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    Old 11-27-2016, 04:21 AM   #1
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a 26 year old male, reaching out for any help I can find and writing to this forum hoping for some advice on what I can do with my asthma at the minute, because it hasn't felt in control since early November, even with my usual asthma pumps (the brown and the blue ones), and i've had a number of bad asthma attacks since early Nov.

    History: I've had asthma since I was 14 years old (had a bad phase of it then) and since then i've been on the usual medications, eg. the pumps. Since the age of 14 it's been fairly ok and in control but i'm now 26, and this Winter it seems to have hit me harder than it has ever hit me.

    For the last 3 weeks i've found it so hard to concentrate on my normal day to day activities :- at work (which is 45 minute drive away from home and my local doctors) I am unable to focus when I have the asthma and have to take time out to go to the toilet to calm myself down (especially at times when the asthma itself is bad because the feeling of not being able to breathe enough is terrifying), i've made multiple calls to the doctors, who ring me back in due course but I don't feel like they're taking this seriously enough.

    This Friday I had a really bad asthma attack - I had managed to drive myself home but there was no one in the house, and I couldn't find any phones to contact people. The house phone had no batteries in it, my iphone has (ironically) stopped working and have had to send it for repairs, so I desperately got my laptop up and logged in ********. Thankfully my Dad and her partner were round the corner and came straight away - but I was a mess!!!! They took me to their house and it took 2.5 hours roughly to stop the attack and to calm me down and for things to be back to normal. In that time, I felt like all the circulation in my hands and legs had gone, I felt dizzy, I could barely move, I was anxious as hell because it took ages to feel like I could breathe normally, I was in a state for a long time. My partner lives 1.5 hours away so she couldn't get to me straight away, but at least I had some family around, they got me just at the right time before things got so much worse.

    I'm contemplating having time off work / or working from home until I improve, (If it improves) just to make sure i'm local while the asthma is so bad and i'm closer to getting the help if I need it, If I could help it I didn't want to do this, but at the moment it feels like I have no choice, because at times the asthma will just attack me so suddenly and if i'm 45 minutes away? What's the point at being in work anyway when the asthma is affecting my concentration so much? When it happens I feel useless, and don't know what to do with myself!!! And obviously don't want that kind of burden to be there at the workplace.

    On the same evening of my asthma attack, I slept alright because I was exhausted, but since Friday night i've had problems getting to sleep - fearing that the asthma will get me in my sleep or something. On Saturday I did have bad asthma again and my partner was with me, so she took me to A&E. The thing is at the time I wasn't suffering from the asthma and so, everything appeared normal - and was sent away. They seemed unhappy with the amount of the puffs I was having of the blue inhaler (10+ a day) and the Prednisolone steroids my doctor diagnosed me with to try and build my immune system back up. There is nothing worse than being sent home knowing your asthma is so serious at the time it happens.

    I had a cold about 2/3 weeks ago but it was only a mild one... ever since that week i've not been the same, and the asthma has just been terrible. This last week I also had what I think was a chest virus, or Laryngitis because I lost my voice for a few days.

    I don't know what to do, and I just want to get better soon and have things back to normal, and be able to breathe again in any circumstances. There are times when, due to my lifestyle, I have no choice to go outside to walk my dog and of course going to work - i'm never in the same place in one day and am usually always travelling to work and back.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, because it's reaching a point where it's not just getting me down, but I am fearing for my life in the long term - the asthma is really THAT bad. But only for the last 3 weeks

    Help! And please prey for me and for this to get better

     
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    Old 11-27-2016, 06:11 AM   #2
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    Re: My asthma has been really bad for 3 weeks?

    Sorry you had this issue. Some things that you did not mention and you may have just left them out. Do you use a daily asthma preventer(a steroid inhaler)? Do you have a rescue inhaler(albuterol)? And lastly, do you have an Asthma Action Plan?

     
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    Old 11-27-2016, 09:27 AM   #3
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    Re: My asthma has been really bad for 3 weeks?

    Hey, my usual medication is Qvar Beclometasone Dipropionate (brown preventer inhaler) and should I be struggling worse the blue rescue inhaler is a Salamol/Salbutamol. I don't have an Asthma Action Plan at the moment. I have also been taking steroids for five days (Saturday being my last day) and had 8x Prednisolone tablets all at once, for five days. I don't know if that was a good move from my doctor or not, because since i've been taking those my anxiety has been a lot higher, and have felt much weaker and dizzier.

    Thankfully today is the best day i've had in a while but even on a day like today, i've had moments where i've felt dizzy/queazy and anxious about the asthma getting worse. It has definitely reached that vicious circle where if I feel breathless, the anxiety will come on because of the extent of the previous asthma attacks.

    At the minute I seem to be extremely asthmatic in the workplace and that's where I spend most of my time - it's an office building, but generally has gotten so bad anyway that it could happen at any given place and any time.

    Half of the battle is the anxiety, but a lot of that wouldn't be there if it wasn't for the asthma itself. There are many times when I don't feel in control of the asthma when it decides to be difficult for me, because it will happen so quickly and suddenly and in times like those, my current medication doesn't seem to be doing enough to keep my breathing in check.

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    Old 11-27-2016, 10:25 AM   #4
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    Re: My asthma has been really bad for 3 weeks?

    THere are many inhalers on the market. You just may need a change to a different one. They don't always work permanently for folks. You also need an action plan so that when you get a cold or other respiratory event you can treat it properly. The side effects you state from the oral steroids are normal. They should go away in time. I'd ask for a re-evaluation of the Qvar and a written plan.

     
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    Old 11-28-2016, 02:21 AM   #5
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    Re: My asthma has been really bad for 3 weeks?

    Thanks for your advice, I have an appointment tomorrow with an asthma nurse at my local doctors, so I will explain to her about the recent attacks and also ask about the action plan, and see about getting an alternative to the Qvar. So far this morning I haven't felt too bad, but I occasionally get a bit squeaky and it can be pretty sore and achy when I cough, I guess that's just due to how hard i've had to work to keep breathing normal.

    I've decided to go in work today and try not to worry and just kinda see how I get along. I don't want this to reach a point where I fear going out or going to work, because that would bring its own problems. Hopefully the asthma isn't occupational and it's just down to the recent chest virus and from taking the steroids. For now i'm keeping my fingers crossed that i'll have a better week!

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    Old 11-29-2016, 04:58 AM   #6
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    Re: My asthma has been really bad for 3 weeks?

    Update Tue 29/11/16 :- So went to see the asthma Nurse today. Explained the whole situation of last week and the weekend, and the random anxiety that keeps coming back and forth. I have been put on a Symbicort Turbohaler - and should have 2 of those every morning and evening. Plus the usual blue inhaler if/when I need it.

    I do have an action plan - and have to take one of those tube breathometers - and keep recording it through the month so I have a record of how i'm getting on.

    Hopefully these things will help me, but still keep getting a wave of anxiety come over me and getting really sweaty palms at random times / and breathlessness, which i'm not sure is related to the asthma. Seems to me like my body will keep randomly panicking since Friday's attack, not wanting it to happen again and so on. I've now gone in to work and keep feeling real weird - hopefully I will calm down as the day goes on. Any further tips for keeping my breath strong and calming down during anxiety attacks would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully this will start to wear off...

     
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