Asthma kicking in again after a long free spell

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Aurora60
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   Posted 7/18/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My asthma started to flair up last week after being able to breathe freely for  many months. I am on symbicort for my long term inhaler and it has worked very well.  I have albuterol for rescue, and was given singulair but I don't think it helps so I stopped it.  Now I am having a lot of wheezing and chest tightening.  I started using my albuterol but that didn't seem to help. the symbicort helped in the AM and PM but inbetween my chest was tightening.  I also have prednisone and my pulmonologist told me to take it if I start to have a difficult time. So now I have started the prednisone and already I am edgy and shaky.  I know this is a side effect I have to put up with but I just started the prednisone and I am breathing easier alreay.  I will be on it for about 5-7 days depending on how I clear up.  I checked the air quality where I live but I am not sure it is as good as the weather bureau says. I am surrounded by a lot of trees and a forest preserve.  I am wondering if others whose asthma has been controlled have had these break through attacks like I am experiencing.  It is really hard to think you are under control and then out of the blue you can't breathe.  Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
 
Aurora

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
The weather this year has been weird, cold summers up North and Hot in the South
very hot or very cold, not the norms, (but then not global warming either..). so it very well
could be the air quality and the not so normal temps.
I will hope you can get feeling better soon!
You have my well wishes and get well...
lots and lots of soft hugz...
HUGZ
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Aurora60
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   Posted 7/19/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks, Chartreux, I was glad to have someone reply to me.  I am starting to breathe freer with the prednisone but I didn't get to sleep until about 4:30 AM.  Is has me very shaky and the lack of sleep doesn't help at all. I wish I knew what to do so I could at least sleep at night. I think I will take the shortest course of this med to get cleared up. I don't think I will be able to tolerate 2 weeks of it and have done well in the past for a 5 day course.

Aurora


Chartreux
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   Posted 7/19/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe try melatonin, just a thought...
read a book...
HUGZ
hope your feeling better soon...
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couchtater
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   Posted 7/19/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had sudden attacks after months of free breathing, too. You mentioned lots of trees where you live. Do you have tree or grass allergies?
I'm allergic to every tree except a birch and every grass out there.
I take a daily zerytec, and advair 250/50. These usually help on daily bases. However, I'm usually bumped up to Advair 500/50 and nebulizer every four hours for two weeks when the attacks hit. When I'm really bad I get a Methapredasone(?) dose pack that last for 6 days and /or shots at the emergency room. Fortunatlly(?) it only happened twice this year.

Joy

Aurora60
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   Posted 7/19/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Joy, thanks for your reply. Yes, I am allergic to trees, grass, pollen , mold, basically anything that floats in the air.  I take Zyretec and Symbicort is my long term inhaler which works very well.  This is really the first break through bad asthma attack I have had  since going on the Symbicort last Oct.  I haven't been prescribed a nebulizer and if I need a treatment I have to go to the dr.s office to get one.  But my pulmonologist feels that since I have been so symptom free that the best treatment right now is the course of prednisone.  And it is starting to open me up. And I do have albuterol for rescue.  I really don't like taking the prednisone because I climb the walls and can't sleep.  I didn't fall asleep until after 4AM. I have used the Medrol pack in the past several times and that is even worse on me than just prednisone.  It seems to have a different formula that I can't tolerate.  My dr. gave me some samples of singulair and maybe I should try it out again.  I used it for a few days but it didn't seem to do anything but make me nauseous. It may be one of those that takes time to build up.  I take so many meds for different things that I hate to have to add another one and cost is a consideration too. It has been cool here the last few days and I have had my windows open to keep the AC off and maybe that was a mistake.  Anyway, I am hoping to be better by the end of the week.  Again thanks for your help.

Aurora


Kiska
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   Posted 7/27/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
having asthma - sucks, I've had it for 5 years now, I used to take Albuterol too, but i got used to it and it didn't help any more, then I used pulmicort which helped for some time, now I'm on Fluticasone it prevents my asthma attacks. I feel really good. Hope, you too :-)

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