I just wanted to share with you- I have had allergies most of my adult life (49 yr old female) but developed severe asthma symptoms in May '08- was taking all kinds of meds including prednisone bursts, neb treatments, etc. A week ago my feet, ankles and legs were swollen to 4x their normal size and would not go down- went to the allergist for my 4th round of Xolair shots, and the doc sent me to the ER. Turns out that I NEVER had severe asthma, I have Congestive Heart Failure, which presents very similar to asthma. I had a build up of fluid around my heart, in my lungs, not to mention my lower extremities. With the proper meds, and a stay in the hospital, I lost 17 lbs in 3 days, and am now following up with a Cardiologist to treat the real problem. During my stay in the hospital, I did not take ANY of my asthma or allergy meds, and I did not have any symptoms of asthma!!! I haven't felt this good in months!!! Please everyone, be sure and question your doctors and your diagnosis, get the correct treatment for what is ailing you. At least know I know what is really wrong with me, and I can adjust my lifestyle and treatment accordingly!!!