Need advice & help with my asthma! Tried many things!

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   Posted 5/16/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Tried many things and I still have it.
When you have Asthma, are you supposed to feel it 24/7, or can it get reversed or controlled to the point where it will not interfere with your life?

I cannot run or exercize because my body feels too heavy and I can only walk light, or else I'll exacerbate it, and currently it feels like my chest is heavy and sore, and I've tried so many things and I still seem to can't get rid of it.
I'm CURRENTLY on zyrtec, singulair, atrovent, symbicort, nasonex, and prednisone/xopenex/albuterol as emergency inhalers.
I'm going to try out xyzol , a prescription antihistiamine, and Spiriva.
But it's not only affecting my physical health and severely impacting my life but,
my mental health too!
I'm alot more anxious, can't think clearly, and very very depressed, because I feel like I'm 80 years old with COPD!!

This really feels like copd, like my lungs are somehow altered.
I feel like I'm sick 24/7, and yet the doctors don't treat it like it's that serious.
Can someone please help me here?

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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Awww, I know how you feel. I am i my thirties and have felt the same way. I am actually trying to deal with the same issues now. One thing I am trying to do is figure out which medications help and which don't. How long have you had it and when did it start? Can you find any triggers for it? Do you have allergies?
I think trying to find out your triggers and allergies is a good start. Are you overweight? If so try losing some weight and adapting healthy eating habits. Look into antiinflammatory diets. Try to build up your immune system.
My experience is that doctors throw alot of medications at people because they don't know what else to do. These can be helpful but also have side effects. So if you are taking a ton of different medications some of those can also effect your mental state.
You may want to consider an antidepressant during this time. These types of things can be hard on your mental state and you might need some help while you are figuring it out. If you've only been feelig like this for a short time, under a year, don't get too stressed out. Seasonal allergies and bad bugs this year may be playing a part.
Your doctors should have given you a pulmonary test and I would want to be referred to an allergist for skin testing if you haven't yet. There are also delayed antibody tests for food allergies which can help people, a couple tests are the Eliza test and the ALCAT test. Good luck and hang in there. You will figure it out and feel better.

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   Posted 5/17/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   


For comparsion:

Symptoms of COPD

Primary symptoms of COPD include:

Shortness of breath during exercise

Shortness of breath at rest

Chronic cough especially in the morning

Cough production of sputum

COPD often begins after a person has been smoking for 10 years.  Symptoms are usually not noticeable, with the exception of a productive, chronic cough.  Usually after age 40, shortness of breath occurs during exertion.  Although it continues to worsen over time, it is often mistaken for a sign of aging and is usually dismissed.

All COPD patients have some degree of airway obstruction.  While symptoms and severity vary over time, a gradual deterioration takes place over the course of four to five years.  Repeated and increased productive coughing will begin to disable patients, who will eventually take longer to recover from the attacks, affecting the overall quality of life.

Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma signs and symptoms can range from mild to severe. You may have only occasional asthma episodes with mild, short-lived symptoms such as wheezing. In between episodes you may feel normal and have no difficulty breathing. Some people with asthma have chronic coughing and wheezing punctuated by severe asthma attacks.

Most asthma attacks are preceded by warning signs. Recognizing these warning signs and treating symptoms early can help prevent attacks or keep them from becoming worse.

Warning signs and symptoms of asthma in adults may include:

Increased shortness of breath or wheezing

Disturbed sleep caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing

Chest tightness or pain

Increased need to use bronchodilators medications that open up airways by relaxing the surrounding muscles

A fall in peak flow rates as measured by a peak flow meter, a simple and inexpensive device that allows you to monitor your own lung function . Reference: Mayo Clinic Fact Sheets.

I hope this info helps you in some small way.

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic 
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 5/17/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Guys this stuff does help alot so thank you. I'm so far amazed at how much caffeine/stimulants/green tea, etc seem to help my asthma. The new meds seem to be helping too.

I just think it's sad how painful and life-debilitating asthma is. you feel like you're suffering from lung cancer or some prolonged walking pneumonia sometimes. it's really horrible, and i can see why people die fromit.

if people die from asthma, and many at that, and if asthma itself is a painful and uncomfortable disease,

then WHY isn't it being taken more seriously?
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