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A Yooper
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   Posted 4/2/2013 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings all - my first post on the "Allergies & Asthma" forum - although as you can see from my signature I've been around the Prostate Cancer forum for the past 9 months or so.  Good news so far on the PCa front so I'm thankful for that and am also now wanting to focus on my asthma issues.
 
Quick overview:
 
Asthma started in early teens.  (Currently 55 years old)
Excellent health, weight training 4-6 days per week, also cardio 4-6 days per week, but only walking - not able to run due to breathing issues.
Up until the past couple of years was able to play competitive level sports including basketball.
Typically not bothered during "sedentary, normal day-to-day activities" unless triggered.
Seems to be "exercise induced?"
Currently taking Albuterol inhaler PRN, that does relieve symptoms - but does not allow me to partake in strenuous activity - basketball, running, etc.
Also taking Spiriva (not working) and tried Advair, also no effect.
 
Are there any new approaches to asthma care out there?
 
Thanks in advance!               
 
55 yrs old, excellent health - DX'd with PCa July '12
PSA 5.8
Biopsy 6/27/12
9 of 12 Gleason: 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 30-40%, 3+4 15-20% (All neg PNI)
Negative DRE’s / NO / MO / T1C / Gland size 40gm / Vol. 22gm
Volume Study 8/14/12
Casodex 50mg daily 5 wks prior 2 wks post BT
LDR BT 9/21/12 – no issues
3 mo PSA 12/20 0.48!
6 mo PSA 3/14 0.21!

Red_34
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   Posted 4/3/2013 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried Singulair taken on a daily basis?
SHERRY
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Diagnosed Left sided UC '92 - meds: Colazal, Remicade (6mp discontinued due to neuropathy)*Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines*, IBS, Diverticuliar Disease, Fibro, Sacroiilitis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Eye and allergies controlled by Zyrtec and Singular

A Yooper
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   Posted 4/3/2013 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry and thanks for the reply, I was starting to wonder. . . Yes, I have also tried Singulair, same lack of results as the Spiriva and Advair.

Very frustrating for me as I am used to being as active as I want to, and now find myself not able to play full court basketball, having to "walk fast" versus jogging or running / cardio and so on.

I do have my annual physical coming up in two weeks and will be working with my Dr again - but also decided to try this forum; when I found myself Dx'd with PCa I found the HW/Prostate forum to be an absolute Godsend due to the experience of the folks there - and am hoping to garner the same here.

Thanks again.
55 yrs old, excellent health - DX'd with PCa July '12
PSA 5.8
Biopsy 6/27/12
9 of 12 Gleason: 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 30-40%, 3+4 15-20% (All neg PNI)
Negative DRE’s / NO / MO / T1C / Gland size 40gm / Vol. 22gm
Volume Study 8/14/12
Casodex 50mg daily 5 wks prior 2 wks post BT
LDR BT 9/21/12 – no issues
3 mo PSA 12/20 0.48!
6 mo PSA 3/14 0.21!

A Yooper
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   Posted 4/4/2013 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
So for those of you who are regulars out here - was I too vague in my original post? I was hoping for some insight, and being a 'newbie' on this forum I'm not sure how to ask to get input?

Thanks much.
55 yrs old, excellent health - DX'd with PCa July '12
PSA 5.8
Biopsy 6/27/12
9 of 12 Gleason: 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 30-40%, 3+4 15-20% (All neg PNI)
Negative DRE’s / NO / MO / T1C / Gland size 40gm / Vol. 22gm
Volume Study 8/14/12
Casodex 50mg daily 5 wks prior 2 wks post BT
LDR BT 9/21/12 – no issues
3 mo PSA 12/20 0.48!
6 mo PSA 3/14 0.21!

Red_34
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   Posted 4/4/2013 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for the lack of replies A Yooper....the Allergies/Asthma forum is usually pretty slow and it may take a while before you get responses.

I personally do not have asthma (I have bad allergies tho) but my son has asthma but his was more of the cough variant. He hasn't had much issue with it in the past few years (I'm hoping he outgrew it) but he would use an Albuterol inhaler when he was in school when he did anything physical. He developed seasonal allergies/asthma when he was little, probably around 2 years old, and had it thru until he was about 17. He's now 21 and doesn't have much issue with it. He tried everything too, Singulair, Advair, Albuterol etc. Albuterol is probably the best thing that worked for him. He was also on allergy meds such as Allegra or Zyrtec to help control his allergies.

