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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I’m a newcomer to this board.  I’m a 62-year-old male in good physical condition (normal BP and good cholesterol readings, excellent nuclear stress test 2 years ago). 


 I was recently diagnosed with asthma after having the following symptoms for several months:  coughing, mild wheezing at night, occasional shortness of breath, frequent throat-clearing, discomfort (tightness) about 2 inches below my Adams Apple when taking a deep breath.  Pulmonologist did a chest x-ray and breathing tests.


I’m on the following meds for over 3 weeks now:  Singulair (10 mg) once a day and Flovent 44 mcg, two puffs twice a day.


I’m noticing no real change in my symptoms and am concerned.  Shouldn’t the symptoms have diminished by now?  I find the deep breathing discomfort especially bothersome (and worrisome).  Anyone else had this symptom with asthma?  Thanks!  

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   Posted 11/19/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I use Singulair,Theophillin,& Spiriva for my COPD & asthma.........

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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   

I have very bad  asthma but I have never had chest pains with it.  My asthma causes me to not get any air in my lungs and to get a tightening in my chest.  I had been on albuterol, a rescue inhaler for 4 months and went to 2 pulmonologists.  The first said I didn't have asthma (I had all the lung function tests).  The 2nd and truly great dr. said I definetly had asthma and that it was out of control.  He couldn't believe any dr. would prescribe albuterol to take everyday 4 X a day.  He put me on symbicort and from the first day I took it I have been breathing freely.  I will probably always have to take it but if I can breathe that is OK. I have the albuterol for rescue if I get a bad attack.  You might want to consult another lung specialist as it doesn't sound like you are on the right meds.  Take care and do post again on how you are doing.


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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you ever been diagnosed with acid reflux? If not, you may want to look into that as well. I have acid reflux and the symptoms sound very similiar to you, except I don't have an adams apple :) If you don't have that, then sometimes it's trial and error to find the right combination of medication for you.
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 11/20/2008 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Stopthecough:
You should make another appointment with your doctor, Take in
this list of concerns you have, ask about a chest x-ray, just to
make sure it's not gone into pneumonia, also ask if you should have a rescue inhaler
or possibly be getting nebulizer treatments.
I'm glad you've had the heart testing done to rule out a problem there.
good luck to you and keep us posted as to how your doing,
as we are concerned,,,
Lots of soft hugz for now..........
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 11/29/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I would make another appt with my doctor! I was on Flovent for about 3 months last year and it actually made my symptoms a lot worse. I was always short of breath and the chest tightness was constant and so bad to where I didnt want to move. I went back to my doctor and he took me off it immediately and put me on Advair and what a difference. It cleared up my symptoms right way. I have had a lot less problems since I started using Advair. I know everyone is different but still talk to your doctor. Good Luck!!
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
Current Medications- Advair 250, Albuterol, Flexeril
Past Medications- Flovent 110 and Prednisone

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