Hi Kimber, I have had asthma most of my life but it hasn't been too severe unless I got a cold or bronchitis. This summer my asthma went out of control, don't know why. Saw 2 pulmonologists, first a jerk, said it was my diaphram pushing on my lungs cause I am a bit over weight. I was using albuterol 4 X a day, 2 puffs, azmacort and prednisone, whichi made me climb the walls. I had all the pulmonary function tests and 2nd dr. said I definitely had asthma which was not under control. He gave me symbicort and from the 1st day I took it I have not had any wheezing or trouble breathing. I will probably lave to stay on this med for a long time but I can breathe again. If you haven't seen a pulmonologist it would be a good idea to and get lung function tests to see where you are. I have never had chest pain with my asthma. Wishing you the best and hope you are feeling better.
Hi Sundog, I just found your post after answering another one. We are about the same age. Strange that we both got bad asthma at this time in life. I was wondering how you are doing on the symbicort as I noticed you said you take it. It has saved me. I no longer have to use my rescue inhaler. Would really like to hear how you are doing on the symbicort. Please post a reply if you can. Thanks.
First off, I want to say that I'm so glad I found this forum but I'm also so sorry to hear that many of you suffer from the same thing.
I've had asthma since I was 22 (diagnosed as Reactive Airway Disease, then turned into full blow asthma). I'm 29 now and my symptoms had usually just come and gone with the seasons or with cold weather. Most recently I had a terrible attack when I went outside and tried to go for a run (stupidly) on a cold and windy day. My attack was very bad with spasms in my lungs as I tried to inhale and exhale. Ever since I've had tenderness and pain in my chest where the spasms were (pectoral area) that is seemingly worse in the morning and at night. My inhalers seem to irritate the tenderness (Flovent & Albuterol for emergencies) and cause anxiety, though sometimes they do help. My doctor also feels some of the pain could be GERD related so has me on medication for that as well.
Post Edited (Joan M) : 3/31/2010 11:08:55 AM (GMT-6)