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Old 05-14-2011, 05:45 PM   #1
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Question Waking up wheezing and short of breath.

Hi..I'm just getting over broncitus and every morning I wake up having a Asthma attack....it's not a nice way to start the day and it's very very tiring ......I lay there from 4am onward trying to calm my wheezing and sucking back on my ventolin...My bedroom is spotless and dust free so I know it's not that I've upped my steroids and I'm still waking up like this every morning ...any suggestions wouild be welcome..........

 
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Re: Waking up wheezing and short of breath.

Try the ventolin before bedtime.

 
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Re: Waking up wheezing and short of breath.

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Try the ventolin before bedtime.
....I've tried it already sadly...Ventolin keeps me awake and only last for a few hours at the most and wears me out even more(even less sleep then)......see my problem now ? Thanks for responding though Titcho!!

 
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Re: Waking up wheezing and short of breath.

Well, you could ask your doctor for a long-acting bronchiodilator, like the ones in Advair or Symbicort. (Unless you are already taking that.) I find that Symbicort usually keeps my lungs open for about 10 hours.

Also, do you have a wedge pillow or something, to let you sleep in a more sitting-up position?

 
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Re: Waking up wheezing and short of breath.

Already on Advair and it's not doing the trick......

 
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Re: Waking up wheezing and short of breath.

It could be that you are dealing with more than just asthma if all your other strategies aren't working for you.

Acid reflux can also get worse at night for some people. The acid can come up "silently" in a gaseous form and can irritate the lungs causing asthma symptoms as well.

A few years ago, when I couldn't get my asthma under control, I went to see a new Pulmonologist. He had me do an Esophagram and Modified Barium Swallow test. They have you eat and drink items with barium. They then watch to see what happens during the chewing, swallowing and digestion process via a video x-ray. Even thought I wasn't feeling the acid reflux, the x-ray actually showed the acid hitting my lungs.

It took a combination of intense treatment for both acid reflux and asthma at the same time to get things back under control. Unfortunately, for me it usually takes a while to get things back in balance.

Have you tried raising your headboard? About 6 inches up might help some.

Also, when my asthma is bad, I add in Singulair and use of a nebulizer for the albuterol as well.

Might be something worth considering.
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