Does asthma makes you feel down?

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Joan M
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   Posted 1/5/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes  Feel I have done a lot to make my asthma better eyes Got a viral mess now and finding it hard to cope.  VERY VERY TIRED.  Does asthma ever make you feel unhappy, like you are not up to snuff. Think that I pick up every bug that's around.  eyes

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   Posted 1/6/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Joan it does.  When your chest is heavy and the least little bit of exertion is hard on you, it's depressing.  But, just know that you will get over this hump and you will feel better again.  Is it cold where you live?  It is here and on top of that the wind has been blowing too.  I have been trying to just stay in unless I absolutely have to get out.  Believe me, you are not alone.  Do you use a nebulizer?
 
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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   

I have had this same feeling before.  I had a bad sinus infection that caused havoc with my Asthma.  It is like with Asthma you get twice as sick as if you weren't Asthmatic.  I am glad I don't have the flu.  I would be in the hospital.

Feel better everybody.  We can't survive without you!!!


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Joan M
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   Posted 1/6/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
On Friday it was 7 degrees around 6 pm which means it was below twenty at night...it is supposed to get up to 60 degrees on Tuesday. I notice a lot of people are having problems speaking, my throat is very dry and I am very wiped out. I live near the Hudson River right outside Albany, New York. Am so tired....tired...yes I use advair as an inhaler. I have a nebulizer too just in case. My peak flow meter shows me to be pretty good on my breathing. Where are you another day? macrip3...be sure to get a flu shot every year.

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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Joan,
 
I'm in KY.  Today it was in the 50's, but is has been down in the 20's this week with the wind blowing hard.  When it's real cold, I stay in unless I just have to get out.  When I was still working, my doctor's orders were that I could not get out until it got up to 20 degrees.  When I worked for a nice person, he was fine with that, but he retired and the next person was not so nice.  I gave it to him in writing from my allergist and he had to deal with it.
 
I always cover my nose and mouth when I'm outside when it's cold, and that's only to go to the car and wherever I'm going.
 
For any new asthma patients, the combination of inhaling that cold air while you are walking can be very dangerous.  Be careful and remember to cover your face.
 
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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I can always tell when my asthma is starting to flare up, I get in a irritable mood. Usually I am very outgoing and happy all the time, but as soon as it starts to bother me I get quite and moody. So I know what you mean. Every since I was diagnosed with asthma last year it seems like I get sick more then I used to. It seems like I catch every little cold. Does being asthmatic make you more prone to colds and other illnesses?
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   Posted 1/6/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  yes it does, alot lateley in fact. I'm 46 1/2 yrs old and have had an increasingly uphill battle with asthma since being diagnosed at 6mos of age. I have felt very shut out and depressed most of my life. just when i think  i'm doing better WHAM! another set back that seems to take forever to recover from and i don't usually have a full recovery. I know it sounds like I'm whining it's because i am. I hate this disease and the way western medicine has treated asthma and most other chronic illnesses by promiting the use of more , newer, "better" drugs, which help me very little for the most part, mostly they help me survive another day when really i want to do more than just survive-I want to live. I'm open to suggestions. thanks for reading. i wish everyone in this chat room better breathing from the bottom
 of my heart. peace.

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   Posted 1/7/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hi joan..i understand your feelings of unhappiness when trying to fight this awful disease.i have had it for 20 yrs plus. i have had times when i just couldnt face another day and became very depressed ,lost lots of weight and looked a right mess.My doc who i had been treated by for 20 yrs retired and i was taken over by a young doc who gave me a complete medical check.the results showed i was resistant to the old meds id been taking, allergic to most household products and some foods.she change the  medication and i now avoid certain foods and the results have been amazing.my whole life has changed and i am swimming 1/2 mile again[did that till 45]
and walking 2 miles a day.We are so lucky in uk to havethe opportunity for these checks.i see doc every 6 months and asthma checks are made,blood tests done to check liver,kidneys etc and any changes made...so far have a clean bill of health even though i still get the occasional wheeze in cold weather.i have set up an asthma group,with support of my doc,in my area and we meet once a month and have a laugh at the pub or go to the theatre ...no one is allowed to get to down..there is always someone to phone and talk too.why not try this it works..be happy and breathe easy and remember you are not on your own...all the best groovey. smurf

