this is no life for a 19 year old girl! well gonna be 20 4/28! something has got to give!

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   Posted 4/20/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont know how much i can take anymore. i was doing so good for 2 days feeling a little normal.. even went to target... sounds crazy compared to i used to club every night and was out and about day and night with no problems. i feel so ugly and depressed. i went from beauty queen to the depressed ugly duckling i was sooooo normal!!! my boyfriend is starting to look at other girls becuase i havnt been doing all the things i used to. im even afraid to have sex so its been 4 weeks. when it used to be an everyday thing. im afraid im gonna get an asthma attack and die during sex. my boyfriend is ok with it but i know hes sad. im happy to be alive but im so sick of this life... i go around perfume and have "asthma attacks" if thats what it even is.. i mean is it possible i can go from wearing a bottle of perfume a day 3 weeks ago... and now if i think i smell it my breathing goes off? and then i do my inhaler i panic i feel like passing out and i feel like im getting no breaths at all? ive been to so many doctors.. always perscribing new meds that i get sicker from. im going crazy in bed day and night!!!!!!! what can i do ? what is safe to do right now? it seems like nothing outside my door is safe anymore.
need advice! confused

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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
As with any long term illness, depression can go hand in hand with asthma, I'd recommend you
try to find either a good physcologist or pyshciarists (SP?) as it can help, and finding a good one can take time, took me over 5 years
to find a good one, and you have to be willing to work with it too...
It can take awhile to find the right medicine combo for you, but don't give up yet, you'll find one..start making a list of all that you've tried and
the reactions and take it with you to your doctors appointment and go from there..
as for the perfume a lot of us have to stay away
from the perfume counters, like me, so your not alone there..
Lots of soft hugz to you and hope you find doctors that can work good with you........
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   Posted 4/29/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Crystal, Have you seen a pulmonologist, a lung specialist?  This should be your first step to get an appointment with a lung specialist who knows a lot about asthma.  Most PCPs really don't know the ins and outs of  prescribing the right inhalers.  You should have lung function tests to see where you are with asthma.  It sounds like you need a long term inhaler.  You have probably been using a rescue inhaler like a type of albuterol - Pro Air is the most common.  Rescue inhalers are not meant to be used every day.  That is why you need tests and a long term inhaler if your asthma is bad.  I have bad asthma and I use a long term inhaler called symbicort.  I use it twice a day.  I only rarely have to use my rescue inhaler.  The symbicort started working for me the first day I took it and I now breathe freely all the time.  Being unable to breathe well can certainly get you feeling depressed so finding a therapist would be a good idea.  If you need meds for depression you can see a psychiatrist just for medication prescriptions and then you can work with a therapist such as a psychologist.  Psychiatrists are very expensive and they are willing to work with you on meds as long as they know you are being helped by a therapist. Also, when using an inhaler do you use a spacer?  Using a spacer with the inhaler gets the medication in your lungs and not just sitting at the back of your mouth or on your tongue.  The spacer allows you to release the inhalent into it's chamber and then you breathe it in and the med goes straight to your lungs.  The dr. can explain it to you. You can buy a spacer at any pharmacy. Also, if you are panicky when you can't breathe you make it worse on your breathing so if you are having an asthma attack try to stay as calm as possible and stay still.  Sitting in an upright position helps as it keeps you lungs more open.  I hope this has helped you.  Please do get treatment and post how you are doing.  If you have any other questions I will be happy to answer you.


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   Posted 5/2/2009 4:32 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like your pulling a double doosey. You need a pulmonologist. Why? It sounds like you are having anxiety attacks while you are having a asthma attack. If you ever black out, you call 911 or get your tush the the ER. And dont be afraid of sex, my finacee had the same fear...that he would give me an attack. Just remember to pace yourself. You know what triggers your asthma, just stop and think. As for perfume, so what dont wear it. You want to? Then try body sprays of milder kinds. Even try lavendar. I have had double attacks like that before, it is scary. And honey, if your boyfriend is looking for other chicks cuz you dont want to do what he wants then he aint worth it. When you will meet the right man, they are there for you, understanding, compassionate, loving, a friend, and the owner of your heart. You feel this like electric pulse when you touch at times, complete each other sentences, know what they are thinking (he still gets me on that and I do him), faithful, doesnt cheat, loving you for who you are. I'm sorry that men can be jerks at time (no offense to the guys here hehe)
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