Mild Asthma Problems

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turtlemama1
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   Posted 11/15/2013 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
A couple of years ago I had this really sharp pain on my left side when I took a breath. Went to the doctor, got a chest x-ray. The doctor asked me if I smoked and I said no. Was diagnosed with "mild inflammation" aka asthma. I was shocked.

I'm not sure how I came to this. I have never had asthma my entire life. I keep thinking this developed from my allergies. Mine can be very severe, sneezing a lot and exposed to allergens.

I've never had an asthma attack, but when I was first diagnosed I was given an inhaler which helped with the pain.

Last time I went to the doctor, I was given an inhaler but it expired in two months. Lately I have been feeling winded and short of breath when I stand up. I can breathe ok but once in awhile i will have a pain here and there.

I'm wondering If I need to be using an inhaler on a daily basis.
Like a lot of people out there, I currently have no health insurance and having a running bill with my doctor. They have given me free inhalers in the past.

Last time I got a chest x-ray it was 80 dollars. I don't want to let this go and end up in the ER if an attack did occur.

Anybody else have "mild asthma" ? I don't always have the symptoms but it's beginning to worry me.

kazbern
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   Posted 11/15/2013 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
the best way to prevent an asthma attack is to keep your asthma in control. Many people have asthma triggered by seasonal allergies, so managing your seasonal allergies is a good first step to treating your asthma. You can get over the counter non-drowsy antihistamines for very low prices at most pharmacies or even discount centers like Costco. During your allergy season don't go outside unless you have to, and run your a/c in your car on recycle. Change the filters in your home and car a/c.

The next step to controlling your asthma is to remove likely irritants from your home and workspace. If you can, get rid of upholstery, carpeting and draperies, or have them cleaned regularly. These things catch dust and dander and can trigger asthma. Also, cockroaches are a common asthma trigger. If you live in an old home or building you probably have roach droppings hiding in dark corners. Clean them and keep the roaches out.

Stay away from second hand smoke. Pay attention to the ozone advisories in your town. Don't light a fire in your fireplace and don't hang around campfires - wood smoke is a common asthma trigger.

You do not need an x-ray to diagnose asthma. Get yourself a peak flow monitor from the pharmacy and check your peak flow (ask the pharmacist how to do that) before and after you use a rescue inhaler. Your baseline value is the one after use of the rescue inhaler. You should get into the habit of checking your peak flow every day, and when you feel short of breath. If your peak flow drops by 10% of your baseline (I think that's the caution point, ask your pharmacist) then your asthma is not in control.

If you have done your best to control your triggers and you still can't keep your asthma under control you will need an inhaled steroid like pulmicort. This is a pretty expensive med, but if you don't use it your asthma will get worse and you may end up in the ER with a giant bill or worse, dead. I just read today that each day 9 people in the US die from asthma attacks. I'm sure some of them started out with mild disease.

Last thing is to beware of colds and other respiratory viruses. These often make asthma flare. You should get a flu shot to prevent a full blown asthma disaster triggered by influenza. You should wash your hands frequently and avoid contact with people who have colds. If you do feel that you are getting a cold, you should start using your preventative inhaler (the steroid one) right away.
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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

turtlemama1
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   Posted 11/15/2013 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I don't plan on dying anytime soon so I better get myself to the doctor :)

I take allergy medication regularly. Spring and Summer tend to be the worst time of year for my allergies. Once winter rolls around, I barely sneeze at all. Right now I don't have any pain.

I live in a small apartment and I clean regularly to try and keep dust away but it never seems to. Would a humidifier be beneficial to help purify the air? I'm not around second hand smoke a lot but I have been exposed to it in the past.

I just would feel much better if I had an inhaler I could use to help me breathe better.

I'm a germaphobe so I am constantly disinfecting my apartment, where I work, especially my desk. I always wash my hands with hot water and use hand sanitizer. I don't get sick often and when people around me are sick, I take extra precaution.

Thank you for your reply. I've never been on one of these sites before and I just want people to talk to about this

kazbern
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   Posted 11/15/2013 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
A humidifier is helpful if you have sinus congestion, but I don't consider it an air purifier.

A rescue inhaler isn't what you want (although you should have one). The preventative inhaler is the key!
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50 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
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

turtlemama1
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   Posted 11/15/2013 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was first diagnosed, my doctor gave me a regular inhaler to take twice a day for two weeks to get rid of in the inflammation (which it did) and he also gave me a rescue inhaler just in case but I never needed it. It expired long ago so I tossed it.

I also have slight anxiety and I'm a little bit of a hypochondriac

I don't have any breathing problems when I sleep but I notice if I'm sitting on the couch and I go get up to use the bathroom or go to the kitchen I am a little winded so that is my main concern right now

Now that winter is approaching, my allergies are more calm. I was convinced that because I sneezed so often and so hard, it cause some of the inflammation in my lungs.

turtlemama1
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   Posted 11/15/2013 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I plan on going back to my doctor in a few weeks and asking for a preventative inhaler, just in case symptoms arise

kazbern
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   Posted 11/15/2013 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure that sneezing a lot did not cause your asthma.

Did you know that the most commonly diagnosed chronic illness for women in their 30s is asthma? I got diagnosed the year I turned 30, although I'd had symptoms for a few years before that.

Getting winded when you stand up sounds frustrating, but I'm not sure it sounds like asthma.
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50 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
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

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 11/15/2013 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Preventive medication are for daily use and not to replace rescue meds. Ie your inhaler you use in an attack is your rescue meds. Preventive meds are to help you keep asthma in control so you have fewer attacks. I take alvesco daily to help control my asthma. I now know most of my triggers so I seldom have attacks. Usually what gets me is when I am sick I need to use my nebulizer with duoneb in it every four hours to help me breathe.
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turtlemama1
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   Posted 11/15/2013 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I just realized something. The last two times I got my blood drawn by my doctor, he said I had low potassium levels. I just read that low potassium levels are associated with irregular heart beat and shortness of breath

I'm wondering if I need to get that checked again

kazbern
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   Posted 11/15/2013 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
or just eat more bananas and raisins.
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50 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
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

Dred
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   Posted 11/22/2013 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
turtlemama1,

I agree with kazbern," A humidifier is helpful if you have sinus congestion." An air purifier is for the dusts and pollen,pet danders, to filter the air.

Try juicing ginger as well..

Dred
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   Posted 12/10/2013 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
turtlemama1, "I'm wondering If I need to be using an inhaler on a daily basis.
Like a lot of people out there, I currently have no health insurance and having a running bill with my doctor. They have given me free inhalers in the past. "

Don't use it unless necessary and only if you have difficulty in breathing. Being dependent in inhaler is not good at all. stay away from dust and other allergens that can trigger your asthma.
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