can asthma happen fast

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jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/29/2013 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had trouble breathing for about a month, like I'm breathing through a straw
last night it got worse, went to ER. My o2 levels were 92%ish.
my question. I've never had asthma. But it's progressing fairly fast.
is this asthma?

I've got an appt. With specialist on the 5th.
ER gave me albuterol, which helps, but makes me shakey.

how serious does this sound.
I'm not Guns lie im kinda scared. I'm 24 never had any breathing problems.
thanks guys.

jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/29/2013 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll also add that when my breathing gets rough I get paniky. That didn't help. Can you guys give me some help.i just had to use my inhailor again because I couldn't breathe. I'm in a clean room no pets no smoke why is this happening

jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/29/2013 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Some more info (on top of figuring this out I work 6 to 7days a week)
I've used my rescue inhailor probably more than I should but its all I have. Currently at a super warm house that is making it pretty rotten. How much is 2 much

jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/29/2013 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry for super posting. Like I said in an at home caregiver for seniors and developmentally disabled younger folk.

My symptoms just before what I'm guessing is asthma attack are

Sweating
Coughing
Dizzyness
Anxiety

During its the same but with everything being worse.

After my neck and diaphram are pretty sore.

jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/29/2013 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Any thoughts you guys??

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   Posted 8/30/2013 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Asthma can come on fast. You should follow the instructions on your rescue inhaler (the albuterol) and not use it more than prescribed (about every 4 hours). The shaky feeling is normal.

Try to use relaxation techniques when this happens. Usually if you sit up and relax your diaphragm and chest this will help your breathing.

Triggers might be reflux, or ozone, or a viral infection, or other allergans that you aren't aware of - if you live in the south, ozone is still a problem at this time of year.
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jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/30/2013 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in Kentucky. Ragweed and all that stuff is all over here...

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   Posted 8/30/2013 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are allergic to ragweed you should be taking an oral antihistamine. Go to your local pharmacy and get an OTC one. Also get sinus saline wash and use it twice a day. This should help keep your sinuses clear and maybe relieve some of the irritation from your bronchial cords.
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Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)generic Colazal (96 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), psyllium (1/2T daily), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Colonoscopy found no evidence of inflammation on 8/16/1

jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/30/2013 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, ragweed was a guess. I've no clue what's triggering my asthma. I have an allergy test the 50 scratches or whatever on the 5th

kazbern
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   Posted 8/30/2013 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
You shouldn't wait until then. Take an antihistamine today and see if it helps. You should not take an antihistamine before your scratch test tho - in fact, call the allergist's office and see how many days they want you to stay off antihistamines before your scratch test.

The saline wash is perfectly fine to use now and it might really help. I like NeilMed's brand. You should also get a humidifier and use it in your bedroom when you are sleeping.
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Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)generic Colazal (96 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), psyllium (1/2T daily), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Colonoscopy found no evidence of inflammation on 8/16/1

jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/30/2013 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Tylenol and zyrtec haven't been any help for the past month. Thanks for the responses, sorry I'm so jumbled. Alot going on.

jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/31/2013 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
kazbern said...
If you are allergic to ragweed you should be taking an oral antihistamine. Go to your local pharmacy and get an OTC one. Also get sinus saline wash and use it twice a day. This should help keep your sinuses clear and maybe relieve some of the irritation from your bronchial cords.


Did what you said and got that saline rinse. My nose is much less stuffed up. Good looking out.

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   Posted 8/31/2013 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi jakeworkerman,
I have asthma, so I understand the feeling of not getting enough oxygen.  Have you ever considered the possibility that you have GERD/reflux?  My asthma was made much worse by my reflux until I got it into control.  You can have asthma-like symptoms caused by reflux getting into your lungs, which can be damaging.
 
I suspect that your allergist will be aware of the GERD/asthma connection, so be sure to mention it.  You can have silent reflux and not even be aware that it is happening. 
 
Let us know how your appointment goes!
Best wishes,
Denise
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jakeworkman89
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   Posted 8/31/2013 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Never had acid reflex before but I'll look into it.

dencha
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   Posted 9/1/2013 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi jakeworkerman,
My asthma doc told me that it doesn't take very much reflux at all to wreak havoc on your lungs.  It may be totally off base, but it's worth discussing with your doctor. 
Take care, 
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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