Symbacort and ventolin daily

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groovey
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   Posted 11/9/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi out there, I am new to site and looking for friends who also suffer with chronic allergy asthma.Its fairly well controlled with symbicort and ventolin daily and during severe attacks I use my nebuliser and have oral prednisilone.Hospitalised once,very ill but having a good run at the moment.Allergic to so many airborne irritants,smoke,perfume,household sprays,etc....animal fur, some plants....its a pain but could be worse!!!!Have been looking at my asthma in great detail [as my doctor just keeps giving me a repeat prescription and doesnt seem interested in finding me support] and made some big changes to my home surroundings...taken up carpets and put down laminate floors that can be mopped, replaced curtains with blinds, bought pillows ,duvet and covers that can be put in the washing machine on very hot and bed bugs killed off...a bit of an expense to begin with but there is a definite improvement in my sleeping ..no night wheezing and coughing for 3 weeks...fantastic.I am also increasing my daily exercise..I was a champion swimmer up until 35 when my asthma started after a violent reaction to a hornet sting and I nearly died...I now walk up to 1mile a day increasing my speed a little at a time.I also spend 15 minutesa day on my own just relaxing with some music and I concentrate on my breathing ..through the nose from the diaphram hold for 5 seconds out through the mouth..repeat as manty times as is comfortable..but dont over do it.I have also found that when Im feeling an attack coming on I try to focus on my breathing and think /visualise a very happy occasion..it works good health to all you asthmatics out there    luv groovey tongue

Another Day
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   Posted 11/9/2007 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
There is a medication, Xolair that has been out for about five years.  I take an injection of it once a month.  It is for more severe asthmatics.  You might talk to your doctor about it.  You have to meet certain criteria, such as you're almost dying.   :-)    It cost around $10,000 per year, but insurance companies are paying well for it, considering it helps keep asthma patients out of the ER's and out of the hospitals.  I have only had one ER visit since I've been on it and no hospital stays.  It is great to hear an asthmatic doing so well!  I would love to get to the point where I could start exercising a little.
 
How slow did you start in the beginning with your exercise?
 
You keep going!
 
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Jiriji-in-Oz
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   Posted 11/10/2007 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm new here too and would like to say good job on getting rid of allergens and making your home more suitable! The more you can do to make yourself less reliant on medication, the better. I find that frequent vacuuming and washing of bedding is a big help.

I've had asthma since i was a child, and have a lot of other allergy and autoimmune type problems - food intolerances, drug allergies, eczema, underactive thyroid, IBS, rosacea, Raynauds, migraines, eustachian tube dysfunction, interstitial cystitis (in remission), and sciatica on top of that.

I hadn't had asthma for several months and had been able to give up using preventative medication and just using a reliever inhaler as necessary.
Then i moved in with my daughter for a while. She has two cats who have the run of the house. They are lovely cats but want to sit all over me and unfortunately, the more contact i have with them, the more likely i am to wake in the middle of the night wheezing and coughing. Also, if the cats have rubbed themselves against me and then i happen to touch my face, my eyes start itching and weeping. It's strange because i hadn't had any problem with cats before this. My asthma is usually caused by changes in air temperature (like going in or out of an airconditioned building), cigarette smoke or pollen, not animals.

Hoping everyone is having a wheeze-free weekend!
~~~I learn by going where I have to go~~~


groovey
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   Posted 11/10/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jiriji-in-oz..... Great to hear from you, you are my first hit.I too suffer terribly with ALL ANIMAL FUR even though I had dogs , horses and cats for 30 years.It seemed as soon as they passed on and I didnt replace them my allergy exploded.....I must have been immune to just them. Friends have just visited with there 2 daschunds and after 10 minutes [even though they were in the sun lounge out of my space] my eyes were watering and my lips tingling....so out comes the ventolin. One tip I have is put your cushions and pillows in the freezer for just 5 minutes a day and all the bed bugs will die instantly...have a go and let me know how you get on....be happy out there luv groovey

groovey
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   Posted 11/10/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carla, Good to hear from you...I started exercise again about 6 weeks after a really bad attack...I was putting on weight rapidly and feeling totally fed up with always struggling to breathe.I started very slowly..just a lap of the playing field [1/8 mile] stopping half way and resting.I continued every day until I could complete the lap without stopping. Then I slowly increased the speed I walked. I then did 2 laps..stopping ...continuing until I could complete 2 laps without stopping, again having increased the speed I walked. Slowly I have progressed to 11/2 miles without stopping..and I feel good.Before every walk I take my peak flow and 1 puff of my reliever Ventolin and then my peak flow after my walk...the difference in peak flow is slow but steady..and you have to be very patient. I am now also swimming again..doing increased numbers of lengths every week..weight is very slowly coming back to acceptable..but most important I feel that I am starting to get control of my asthma and not letting it control me....have a go, dont expect miracles but belicve you can get asthma under control...rooting for you luv groovey

Jiriji-in-Oz
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   Posted 11/10/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Groovey, thanks for the tip about the freezer... but i don't think my daughter will let me take the ice-cream out! (It's only a little freezer :-) However, i'll remember that for when i'm back in my own home.

It's great that you feel like you're getting control of your asthma. Mine is mostly seasonal, so i can go for a long time without any problems and can usually walk very long distances, but with the weather being so changeable here at the moment i find i'm getting tight in the chest after a couple of minutes. Today is pretty nice outside and there's no wind, so i'm going to attempt a 40-minute walk to the nearest shopping mall. Retail therapy coming up!

Hope the rest of your weekend is great.. and yours too, Carla.
~~~I learn by going where I have to go~~~


Another Day
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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I am determined to get this Prednisone weight off!!!!  Good idea to take a puff first and do my peak flow.  When I would try to walk before, I would take my inhaler, friend and cell phone with me, but I think your idea is much better.  You've been a big help!
 
A great rest of the weekend to all!
 
Carla

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groovey
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   Posted 11/11/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carla...The weight is a problem but as long as you can breathe easy...dont worry about a few curves with exercise and good diet it will come off.
I make all my own soup which I eat if I feel hungry between meals..few calories and full of nutrition...all vegs are full of antioxidants that clog up the system...I make watercress, brocolli, red peper for example..just boil it for 3 mins with onion,garlic and dried chives and coriander...liquidise and enjoy...only 50 calories a large bowl...yummie.
Have a happy week
groovey

groovey
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   Posted 11/11/2007 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Carla Made a mistake ..all veg unclog the system!!!!!!!! groovey

groovey
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   Posted 11/17/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
hi carla
how is the weight loss going ....slow like mine no doubt.Weather in uk freezing so want warm comforting foods....and lots of hot drinks....soup is still my saviour...let me know how you are progressing...sadly winter is bad for us asthmatics and we need the old prednisilone at times which adds the pounds on...but what the hell ...eat well and often until the weather improves and look after that chest...thinking of you ..luv groovey
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