! I used to wheeze terribly all the time and just try to do my rescue inhailer!!! Such a bad idea - the controller helps me keep from going to the "bad place" most of the time. I hope you can get an appointment and help soon!!!!
There is a way for you to control your asthma without all those medications. I actually stopped taking Advair because it was giving me palpitations throughout the day and two panic attacks (I have never ever had panic attacks until I started taking Advair. I am petite and my pulmonologist had told me that petite women do not do well with Advair.
Also, there have been studies that Advair has contributed to asthma related deaths. Advair does reduce the frequencey of asthma attacks, but they are more severe.
Anyway, mainstream medicine is suppressive and not curative. I can go on and on about different things to try, but basically I have been following a regimen for the last 4 months and it has helped me and my asthmatic friends. I take omega-3 supplements (reduces inflammation). I also take 5000mg of vitamin C (natural antihistamine) daily and bunch of other supplements, but those are the two main ones for asthma. Be patient, they take a little longer to work than drugs, but I noticed a difference starting at 1-2 weeks. Also, diet plays a huge role. Asthma is chronic inflammation and if you really want to reduce your asthmatic symptoms, you have to be willing to make lifestyle changes such as diet. Elect an anti-inflammatory diet. Ever since I started doing those 2 things, I have noticed a huge improvement. My friend has been an asthmatic for 10 years and used to use his albuterol 4 times a day, EVERY single day and now he has not even used his inhaler for almost 2 months.
These methods do not have the side effects of mainstream medicine and is more effective, at least for me.
I had a similar experience with bronchitis. I had exercise induced asthma as a child and grew out of it. I didn't really have any asthma problems as an adult until I was 28 and got bronchitis. The Dr told me I had mild asthma for years and didn't know and the bronchitis made it flare up. Since then I have had to be on a daily preventative med. I take Flovent, which is just the steroid portion of Advair. You may just need the steroid and not a combination med like Advair.
Definitely discuss with the Dr as soon as you can, a daily med will greatly improve your quality of life! Good luck.
If you had asthma as a child you probably never totally got rid of it. It just flared back up.
You should talk to you dr about a daily preventative, ovoid sudden temp changes and worm up more slowly prior to working out.
If you're getting asthma more than once a week, you should really give a preventive medication a try. Too much ventolin is not good for your heart. It's really meant to be an emergency relieving treatment, not an everyday thing. Are you on allergy meds? They just gave me singulair, which says it's for asthma AND allergies. (btw, you've had two serious respiratory illnesses in a fairly short period - they've weakened your lungs and made them a lot more sensitive, which means your doctors should be taking that into account in treating you and giving you a preventer med.)
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