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   Posted 1/7/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
allergic to earth said...
confused  yes it does, alot lateley in fact. I'm 46 1/2 yrs old and have had an increasingly uphill battle with asthma since being diagnosed at 6mos of age. I have felt very shut out and depressed most of my life. just when i think  i'm doing better WHAM! another set back that seems to take forever to recover from and i don't usually have a full recovery. I know it sounds like I'm whining it's because i am. I hate this disease and the way western medicine has treated asthma and most other chronic illnesses by promiting the use of more , newer, "better" drugs, which help me very little for the most part, mostly they help me survive another day when really i want to do more than just survive-I want to live. I'm open to suggestions. thanks for reading. i wish everyone in this chat room better breathing from the bottom
 of my heart. peace.
Allergic to earth, Welcome to HealingWell. Are you on Xolair injections by any chance?  My asthma is severe, but at least I don't have any ER visits or hospital stays due to asthma.  I know it is depressing to get over one round just in time to be hit again with it.  I have had to take a lot of Prednisone.  I am 56 and was just diagnosed about six years ago.  You might ask your doctor about Xolair.
 
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   Posted 1/8/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   

boy I wish I were in the uk...we have nothing like that around here.  but we do have this wonderful forum to talk to each other on.  My asthma is moderate but I am a very allergic person.  I have a futon with a special covering , special coverings on bed and pillows and I have tile floors.  Am doing pretty good on my peak flow meter but I am very tired from this virus.  Tomorrow it is supposed to rain and then we will have the deep freeze again.  Our average temperature is 30 degrees and today was 61. 

take care of yourselves everybody.

 


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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Joan,
 
Have you asked your doctor about Xolair?
 
It's warm here again today also.  Crazy weather!
 
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Joan M
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   Posted 1/9/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Is xolair like singulair??...which has really helped me. I am going to goggle it, thanks Carla. Man this weather is more than crazy it is insane. But I guess you got to look on the bright side...heating bill will go down.

I am feeling a little better today. So long for now.

AnmlCrazey
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   Posted 1/9/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey People!
 
Well I am yet another asthma suffer. I had a really bad attack today while driving on the highway during rush hour. I had my daughter with me too, who is autistic, yet another battle I had to face, while I fought to breathe sad . All I could think of is PLEASE GOD help me get better and do not let her know Mommy is sick. It hit me like a blow to the head, the weather has been crazy here too going from 40's to high 60's. Wow, everyone else is so happy the weather is nice, but nope I get the worst of it all. It just sent me into an instant attack. I felt dizzy and felt like I was going to black out. So, it was then that I pulled over to the side of the road and gain air back. I didn't know if this was the one, that was going to send me to the ER or if I was going to make it back home safely. Luckily, I called a friend to pray for me and prayed to God and we made it through AMEN. The scariest thing ever and now I am so down. It was only about two weeks ago, I got pnuemonia and the doctor had me on 40mg of prednisone and 400mg of Avelox, which made me itch all over my whole body and eat like I was pregnant.
 
I am getting really upset, with this illness and want out of NJ so badly, but I do not see that happening until the next few years, if I even make it that long, so I pray. I know I do not like being hooked up to my nebulizer 4 times a day, just to be normal. So, sick of suffering, I want to be free, I want to be normal, I want to BREATHE, wow, is that too much to ask LOL. I want to live and breathe at the same time, not something I can do very often. I already on advair 500/50,singular, nexium 40mg, rescue inhailer, and my machine when needed, which has been a lot lately. I have to conserve my air if I want to talk and if I want to breathe I cannot talk, atleast for today when these bad attacks hit me. I guess I should stop complaining, I am alive tonight. I am sorry guys, i just really need people to talk to, who understands. My husband and his family have no idea what I go through and i just feel very alone many days. I am glad I am not alone here. Hope to get to know you all a lot better.
 
Andrea 

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   Posted 1/12/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
hi...amicrazy...that is what this board is for and a lot of people just say oh asthma, everybody's got that.. parts of nj can be very polluted. i know because brooklyn sure was and i worked in the printing business too...pollution city.

allergic to earth...thank goodness i have some good days because this is a very hard thing to have more or less full time.

another day...i am going to stick with singulaire/advair/flonase and not ask for anything new. I also take nexium for the reflux which is part of the whole mess I guess.

PEACE

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   Posted 1/12/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Joan M said...
Is xolair like singulair??...which has really helped me. I am going to goggle it, thanks Carla. Man this weather is more than crazy it is insane. But I guess you got to look on the bright side...heating bill will go down.

I am feeling a little better today. So long for now.
Xolair is not at all like singulair.  Xolair works by blocking immunoglobuulin E, IgE.  It is a monthly injection, which runs around $10,000 per year for severe asthma patients.  Insurance companies seem to be paying for it in comparison to the high cost of ER visits and in-patient hospital stays.  It is certainly worth asking your doctor about.

