I need some advice before I see my Pulmonary Dr-this week-!
I know there are many of you out there in HW, that are going thru what I am, & if I can have any added suggestions--I would greatly appreciate it!
From my earlier posts, some of you know--I'm getting the "Methacholine challenge" test this Wed-(I'm a bit "scared" of this! Tho my dr. says it's really nothing!
Thursday--I will see my pulmonary Dr- She suspects -as I do, that I have "Cough Variant Asthma"-(which I think i've had many yrs---since the mid 1970s---)--but it ONLY comes on after a cold or, in this case- The "Flu" that I had 6 weeks ago! (The flu came & went--this darn cough is STILL with me!---It is driving me nuts!)--
Now---If the results come back that I DO have CVA.....I do NOT want to take ANY inhaler that would adversely affect my heartbeat! (I suffer from an irregular heartbeat--& some episodes of SVT--I stay away from caffeine, decongestants-- etc--I can not "irritate" my heart! I am seeing a cardiologist & have had many "event monitors"....where my SVTs have been caught!)
Some of these "Beta 2 Antagonists...like Xopenex...etc......AND Bronchodiltors tell you--on their monograph--"Can cause irregular heartbeat...changes in EKG etc"- these are NOT for me!
It seems like the ONLY thing I can take...that helps my bronchial inflammation with NO cardiac side effects....are steroidal meds--(Like the Medrol pack...oral pills) & inhalers like Flovent & some others!
--**What I would like--is to hear from some of you--who have "Cough Variant Asthma"....(or even regular asthma)--& who have it treated with steroidal inhalers ONLY (& maybe with anti-allergic meds like Allegra....Claritan...etc)- & which have been EFFECTIVE in getting rid of the "asthmatic cough".....while staying OFF these..."beta 2 antagonists & bronchodilators that adversely affect heart rhythm-!
Thanks so much! Once Again---I am a firm believer that we patients should be as informed as well as possible to be our own advocates!
I am also taking Omega 3---Marine oil capsules..(that seem to help as they have anti inflammitory qualities)--Garlic.....hot herbal teas----& my wife just today ordered a room air purifier....a UV unit ---that removes dust--pollen --molds--dander--bacteria--etc--! I'm hoping this helps--it should come by Friday! (Anyone have one of these? Do they help? )-- -Thanks to all.....I do hope I hear from as many people as possible! I value your inputs! Kindest regards---Robert