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Old 07-17-2017, 08:00 AM   #1
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Question Trying to get Asthma under control

So for the past 4 months I've been dealing with what my Pulmo thinks is asthma. Any advice in managing asthma? as those with the condition know, it's a frustrating situation and some of the comments and advice on this board are awesome!

Here is im case (which I'm trying to get under control)!
As a child I had a minor period of asthma. Maybe a year or 2 and it went away. I've had allergies most of my life to shellfish and the common airborne (dust, pollen, cat/dog dander) but I've never had to use medication. Just was able to deal with the runny some and itchy eyes.

Starting this March I was in a job that was very dusty! I started to feel some chest tightness and soon after SOB. This is when I started to visit doctors! First I went to a GP, which told me it could be reactive air disease and to give it some time to heal. Had an X-ray done. Totally normal with no signs of acute issues.A month later, still with the same symptoms, I visited a Pulmo. He decided to put me on QVAR-80 (2 puffs a day), had a spiro done (normal but it said my lugs age was 40, in a 30yr male), also did some blood work all came back normal and the allergens did show up again.
After 2weeks on Qvar, I felt a tad better, but still not the same with the constant tightness (I get SOB but I can run and do my daily tasks with minor issues). I decided to go back to my GP to chat about this and get a second opinion to ensure I'm on the right track. He agreed with the plan, we did a spiro (numbers improved), did and EKG (normal), and checked my oxygen sat (99%, I'm always 99-100% at the Dr office!). He recommended Breo but as I was still using the QVAR I have yet to use the Breo. He also prescribed Singulair.

Here 4weeks later, and I'm still in the same position. I started taking Singulair (generic brand) a few days ago to see its impact. I delayed the use since I've read a number of bad side effects, but I am interested to see if it further helps my situation! I'd been using Allegra 24hr, but I stopped using it once I started with the Singulair.

On top of this, I've uppped my vitamins intake, started on an anti inflammatory diet, and bought Hepa filters both for my Office and Home. I do have a recuse ProAir inhaler and have not had to use it since on the QVaR.

I hope I am able to get this situation under control!!
Stay healthy my friends!

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Old 07-17-2017, 08:13 AM   #2
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re: Trying to get Asthma under control

I have always been diagnosed with exercise induced asthma so when is started running 9 years ago it was a challenge to keep going. I found deep breathing slowing in and out while I ran made a big difference as well as taking my puffer right before I headed out.

I have now got my breathing in control and there are only certain times aka very humid weather when I cough and get SOB. I went to a respiratory therapist who insisted exercising has no impact on improving your asthma (I was there as my daughter has the same thing); however I found for myself running improves your lung capacity therefore you struggle less for air. Idk it worked for me. I don't run at the moment due to something else going on atm but I hope to get back to it.

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Old 07-17-2017, 09:05 AM   #3
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re: Trying to get Asthma under control

I agree about the running! I struggle at the beginning of the run but feel so much better after!!!
Hope you get back at it! Thanks for the reply!

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