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jr09
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   Posted 5/24/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having more problems than usual. I've been having severe coughing spells. My doc put me on Symbicort and Nasonex, already have rescue inhaler. A lot of post-nasal drip, until the Nasonex, it's helped a lot. But about every two hours I have a horrible coughing spell in which I do get a lot of stuff up out of my lungs. It seems like the Symbicort makes it worse. Is it supposed to? To help get stuff up maybe? How do you cope with going to work or even to the grocery? People want to call 911, they think I'm choking.

Stari
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   Posted 5/25/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't you just love it when a person wants to pat you on the back when you go into a coughing spell! I mutter "asthma attack". I always have water with me every where I go and it helps with the coughing spells. It might just be this time of year...like you I am having attacks but not coughing up anything.

Hope you fee better.

Hara
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   Posted 5/25/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been coughing for around 15 days now. My doc gave me Robotusis with Codine in it to help my coughing spells. I have nasonex to. I'm still sick...gurrrrrr
 
I've been taking Zyrtec to.
 
HARA

Hara
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   Posted 5/25/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh and coughing I don't think is a reason for people to call 911 thinking you aren't breathing...lol
 
I'd say when I am passed out on the floor ...then call 911.
 
HARA

Razzle
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   Posted 5/26/2009 2:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I would contact your doctor and let them know you are having these spells still despite the medications. There is a possibility the meds are enabling you to cough stuff up, but there is also the possibility that the meds are causing more problems. Only your doctor knows your case well enough to help determine what's going on. You may need a mucus thinner such as guaifenison to help...but do talk to your doctor first.

Good luck,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
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Chartreux
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   Posted 5/26/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Razzle, time to see the doctor...but the mucus thinner she mentioned can make the cough worse too..
Only other thing is to try to make sure your getting plenty of water to get it all broken down..
Post back when you can and sure hope your feeling better soon,,
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jr09
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   Posted 5/26/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so very much for your replies. I have an appointment tomorrow with my doc, so hopefully I'll know more of what's going on. I don't know anyone else who has asthma, and to have you read and answer me means a lot. When I'm coughing and hacking and feel I can't go out in public (but of course I have to and I do), just knowing I'm not the only one makes me feel better. I go a couple of months at a time where my only symptom is shortness of breath, and I don't have coughing or anything else. I'm TRYING to remember that now. lol.

Does anyone have coughing that is so hard you almost black out, and that lasts several minutes? Before this round, I only did this every now and then for a few days during bronchitis or pneumonia. This time it has been going on this hard for 3 weeks, I did have bronchitis for 3 months, but finally kicked the infection part with enough antibiotics and steroids. I don't mean to sound whiny, but I'm so glad to have anyone to talk to about this stuff. Thank You.

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/26/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Last time I had pneumonia, my coughing was aweful, could not lye down to sleep as I would cough and it
took a chest x-ray for the doctor to see the pneumonia...took me awhile to recover from it too.. about a month and
then I got ill with it again but not as bad and finally recovered after about two months, so I've very sorry your
going through this and you do have my empathies, and I sure hope your better soon, I'm wondering if yours has
rebounded on you too, something to ask the doctor about..
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jr09
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   Posted 5/31/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw a pulmonologist, did PFTs, confirmed asthma. Part of my coughing is coming from post nasal drip, from allergies, added Astepro and kept me on Symbicort and Nasonex. Also taking Zyrtec (stopped Claritin), guifenesin, Sudafed and Chlortabs. Also using neb with albuterol several times a day and rescute Xopenex. And Zoloft and Lisinoprel. Geez. Six months ago, I had a rescue inhaler and Zoloft. Seems like the more drugs I take the sicker I get. But I didn't have access to health care until a couple of months ago.
Coughing is a little better, but lost my voice completely yesterday. I think it's the Symbicort. I'm thinking about stopping the Symbicort for 2 or 3 days to see what happens. Anybody have this effect with Symbicort or do you think it's something else?

dencha
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   Posted 5/31/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi jr09,
You can lose your voice from excessive coughing as well...it always happens to me when I'm having trouble with asthma...of course just the pollen itself can cause my voice to get hoarse.