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   Posted 1/13/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going to call the doctors' office soon. I am too tired and it hurts to swallow. I do not have severe asthma...it is only moderate. I have my peak flow meter to go by. My throat hurts so much it is hard to swallow and I am very tired too. I might have a secondary infection so that is why I will call my doc's office. We are supposed to get another weather change today...oy vei iz me!

I have never been hospitalized for asthma and only went to the ER one time.

PEACE IN OUR TIME.

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   Posted 1/13/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Andrea,
 
Welcome to HealingWell.  Boy, what a day for you.  Do you have a portable nebulizer that you can use in your car?  That's the only one I use.  I use it at home and then always toss it in the car with me.  It plugs into the cigarette lighter or whatever that spot in the car is now.  Do they even put cigarette lighters in cars any more?  I am not trying to advertise, but I use the Omron Com Air Elite.  It even works much faster than the larger ones.  They cost around $100 or less.  I bought mine locally, but you can find them on-line.  It sounds like you definitely need some type of portable one.
 
We are happy to have you here with us.  I would imagine you are exhausted.
 
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macrip3
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   Posted 1/14/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello, Everybody

  I am going to have to see this puminologist of mine on the 28th.  I am sooo tired.  Today it was in the 40's and 50's all day.  I have been having breathing problems all day in addition to my injured neck hurting. 
 
I am soo tired all the time.  I have almost no energy.  I have been sooo tired, weak and dizzy. 

WHY ME????


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   Posted 1/14/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Macrip,
 
You are not the only one suffering from symptoms from asthma.  Yes, it does cause fatigue.  Have you spoken to your doctor to see if you may also be suffering from depression?  I know you and I have communicated a lot and your total focus in life seems to be your health, that's why I think it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor about maybe taking something for depression.  I take Celexa.  I'm sure there are others on this forum that take something for depression.
 
Most of us on HealingWell have multiple illnesses and we can't dwell on it day and night; it won't accomplish anything.
 
Please know I am here for you as are others on this board, but one pity party after another is not going to accomplish anything.  Please see your doctor and see if he thinks an anti-depressant would benefit you.  I am sorry to be so blunt, but you and I have had a lot of communications and you are still at the same place.
 
Macrip, I would like to see you happy and well.
 
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   Posted 1/16/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
hi carla...yes i definately agree with you. i take generic zoloft everyday - 100 mg. I also have other chronic illness problems. I am so excited that my appetite is up today. I am looking forward to grocery shopping and going to the dentist tomorrow. I am also looking forward to a full day on friday. I love to be busy and want to be an activist for the aarp divided we fail campaign but I have to find out from a neurologist about my post shingles pain syndrome. I have to see the neurologist next tuesday and see if he can give me some good advice as to my future syndrome on that. so long gang and PEACE

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   Posted 1/16/2008 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Joan.  Macrip is very young and I want to see him have a productive life.  Today I did nothing but just lay on the couch, but that's just one day this week.  I don't do that every day.  I am going to get involved in the fund raising for the KY Epilepsy Foundation.  I moderate on this board and one other one.  I spend time with my daughters and my three beautiful grandchildren and need to fit more time in with my friends.  I don't want to let these illnesses let me become a couch potato, even though I am almost 57, I'm not ready for that yet.
 
So, Joan, I'm with you, let's keep going!  We will have our down days and then get back up.
 
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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
absolutely...went for a walk and drive today...saw the dentist and have lots to do tomorrow. I have been an activist with NOW and AARP but at the moment I am reading up on the shingles and waiting for my meeting with the neurologist next week. Friday am playing scrabble, getting my feet taken care of and going to a book club party in the evening.

the weather is playing havoc on a lot of people though and I am sympathetic about that one.  take care of yourselves everybody eyes eyes eyes

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   Posted 1/18/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
It's too cold here to get out and exercise, if that's what you mean.  I am going to try to make myself start (slowly) doing some walking at a church nearby that has a gym.  I know it would help me in so many ways.
 
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   Posted 1/19/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
eyes  You know Carla I was so confused with the wind chill factor as they call it...it might have been 7 wind chill but I spoke with a guy at the local grocery and he said it had not gone down below 4 degrees. I am just taking it day by day and checking my meter and stuff. The coxaschie virus knocked me out for 2 months. Hope I don't get the norwalk thing too. I am hanging in today and watching videos. Lyrica (pain medicine) and the pain syndrome made me very spacey.  eyes Peace.

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