Had a really bad asthma attack at 3AM

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   Posted 9/26/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what happened but had a terrible asthma attack at  3AM, couldn't breathe at all. Used my albuterol and it barely helped.  I think the dog is what is making me sick but that will be solved after Tues. although it breaks my heart.  Went to my PCP and she gave me a nebulizer treatment which helped tremendously and a prescrip. for a xoponex. And she is having me see a 2nd pulmonary specialist.  So hopefully things will improve as my PCP really wants to get to the bottom of this and get it stopped.  It has been since July and that is just too long to suffer this much. Just wanted to let you know what is happening and will keep posting as things progress.  Grateful for all the help I have been given in the past and of course will be in future.

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   Posted 9/26/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Aurora

I read your words and know sort of what you’re going through but each person’s journey is different in some way. Do you think that it maybe stress is what caused your asthma attack? I ask this because of what you said about your dog, I know you said your dog is bad for you but do you think deep down the stress of what is happening to your dog is upsetting you. We all know asthma is brought on by triggers stress of the upset can be one of them triggers.


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   Posted 9/26/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Awe Aurora, you have my heartfelt sympathies for the up and coming loss of you dog.
It could be that which has triggered your asthma, so I agree with kaztiger.
There is a tremendous amount of stress over the loss of a family memeber and our animal friends do tend to
fall into that catagory.
Keep us posted, try your best to stay calm and that will be hard.
At least you have time to make peace with your loving pet.
Remember all the good times and joy the dog brought to you.
You also have to give a little time for the xopenex to get into your system and working..
Lots of soft hugz.......
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   Posted 9/26/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you both for your kind replies.  I know I am stressed about the dog.  And it is not only the dog but it is the terrible odor he is giving off as he will not allow me to bath him.  I think that this smell is what is aggravating my asthma.  Chartreux, I have a question about the Xopenex - if it is a rescue inhaler doesn't it work right away?  That is the one thing about the albulterol that I like is that within 10 min I am breathing freely.  Does it take longer with the xopenex?  I hope not as when I need to breathe I want it to act fairly quickly.  Would really appreciate an answer.   I didn't start it today as my nebulizer treatment kept me clear.  Also, my son was out and the instuctions said that if you should have trouble breathing after using the Xopenex the first time that it is a serious medical problem and to get immediates help.  Are those just warnings they have to put on?  All the warnings are enough to scare you from using the med. Thanks so much.


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   Posted 9/27/2008 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Xopenex is a rescue med. My Husband uses it for rescue and it seems to work fairly quickly for him.

The type of medication that Xopenex is requires warnings about Paradoxical Bronchospasm. This same warning applies to Albuterol as well, and if you've been fine with that then you'll probably be fine with Xopenex.

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   Posted 9/27/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Used the Xopenex this morning and it took a full hour before it started to work.  I am not sure if the Xopenex is what cleared my breathing or the prednisone I am on.  Anyone using Xopenex please tell me if this is normal that it takes a long time before you have any relief and if it gets better with more use.  If it is going to always take so long I am better off still using the albuterol which works within 10 min.  Would appreciate some help on this. I am ready to lose my mind with these breathing problems as I have been mostly housebound since July. I need to get back to my nornal life whatever that is going to be at this point. shakehead rolleyes
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