Welcome to HealingWell! I think going to a pulmonary doctor is a good idea instead of your family doctor. Most people with asthma who are treated by allergists seem to do better and a pulmonologist is great also. You are not going to see any relief from the Advair in just a few days. So, I am glad you are seeing another doctor. Please keep posting and let us know what you find out. I use Adair myself and consider it a very good controller medication.
I'm glad I found your post. I have CVA, worsened at work and exercise. I've used antihistamines (all), allergy shots/testing, food trials, singulair, Advair, all nasal steroids and Astalin (anti-histamine nasal spray.) I even had a deviated septum repair to see if it would help. The only real relief I get which is temporary is from suppressants like Tussinex, which knock me out, or brochodilators, like albuterol, which makes my heart thump like mad when I take it more than every 6 hours. I recently started Pulmacort and Brovana (spelling?) via nebulizer, which after 2 weeks has made no difference. I'm sick of a chronic low grade cough, chronic post nasal drip and constant clearing of my throat as well as the 1 to 1 1/2 month long hell I get if I get a cold. I cough more than I don't. I work with people in the service industry and I am tired of seeing them recoil like I'm a leper and have to apologize for my constant hacking. Most nights I'm sleeping on the couch to keep my wife from waking up. And I don't want to end up with COPD without ever having smoked a cigarette in my life.
I was considering alternative therapies (such as herbal.) But there are so many products and I'm concerned about interactions, side effects (lifelong), purity, and toxicity. I have not seen a holistic doctor, as i want as much input as possible first. Any of you heard about a particular product that's good or herbs in particular?
I am new to this site and forums and I am not feeling so alone anymore. I developed asthma at around 20 and I am now 33. I am on Advair (inhaler not the diskus) 125, 2 puffs twice daily, Salbutamol 2 puffs, 4 times daily, and Nasonex (Coticosteroid) nasal spray. My main and constant symptom is coughing as well as the annoying wheezing. So bad in fact that my husband sleeps in a seperate room. I find that sleeping on my back with more than one pillow under my head seems to help as well as washing all bedding in hot water a couple of times a week and keeping on top of the dust situation all around my bed. I was almost living on cough syrup. I find it exhausting, the sore throat, the constant coughing, the trouble sleeping cause of the cough at night. I never realized there were so many other people with the same thing. I am super sensitive to cigarette smoke, wood fire smoke, strong scents of any kind, dust, and changes in temperature and weather (humidity). It seems impossible to control the cough 100% but the Nasonex makes a noticable difference. Only drawback is the bleeding nose, and changes in ability to taste food. My doctor said that my GERD was definatly making things worse. She says that it can actually scar your lungs a bit, so I take Prevacid 30mg twice a day for the GERD. I wish luck to everyone dealing with this. It's nice to have somewhere to talk about it.