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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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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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Old 07-24-2017, 11:18 AM   #4
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Re: Trying to get Asthma under control

Thanks I hope so too because I am sad looking at my running gear, as I can't walk much less run (although I tried twice). Have a bone in my cervical spine C5 and C6 with diminished fluid that has caused nerve damage and weakness to the lower half and waiting on a neurosurgeon in 1-2 years who may or may not do surgery.

Just bought my new pair of runners too when it went all down hill. Didn't know I had plantar fasciitis and heel bursitis either until I was made to stop. Ran an 18K on Tues March 29th, next day that was it. I will get back to it!

Good luck with you too!

 
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Old 07-24-2017, 04:52 PM   #5
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Re: Trying to get Asthma under control

HouseRed my doctor put me on Breo today instead of QVAR. I feel a lot better. She said its long acting as it contains 2 drugs.

Did they give you a time frame for expected improvement? Is it possible that the spiro test improvement is a sign of healing but the sob is just showing that you still have a ways to go?

 
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:25 PM   #6
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No word on how long to wait until I get better. I was just told that some medicines can take months to take full effect!

I'm glad the Breo is working for you! My doctor did say that is another option I can try if I don't see any more improvement or are unsatiesfied with the QVAR!

 
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:09 PM   #7
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Re: Trying to get Asthma under control

Do you have mucous in your lungs and allergic asthma or is it believed to be related to the dust issue?

I've had a hard time understanding my issue until today. That I was exposed to chemical lung irritants and my lungs are irritated and inflamed and that the dr thinks it will go away - I won't need inhalers if I avoid the irritant in time to keep my lungs from being damaged. Maybe the dust is something along those lines for you atypical asthma?

 
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:11 AM   #8
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Re: Trying to get Asthma under control

Hannah1492,
Yeah that's what my doctor thought! At First he thought it was more of a reactive airway problem.

I'm being optimistic that with some health style changes and some of the medication mentioned in this thread I can get back to normal.

I feel ok and have notice improvement and on top of that none of my daily activities are affected with this "thing".

Things will get better

Glad your situation is improving too!

 
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Old 07-25-2017, 11:20 AM   #9
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Thanks for the positive attitude!

 
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Re: Trying to get Asthma under control

I'm just wondering if you're in touch with your pulmo about how you're doing with your symptoms? When I was first diagnosed and started treatment, I saw my allergist once a week for about a month, then every other week, then monthly, etc until I started getting control. We changed meds, added meds and added allergy shots. All in all I think it took about 18 months before I had what was considered good control. Hang in there, keep in touch with your pulmo, and keeping track of your symptoms can really help.

 
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