Beachmom, I would also like to welcome you to Healingwell. I have had allergies most of my life and severe asthma came on with a vengeance about six years ago at the age of 51. I finally had to take early retirement from my job because of that and I was also diagnosed with epilepsy. I still get bronchitis here and there and I can't be real active, but not having to get out in the cold or when it is too hot and humid to go to work has helped my asthma. The point I am trying to make is that environment does make a difference in asthma.
The Advair 100/50 your doctor had you on is the lowest dose they make it in. So, I'm not surprised it didn't help you. I'm sure you know it is a controller medication.
Do you know what your personal best peak flows are supposed to be? I call it, the red, yellow and green lights. It is definitely different for everyone, but 200 is when I am supposed to go to the ER. Has anyone ever given you a peak flow meter with this marked on the back for you? It's a very handy tool, you can show it to them at the ER.
I really doubt that the Advair would have affected your mood, but the steroids definitely do, but it is much better to tolerate the mood swings and keep breathing. Have you found yourself a new allergist or pulmonologist since you have moved?
I did have enough reflux that it was triggering a lot of my asthma attacks and causing me to lose sleep at night, which made me tired. This was when I was still working. They don't take repairing your esophagus lightly, and that's good. For that part, my allergist referred me to a pulmonologist just to make sure she wasn't missing anything and he was the one who wanted to check out the reflux. My allergist had been concerned about that also, but that was a little bit out of her field. They put you through quite a few tests to determine if you need this surgery. I did have my esophagus and a hiatal hernia repaired a couple of years ago. It did help my asthma to some degree.
You say you have moved to an area where it is damp. Have you had allergy testing before? If so, are you allergic to mold? Is there a basement in you home? If so, is it dry?
I know this is lengthy, but I'm trying to toss out as many questions as I can to be able to help you. I've been where you are. It is depressing to be sick so long and not feel like you have the energy to get out of bed, but when your lungs are not functioning properly, sometimes that's the best you can do.
I hope you are with the right doctors who can help you through this and I hope some of my experiences might trigger something for you.
Here are the things that help me the most: When the temperature is below 20 I absolutely by doctor's orders do not leave the house, when I do go out in the cold I always make sure my mouth and nose are covered, I never leave home without my portable nebulizer and my inhaler in my purse and a bottle of water. My two most important medications are the Xolair injection which I take once a month and the Xolair inhaler. Of course my other asthma medications are important also.
Please, if you have any other questions, just let me know. I do not want you sitting there feeling depressed and hopeless. You can get better. You just have to find the right doctor.