You're lucky you can get the inhaled meds you need to get your asthma/cough under control.
The pollens this time of year are difficult. The nebulizer is a great tool for keeping your airways open and getting out the mucous. You don't want it trapped in there, as it can get infected.

Just follow the doctor's orders, and you should get your cough/asthma better.
Good luck!
Denise

Hara
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   Posted 5/31/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the reason I'm still sick is because of the pollen. I went out swimming yesterday and then got really stuffed up by the night time.
 
HARA

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/31/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Try very warm salt water rinses and try to gargle, might help..but don't sto your medicines unless advised
by your doctor..Hope your feeling much better soon!
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Hara
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   Posted 5/31/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm getting an allergy shot (Depo Medrol) on Monday at work.
Thank goodness I work in a medical office.
 
HARA

Stari
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   Posted 6/2/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
You know when you're getting old when you have an asthma attack and wet your pants.

Hara
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   Posted 6/3/2009 4:11 AM (GMT -7)   
You know you are getting old when you are in public and have a coughing spell and wet yourself, and then you look around to see if anyone noticed...
 
HARA

dencha
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   Posted 6/3/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
No kidding...I can identify with that!
LOL
Denise

Aurora60
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   Posted 6/3/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   

jr09, I have bad asthma and I take symbicort.  When I went to the pulmonologist I had all the lung function tests and I was put on symbicort.  My breathing cleared up the very first day using the symbicort.  I was also given nasonex but it didn't do me any good.  I don't have a lot of coughing but I do always have to cough up phlegm in my throat.  I think that is from the symbicort keeping my lungs open and allowing the fluids to leave my system.  I think you should see your dr. soon as you are on a lot of meds.  I think you may have too many meds.  I hope your dr. is a pulmonologist.  Before I had my tests and had the symbicort I was using albuterol every day, 2 puffs, 4 times a day and my breathing was still bad.  The symbicort has been like a miracle for me.  I also take zyrtec. You might want to ask the dr. about singulair.  It is for allergies and asthma.  Some people like it and others think it doesn't help.  I am helped enough by the zyrtec.  I wish you the best and do post after your appt. so we know how you are doing.

Aurora


Hara
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   Posted 6/3/2009 11:55 PM (GMT -7)   
This year has been the worst for me. I am on Zyrtec and Loretadine and a disk of Advair and an Advair pump, plus Monday I got a Depo Medrol shot for my allergies. I've never been on so many allergy medications in my life. I still have a little bit of a stuffy nose and a cough that could blow the hearing off the first person I come across. I still have flem in my throat I wish it would leave.
 
HARA

jr09
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   Posted 6/7/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hara, that sounds exactly like me. I still have NO voice, none. I stopped Symbicort for 3 days, voice didn't improve so went back on it. I see the doc on Thursday. I've never been this sick for this long. HOW do you keep a job when you have a cough most of the time, and bronchitis about 50% of the time?
I will move away from this area, we are listed number 3 in the "bad asthma" category, and we're a small mostly rural area, but we have Eastman Chemical company here. (Northeast Tennessee-Johnson City/Kingsport). I don't know where to move to though, does anyone know where the air is clean? I seem to be much more affected by chemicals and pollutants than plants.

Aurora60
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   Posted 6/7/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   

The states where you would find the least allergy problems are Arizona and New Mexico. They don't have the same type of vegetation and trees as we have in other parts of the country.  Arizona is probably the best, but that would be a long distance to move to.  Don't try the midwest.  That is where I am from and the allergens and pollen and mold are terrible. Hope all works out for you.

Aurora


Hara
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   Posted 6/7/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I found this list on the cleanest air towns and states and the worst air.
 

Top 25 Towns for Clean Air, Dirty Air

Hint: Los Angeles Should Be Jealous of Cheyenne, Wyo.
By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Health News

April 27, 2006 -- People in the U.S. are breathing cleaner air than a year ago, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.

So says the American Lung Association's (ALA) "State of the Air 2006." The annual report focuses on particle pollution (soot) in the air, as well as ozone levels (smog).

Last year's winners and losers for year-round soot pollution didn't change. Cheyenne, Wyo. still has the least year-round soot pollution, while the Los Angeles area has the most year-round soot pollution, according to the ALA.

Sooty air showed a "general decline" since the ALA's 2005 report, largely due to pollution-cutting programs at coal-fired power plants.

