Posted 12/1/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)
I actually did it. I'd say I beat it by about 80% Sometimes 90%.
I tried EVERYTHING, and I finally came to the conclusion that asthma is a complicated and an every-individual is different type of disease. You can't just get the textbook definition and go by that. It is different for everyone, and it also has to do with overall general lung health as well (including your overall health aside from the lungs, weight, spiritual/mental health,..etc, it all ties in and ends up effecting your respiratory health) The more sick you are, the more mentally sick/physically sick etc, or if you're fighting an infection, the lungs are more likely to be inflamed, or produce an inflammatory response, which will only worsen asthma, or be sore enough to flare up the asthma repeatedly, meaning you'll never get rid of it, which is why asthma is often thought of as a long-term, disease you'll never get rid of, which I believe is A LIE. I believe that it is reversible to a degree, much more so than the "it's treatable" line they give you.
The bronchospasms have a lot to do with general health as well. A lot of it has to do with your own health, and all the doctors that say that asthma perhaps is because of an overactive immune system,..that's false. An over-active immune response in the lungs yes, to the triggers/pollutants/dander, etc,..but it's a lot more than that. The problem is, all the asthma medications, many of them have immuno-suppressing properties which may make recovery from ANY respiratory illness worse and longer, especially if you already have a low immune system as is.
I've discovered that I feel better without any of the meds or as least amount as possible, and only take them as needed, even the stuff that they tell you to take daily. The daily maintenance meds I try to do every other day, or every few other days, and just take as least amount as possible, and then looked into natural care, improved my diet significantly, watched where I hung out, I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs, and I got my anxiety levels under control, and to a minimum. I developed a positive attitude.
I also take lots of supplements: Quercetain/Bromelain and N-acetyl-cysteine for natural inflammation reducing abilities, Clear Lungs formula from the vitamin shoppe, an immune system and mushroom formula for immune enhancing abilities, I don't drink milk anymore or eat dairy at all, cut it out 100%,(made a huge impact); I stick to soy milk when needed, which doesn't seem to be giving me problems; i take fish oils, I exercise, drink multivitamins, and get my flu/pneumonia shot every year; I try to eat natural/organic, and have a healthy diet, making sure all my electrolyte levels are great too.
All of the above + avoiding triggers + careful health/hygeine with the RIGHT asthma medications....SIGNIFICANTLY reduced my need for medications including emergency medications, significantly reduced my ER visits/hospitalizations, completely stopped severe asthma episodes (need for injections/etc), and also got rid of that seemingly never going away heaviness in my chest symptom of asthma.
The prescription meds/OTC medc that I take are as follows: (and I do NOT take them daily, because that's just for the maximum effects, and I don't need them anymore daily. My pulmonologist was even happy and surprised that I beat it to a huge degree,
Zyrtec anti-histamine (works for me better than others including Claritin, and works better than even the prescription Xyzol particularly because it does not sedate me). I take this maybe once a week, twice sometimes.
Astelin nasal spray (also an antihistamine spray, and I only take it as needed, most of the time on the days I'm not on zyrtec. Works well.
Singulair (this is a given, anti-leukotrene), but you DO NOT have to take it DAILY. that's just for maximum effects.
Nasonex (steroid spray); If you can handle the stimulant-like side effects, this one is great for preventing inflammation in the nose
Spiriva; (opens up the lung airways); also used for COPD patients. This one is stronger than atrovent, only need one dose a day, and take it as needed. Great way to open your lungs to introduce other meds there, relaxes smooth muscle.
Symbicort (the magic maintenance drug); For me at least, works better than advair, and I don't even have to take it every day.
The emergency meds: XopenEX (my #1 choice, works great); ALBUTEROL (my #2 choice, too many side effects but if you can handle the jitteriness, works better in a sense than xopenex); PREDNISONE PILLS (10 mg each),.....absolutely the BEST for asthma, but it's a last ditch effort.
VERY IMPORTANT: Have a nebulizer handy, and if you don't make sure to take ALL OF YOUR INHALERS with a SPACER...the spacer is VERY VERY important because it gets the maximum and most efficient delivery, and actually reduces side effects.
I've done all of the above, and if you can do that too, and have access to all of these drugs/herbals, etc, and are willing to change your lifestyle around,
I'm no doctor, and I'm not saying it's 100% going to work for everybody,
but I'm absolutely positive, your asthma will get better. Maybe not as good as mine at 80-90% gone, and sometimes I feel it entirely gone,...but it might mean the difference between lots of ER visits, to perhaps one, or none, and might get your life back.
A lot of it has to do with general health, stress, taking the right drugs, giving your lungs time to heal.
Asthma is very often a complication or a secondary-third type of thing that pops up, from something that's more important going wrong such as poor health, weak lung health, etc
Oftentimes when people say, oh I've just got asthma...it's probably not that. You may have been born with it because of a genetic predisposition, etc, but if you don't treat the underlying problems such as perhaps poor diet, not the best of health etc,...then you'll always have to deal with the asthma as a response.
Anywas, any other stories or advice?
I'm a positive story so yay!