But hopefully someone will come along soon to help you more :)
SHERRY
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Diagnosed Left sided UC '92 - meds: Colazal, Remicade (6mp discontinued due to neuropathy)*Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines*, IBS, Diverticuliar Disease, Fibro, Sacroiilitis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Eye and allergies controlled by Zyrtec and Singular

jujub
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   Posted 4/13/2013 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Exercise will sometimes trigger me, especially in cold weather. Have you tried taking a hit from your albuterol inhaler before you exercise? It seems to help me get through a workout, although it will increase my heart rate by about 20%.
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kazbern
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   Posted 4/13/2013 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, take it before exercise.
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Madpotter
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   Posted 4/14/2013 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I've had asthma since 4 and turning 40 this year! Sounds like you are in great shape! When you say the Advair didn't help how long were you on it? There are two types of inhalers: "controller" inhalers and "rescue" inhalers. You should have both. Advair for example is for long term maintenance. Then you'd want to take your rescue inhaler like Proventil or Albuterol as needed and right before you exercise as kazbern mentioned. Both inhalers work together to keep your airway from becoming constricted. Do you have any allergies that could be triggering your asthma?
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DX UC Jan 2011 (symptoms started 2010), two c-scopes in 2011, flex sig in 2012, asthma, low platelets, low iron

Current: 6MP, Lialda, Allegra/Zyrtec, multivitamin, iron supplement, low fructose, avoid processed food

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A Yooper
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   Posted 4/15/2013 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to everyone that posted!

Shelly, I will defininetly look into Isotonix OPC-3. In fact I have my annual physical this Thursday and will ask my PCP about it, so thanks much for that.

Judy, yep, I do take a hit from the Albuteroal before any exercising - while it does help in low-intensity cardio like when weight lifting, it still doesn't get me over the limit of only being able to "walk fast" versus running.

Madpotter - yes, I do have (had) both rescue and controller - problem is all of the "controller" types I tried did nothing. I do also have allergies, and in fact am in the midst of a sinus infection as we speak, so I do recognize the triggers and do what I can to minimize them.

So then again my major problem is even when I'm not experiencing any noticeable issues with breathing, the minute I try to get aggressive in any form of cardio (full court basketball for example) - even after taking a couple of puffs from the Albuterol, I find myself with no air and if I keep pushing it I get some pretty nasty chest pains that tell me it's time to give it up.

All really, really frustrating as up until the last year or two I've been able to do what I want - despite having asthma since I was a teen. . . .

Thanks again everyone - and still looking for more insight!!!!
55 yrs old, excellent health - DX'd with PCa July '12
PSA 5.8
Biopsy 6/27/12
9 of 12 Gleason: 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 30-40%, 3+4 15-20% (All neg PNI)
Negative DRE’s / NO / MO / T1C / Gland size 40gm / Vol. 22gm
Volume Study 8/14/12
Casodex 50mg daily 5 wks prior 2 wks post BT
LDR BT 9/21/12 – no issues
3 mo PSA 12/20 0.48!
6 mo PSA 3/14 0.21!

A Yooper
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   Posted 4/19/2013 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Update - just had my annual physical yesterday and discussed in detail with my PCP the breathing issues. She got ahold of a pulmonologist and he recommended a new controller inhaler "Dulera" - does anyone have any experience with Dulera?

Thanks much.
55 yrs old, excellent health - DX'd with PCa July '12
PSA 5.8
Biopsy 6/27/12
9 of 12 Gleason: 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+3 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 <5%, 3+4 5-10%, 3+4 30-40%, 3+4 15-20% (All neg PNI)
Negative DRE’s / NO / MO / T1C / Gland size 40gm / Vol. 22gm
Volume Study 8/14/12
Casodex 50mg daily 5 wks prior 2 wks post BT
LDR BT 9/21/12 – no issues
3 mo PSA 12/20 0.48!
6 mo PSA 3/14 0.21!

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   Posted 4/19/2013 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
market america has isatonix (sp) as well as other good things
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