This may be lengthy...apologizing now, but I am strugging for answers! I was diagnosed with asthma in 1999 and have been on everything. Advair seemed to be working fine (with maybe only three ER visits per year) until I saw the tv commercial warning of possible sudden death so I was switched to Flovent and singulair. This worked for about a year and then I ended up making trips to the ER every other week it seemed. Within the past three years, I have been on short-term prednisone each ER visit, until recently. Two weeks ago I visited the ER and the doctor took one look at me and said, "Just by looking at you, I can tell you've been on prednisone too long. If your here for prednisone, then I have nothing to offer you!"
He asked about acid reflux, which I remember only experiencing a few times while on singulair. He recommended asmanex, zyrtec, a cough suppresent, and albuterol treatments every few hours. He left it up to me whether or not I wanted to continue taking the singular. I did. I went four days of his treatment plan and I was able to do laundry, clean the house, walk here and there with only a couple of puffs from my rescue inhaler. On the 5th day, it was terrible. I thought I was going to die of suffocation. I found myself back in the ER with the same doctor who said, "No more singulair but continue with the treatment plan".
I have taken off the week to focus on this new plan and so far, I am involuntarily restricted to my recliner, otherwise I have to stop and catch my breath (or find it) and come running back to my nebulizer.
The doctor said it will take a couple of weeks for my medication to kick in. I need to read some experiences from other people to reassure that I'm not just sitting here for nothing and that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel. Please help....and thanks!