I have been having a lot of asthma problems since July. Had 3 bouts of bronchitis this winter and then I managed to clear up pretty well with only an occasional problem. Since July I have been to a pulmonary specialist and cardiologist. All heart tests are normal so not related to my breathing. I also had a series of pulmonary functions tests(to the tune of $2000). They didn't really show much wrong and the dr. was a real jerk and nasty to me saying my problem was overweight even though I have lost 40 lbs. I didn't have these problems at 40 lbs heavier. I still have to pursue this with my PCP as I can't keep using inhalers 4X a day and doing nothing but sitting on the couch just so I can breathe. I also have to have some minor surgery but can't until the breathiing issue is solved. I use an albuterol and azmacort inhalers and they do work. But I can't do much since I can't breathe. There may be one possiblilty that may be aggravating my problem. I have a dog - a poodle. He is almost 17 and on his last legs - incontinent, deaf, almost blind etc. He still eats and doesn't seem unhappy but I know I have to put him down soon. Does anyone think that the odor from the dog could be causing my problem? He never bothered me before in all those years. Also, does anyone use a x
openex inhaler? My dr. said she would prescirbe one but she said they make you extremely jittery. Would like some feedback on any of this. If you have ideas or suggestions please, please reply as I am getting desperate here. Thanks for your help.