I really need some help (asthma)

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AsthmaBipolarBPD
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   Posted 8/4/2013 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey ya'll!
I joined here because I really need some help. I'm 27, a Masters student in Criminology getting ready to head into the first PhD program that accepts me, I'm Bipolar, have Borderline Personality Disorder and I have the wonderful gift of Asthma. I was diagnosed 5-7 years ago when I was asymptomatic and in the last 3 years was diagnosed again (by two separate doctors) because I worked at a dog daycare and was having trouble breathing but couldn't figure out why. Well, that was why. That summer I was very very sick, last year I had trouble with my asthma but got through it, this year it has been debilitating (interferes with functioning. I can't leave the house, and hardly my room) since July. It is now August 4th. Here's the lowdown for THIS summer:

-High/Moderate weed pollen
-High/moderate humidity
-High heat (although it's only about 75 here in Michigan today)

My asthma has been tight/cough/chest pain/can't-catch-my-breath etc. I'm not a wheezer for some reason and never have been. I'm trying to understand why it gets SO bad in July. I was able to be outside for May and June but as soon as July hit, it was over...and still is. Lately the only way I get relief is to sit still in my room with my air purifier. I do NOT take preventative meds, I refuse to take steroids. I do chiropractic care (although that has been spotty), holistic (e.g. essential oils, supplements, etc) and my albuterol never helps anymore as I have to have so much of it that it's not worth the $55-$60 I pay for it, so I drink coffee (which I have since 2005 anyway).

If anyone understands what's going on or you have any suggestions, please speak up! I am SICK and TIRED of suffering. I literally have been in my room 24/7 (for the most part. I have left the house a few times but no more than 10 and probably less than 7) coughing or hyperventilating for over a month. The urgent care doctors I see don't get it either...I can't have Prednisone d/t my Bipolar medication but I am 100% open to natural/homeopathic/etc remedies. THANKS so much!

couchtater
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   Posted 8/5/2013 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know any holistic treatments for asthma. Besides avoidance of triggers.

Are you willing to try advair?

It keeps me clear and I'm able to take it with my paxil.
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Charlie69
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   Posted 8/17/2013 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

I found an alternative method of dealing with asthma. It worked for me.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sunshine.advancedvibrationalhealing&hl=en

tsholocius
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   Posted 8/21/2013 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Guys i have asthma its been 6/7yrs nw since i had it,what suprises me is that it doesnt attack me, i only have chestpain,drycough n sometimes sneeZ blood.please somebody help me with an explanation or something anything i need to knoow more about this disease

Dred
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   Posted 11/5/2013 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
tsholocius , good for you it doesn't attack you as often as others do. My brother experienced the same he's asthmatic when he was younger and now he's 25 , its been years like 5 or so yrs it doesn't bother him anymore. proper management i guess. what did you do by the way?

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/6/2013 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
To AstmaBipolarBPD: Are you still working around dogs? Have you had allergy testing for dogs? I'm highly allergic to dogs and they can trigger my asthma. If you worked around them then that animal dander can still be on your clothes and you probably should get new clothes.
Hope this is helpful and sorry to be late in responding to you...
You really need to see an allergy asthma doctor and maybe nebulizer treatments could help you better. I found elevating the head of the bed at night helpful. Maybe ask your primary doctor if acid reflux is a trigger for you...
Many well wishes and hope your doing better...
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Dred
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   Posted 11/13/2013 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Chartreux, animal danders really triggers asthma and dusts too.. so you have to always clean your surroundings , do you use ventolin too?

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/15/2013 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
No, but I do use xopenex as a rescue and if in a bad flair I have xopenex for nebulizer treatments. Ventolin just didn't help me as good. But I also do not have dogs and cats do not bother me. Mostly cold weather, smoke, dogs, molds and sometimes dust are my triggers...every once in awhile very strong perfumes will set me off too...so I do know my triggers...Thank you.
I do know animal dander can cause a flair but, animal saliva can also trigger flairs and then if they've been outside on rainy days the mold on their feet can also be a trigger.
So always be careful with animals if they are a trigger for a flair.
Many well wishes...
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Dred
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   Posted 11/17/2013 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Chartreux, yes weather, dusts and molds causes a lot of allergies and animals / pets too like dogs and cats. Others uses dehumidifier to get away with these allergies.. but for some they use it and take medicines too. Allergy shots will help too, Omalizumab (Xolair) shots given every 2 to 4 weeks is also effective.. i don't know if you've heard of it.
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