Need more ideas for the asthma

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   Posted 3/1/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I have just recently started posting on the RA forum, but since the asthma kicked up, I thought I would seek some help from all of you. I have had the cough for about 5 days, fever for 2 days, so decided to see the PCP since my immune system in compromised (I am still on 25 mg/day of Prednisone and tapering). While I love my PCP,she said, "Your asthma should not be a problem now while you are on Prednisone". Well, sorry, doc, but it is! She said I sounded "tight" but clear (this while I could not stop coughing while she was trying to listen to my lungs). I did get her to prescribe a neb machine for me (which I had rented previously during a bout of bronchitis last November).
So I had a treatment last night about 8 p.m. and it stopped the coughing for an hour or so. I then coughed most of the night. Cough/pee, get up and change, cough/pee, get up and change. This about every 1/2 hour or so. Finally tried the albuterol inhaler about 4 a.m. and slept 1 1/2 hours. So I have been exhausted all day (on top of the extreme fatigue I already have with whatever auto-immune problem my body is dealing with too).
So today I have tried: 
1. A neb treatment at 4 p.m.  Could hardly do it around the coughing. Stopped the cough for an hour, then the shower routine stopped it again for another hour. 
2. using the shower to steam up the bathroom (this works, but I cant sit on the toilet all day/night). I did this about 4-5 times today and it helps.
3. Use my humifier tonight in the bedroom.
4. Sipping hot drink-did not seem to help.
5. Cough medicince with Codeine (from November). May have helped a little.
6. Maybe elevate the head of my bed tonight?
Any other ideas? I think it all started when I was exposed the the grandsons last week and they have been sick with a virus. So I know a virus is probably aggravating my lungs. I just wish something would control the cough.
I know the cough is probably a forced exhalation from the asthma, but I dont seem to be getting the relief that I should be with the neb treatments (maybe I am???).
I have some Mucinex but not sure if that is going to make things worse or better now.
Thanks for any suggestions. The chest muscles are getting pretty sore.

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   Posted 3/3/2011 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
When my asthma is giving me problems due to illness or allergies this is my treatment (but don't try it without getting an okay from the doctor).
every four hours nebulizer
in between the nebulizer treatments (at the two hour mark since nebulizer) do a dose of albuterol
take 2 mucinex tablets
Get a waterless vaporizer- water vaporizers cause mold growth which can irritate your lungs.

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   Posted 3/5/2011 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks couchtater. I did start the mucinex. No fever for 2 days, then it was 103 on Thursday. So they decided to add Amoxacillin as a precautionary since my immune system is compromised.

My daugter got me started on the hot air vaporizer which also is helping. I am doing my neb treatments about 4X/day.

Finally feeling some better today. Thanks.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 4. I have OA, FM, and now possibly RA or polymyalgia rheumatica (January 2011) Taking Predisone, tapering.

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   Posted 3/5/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
What's in the nebuliser treatment you're using?

I also ditto the use of mucinex...but NOT the one with antihistamine in it. The decongestant one might make you sped up since you're using bronchodilators.

Are you on any preventers such as pulmicort?
Are you on anything like Symbicort?

I've not been in the same situation as you are, but when I was sick with the flu/cold and it's affected my asthma, the doc prescribed Oxeze to use every 12 hours...
It helped a LOT.

Rather than sitting in the bathroom for steam (could cause mould in your bathroom), use a bowl with boiled water and a towel over your head..

With the steamer or humidifier, make sure they're cleaned out daily, as to not cause any mould in the machine.

Hope you feel better soon!!!

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

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   Posted 3/5/2011 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you're feeling better.
I'm still coughing and my mouth is itching something terrible! Sigh! Zyertec isn't helping or I'm too inflamed for it.
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