I am a 49 year old female with severe chronic asthma and chronic bronchitis. I was recently put under the COPD umbrella. Since January 2012 I have been in the hospital twice with severe asthma attacks that not even the prednisone is helping. I am on several different asthma med's. I was on Advair 500 but the insurance no longer covers it so they put me on Q Var, it has made my asthma worse, they have me on Symbicort, that does not work. I use two different med;s in my nebulizer. I don't sleep at night because my wheezing makes me feel like if I have an elephant on my chest. It goes from that to the shortness of breath, the tightness in my chest.
Most nights I sit in a recliner in our bedroom and pray that I can sleep for a while. My throat feels as if it is closing in on me and the Dr's I am seeeing can't tell me what is happening. I have seen a gastroenterologist, an ENT and all I hear is they cannot find anything wrong.The Pulmonologist has tried everything from changing med's, different tests any and everything to help me. I have all of the nasty side effects from being on Prednisone for over 10 years more on than off. I have the hump 'fat pad on the base of my neck. facial hair that shaving does not help, it leaves razor bumps which is devastating and not easy to hide. I have Osteopenia in my spine it is the beginning stages of Osteoporosis, I have developed Type 2 diabetes that they informed me of when I was hospitalized in January. When they checked it, the glucose level was at 384. Right away they started me on insulin 4 times a day.
I was also informed me that when they did my ct scan of my chest they had a surprise finding , I have blockage in my Aorta. I have the weight gain and the fat redistribution all ove my body, nothing fits me anymore, I don't want to leave the house if I don;t have too. I hate the way I look, the way I feel! I have the worse moods swings, my youngest son who, he and I had the most beautiful relationship now are like sworn enemies. No one understand.
The feeling of literally screaming in your head because of the devastation that has taken place because of illness. I have the muscle and joint pain, weakness and tingling in my arms and legs. I live with this daily. I have also had a complete hysterectomy in 2010, with no replacement hormone therapy due to a DVT while in the hospital.
I cannot lost the weight I have fought and fought and it is a battle I am losing. I am so desperate. I have all the great exercise equipment and I can barely use any of it. I eat healthy, I drink a lot of water, green tea and black tea. I don't drink soda. I juice fresh fruits and vegetables. I am at my wit's end. I love to walk but I can't because of the joint and muscle pains and worse than that the part of the country I reside in has the worse air quality in the country. Any advice would be so appreciated. Thank you and God bless.
Post Edited (Islandgirl62) : 5/20/2012 11:40:03 AM (GMT-6)