Posted 11/9/2012 11:44 PM (GMT -6)
I'd like to start by introducing myself. (Only seems right, right?)
My name is Matt, I'm a 21 year old Datsun enthusiast out of Atlanta, GA. I've been suffering from food allergies and asthma for the last 5 years. I'm allergic to milk, wheat, soy, hazelnuts, and sesame seeds. I grew up as the healthy kid never sick and always active until mid-year high school when i developed food allergies at random 5 years or so ago.
I had been having slight breathing problems since then, but about 2 years ago after going to an allergy and asthma doctor, I was diagnosed with mild asthma. It was never a big bother, and didn't keep me too far back, but I never found a medication that worked well for me as a preventative. At the time, i didn't care as it wasn't bothersome to the extent that I felt I needed any medications. Over the last few months I've been having worsening symptoms and my asthma has been harder to control.
Fast forward to 5 days ago, and I've suddenly been having extreme issues with my asthma that I have not been able to control. I carry around Ventolin as a rescue inhaler but after an extremely bad reaction to it (nearly felt like I was going to have a heart attack) I decided it was time to go back to the doctor and re-asses.
I did another lung function text 3 days ago and tested at 89% which the doctor was pretty happy about, however we discussed my uncontrollable symptoms and he's decided that a daily inhaler wasn't working and put me on a once-a-day Singulair pill. I've also been given Xopenex, since it was a mild inhaler I found didn't cause the other symptoms caused by other inhalers. At the same time, they took some blood to check for an over-reactive immune system, but the results are still a week out.
My asthma over the last few days has become so uncontrollable that at this point, I get out of breath taking a few steps across my house for a glass of water and have to rest in between. Even my Xopenex doesn't seem to help with that, and I can't for the life of me find any hope in a cure. In fact, at this point the lack of positive news makes me wonder if I'm even experiencing asthma issues, or if there's another underlying condition causing my shortness of breath/asthma attacks.
They've become so prominent and hard to control that I feel as if there's no cure.
Any feedback anyone may be able to provide is greatly appreciated. I'd realty like to know if anyone has ever overcome what I'm dealing with now and can provide advice as to how I can get relief until results are found.