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still tweaking, still okay.

Posted 09-06-2010 at 03:14 PM by janewhite1

So tomorrow is the first day of school, and I'm just about read for a new crop of students. I can't ever remember starting school so tired, though!

Symbicort + Asmanex seems to mess up my throat whether I take them separately or together. Maybe the high-dose Symbicort won't be so bad. Or maybe in a few more weeks, when pollen counts drop, I'll be okay on the lower dose steroid, which my throat tolerates.

Got more allergy shots tomorrow afternoon. Have to explain...
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Still working on the solution

Posted 09-05-2010 at 07:32 AM by janewhite1

So it's clear that two puffs of Symbicort 80/4.5 once a day is not enough steroid. Which I told the doctor when he prescribed it. The nearest I've come to satisfactory control was Advair 250/50 twice a day, and that's a MUCH higher steroid dose. I cut back due to side effects, and my asthma symptoms increased when I cut back on the Advair. (But it was making my stomach so sick I really had no choice.)

I tried taking a second dose of Symbicort, and that made me very over-stimulated....
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Good to know

Posted 09-02-2010 at 09:02 PM by janewhite1

Two doses of Symbicort + work stress = total freak out melt down at 7 am.

Something to add to the list of allergy meds that can make me crazy.

I think maybe I'll stick to one Symbicort in the morning and one straight steroid at night.
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A few more pieces of the puzzle

Posted 09-01-2010 at 07:15 PM by janewhite1

1) After a few days of working absurdly well, the asthma is acting up again. I think the steroid dosage in my Symbicort is just way too low, which I told the doctor in the first place. Still, I took a second dose today and it cleaned the baby squirrel out of my chest. He kinda said I could do that. Or maybe I'd do better with Symbicort once a day and just a steroid once a day, because bronchiodilators tend to have side effects where I'm concerned.

2) Saw the GI doctor again...
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Still okay

Posted 08-30-2010 at 03:07 PM by janewhite1

Well, I posted a whole bunch of depressing entries about how my asthma was still awful, may as well post happy ones for balance.

Once again, I had a period of time in which my lungs felt like they did before I had asthma. That's 3 times in 4 days, as opposed to zero times in 4 months. Obviously, this combination of medicines is working!

Okay, I did use my inhaler once today. I was in a meeting and surrounded by people wearing too much perfume. Honestly, why do people...
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