But soot and smog remain "persistent threats against large parts of the United States," according to the ALA.

Filthy air isn't healthy for anyone, but it can be particularly hazardous for senior citizens, children, and people with asthmaasthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD)chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart diseaseheart disease, or diabetesdiabetes, notes the ALA.

More than half of the U.S. population lives in counties that have unhealthful levels of smog or soot, the report also states. However, some towns had cleaner air than others.

Who's Got the Cleanest Air Year-Round?

Cheyenne, Wyo., leads the ALA's latest list of the top 25 U.S. towns with the least long-term particle pollution (soot). Here is that list. Metropolitan areas that tied received the same number.

1. Cheyenne, Wyo.
2. Santa Fe-Espanola, N.M.
3. Honolulu
4. Great Falls, Mont.
5. Tucson, Ariz.
6. Anchorage, Alaska
7. Farmington, N.M.
7. Bismark, N.D.
9. Albuquerque, N.M.
10. Rapid City, S.D.
11. Pueblo, Colo.
12. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
12. Fargo-Wahpeton, N.D.-Minn.
12. Duluth, Minn.-Wis.
15. Salinas, Calif.
15. Midland-Odessa, Texas
17. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
18. Colorado Springs, Colo.
18. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.
18. Albany-Corvallis-Lebanon, Ore.
21. Reno-Sparks, Nev.
22. Redding, Calif.
22. Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, Fla.
24. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.
25. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.

Who's Got the Sootiest Air Year-Round?

The ALA lists the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas most polluted by year-round particle pollution (soot). Again, ties are listed with the same number:

1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif.
2. Bakersfield, Calif.
3. Pittsburgh-New Castle, Pa.
4. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.
5. Fresno-Madera, Calif.
6. Detroit-Warren-Flint, Mich.
7. Hanford-Corcoran, Calif.
8. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, Ohio
9. Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, Ala.
9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Ga.-Ala.
11. Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.
12. Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio
13. York-Hanover-Gettysburg, Pa.
13. St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, Mo.-Ill.
13. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.
16. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, N.Y.-N.J.-Conn.-Pa.
16. Lancaster, Pa.
18. Merced, Calif.
18. Canton-Massillon, Ohio
20. Charleston, W.Va.
21. Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, D.C.-Md.-Va.-W.Va.
22. Reading, Pa.
22. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md.-W.Va.
24. Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, Ind.
25. Louisville-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, Ky.-Ind.

A separate list shows that the top five towns for ozone were all in California (Bakersfield, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Visalia-Porterville, Fresno-Madera, and Merced).

 

HARA


jr09
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   Posted 6/29/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am STILL sick. Have a little bit of a hoarse voice back, after being without a voice at all for almost 3 weeks. Still tons of mucus/post-nasal drip. Still cough, but not the hard cough I had before. Can hear rattling in my chest-is that in my bronchial airways or lungs- I guess it's congestion- with every breath. All the drugs seem to have done nothing or made things worse. I'm at my wits end. I lost my job, can't go job hunting until I can talk and maybe breathe a little better. Doc says stay on the meds, it sometimes takes a while. I've been sick since the first of May, had a cough since February. I've had 2 rounds of Prednisone and 3 different antibiotics, am on Keflex now, in addition to all the above meds I mentioned. This is nuts.
Has anyone been through months of this?

Hara
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   Posted 6/29/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I lost count after 4 weeks. Go to your doctor and ask for an x-ray of your chest to also make sure you don't have puemonia.
 
I have had very bad allergies this year and have had to get a steriodal inhaler as well as my original inhaler. Musinex did not work for me or my son. I lost my voice for about a week and a half, then off and on after that so far. I am taking 2 allergy pills, 2 nose sprays.
 
I'm sorry you have had to go through this stuff. Antibiotis don't work on allergies (hayfever, pollen, etc.)
 
HARA

Stari
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   Posted 7/1/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hara
Can an x-ray be used to detect asthma?
DX:  Asthma   Fibromyalgia   Partially Blind


Hara
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   Posted 7/2/2009 12:28 AM (GMT -7)   
No you have to see your doctor for that (Asthma). They can hear the wheezing in your lungs.  X-Rays probably will show pnuemonia I can't be sure.
 
HARA- I'm no doctor now...lol
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