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Cozy's Mama
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   Posted 2/20/2014 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, this is my first post in this forum although I did introduce myself in the Fibromyalgia forum.

I am really at my wits end. I adopted a beautiful little dachshund puppy about 2 weeks ago and my asthma symptoms are pretty much off the charts. At my best I feel like a very large person is standing on my chest.

Although I despise prednisone, I am taking a low dose just to keep from going into a full blown crisis.

I love my puppy so much and I am desperate to keep her. Can anyone recommend a non steroidalal medication or protocol that will help me get some relief?

I am keeping her off my bed and following the general guidelines but I am in misery. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thank you.

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   Posted 2/20/2014 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
You could try allergy shots, but the first thing the allergist will tell you is to find the puppy a new home. I understand your love for the pup, as I have two myself, but I don't know of any other solution.
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   Posted 2/20/2014 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
You can try an allergy med such as Allegra or Zrytec because it sounds like your allergic? Also, they have anti-allergen shampoo for dogs that you can find at most pet supply places. Bathing or have her bathed twice a week or as much as her skin will allow. Also, keep her out your bedroom 100%.
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Cozy's Mama
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   Posted 2/22/2014 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Judy and Sherry, thank you so much for replying. I did take the Zyrtec, well the generic, and it helps but I still need a little prednisone. Much less however. I took 5 mg with a zyrtec this morning and it worked fairly well until dinnertime, and then I took another 5 mg prednisone with 12 mg benedryl. Also using my inhaler a bit.

I'm reasoning that I am suffering badly from spring allergies and that Cozy is exacerbating them. It's very very hard but I am not giving up. She's a very good dog and she likes her own bed, fortunately.

Thank you again.
disco queen, wild child, and radio broadcast professional, diagnosed 30 years ago with fibro and post polio.

post polio, fibro, asthma, allergies, sciatica, arthritis, depression, anxiety, vertigo, inner ear imbalance with ringing and deafness, and sleep disorder

"Hang in there, it does get better".

Chartreux
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   Posted 2/22/2014 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that you need an allergy doctor and to get the allergy shots...I'm also highly allergic to dogs so your not alone on that, However, I have 4 kitties and they are my little loves, I tried a dog once and ended up having to take it back as my allergies got that bad. Look into a nice outdoors type dog house so that during the day it can stay outside. Some dog houses are heated in case your in a cold area. and go get those allergy shots...Sure hope the allergy shots will give you relief...
Many well wishes on this...
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KittyWobs
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   Posted 2/23/2014 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.

I am taking oral (sublingual) drops as a means to get rid of my allergies. I was told it is a much quicker process (6 months to a year) to get results.

It has helped me quite a bit so far and it has been only 3 months.

Best of luck.

Cozy's Mama
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   Posted 2/28/2014 3:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all, thanks so much for your feedback. I'm really happy to say that I have almost completely stopped taking the prednisone, maybe a 1/4 every other day because Zyrtec and plain 'ol benedryl, taken in small amounts, is helping a lot.

I had to get rid of the puppy papers, as I am way more allergic to urine and feces, so I throw the paper away in a zip lock bag as soon as she uses it.

4 more weeks and we can walk in the park!

Chartreux thank you for your suggestion but I don't believe in leaving dogs outside, they are pack animals and need their people. I am a member of "Dogs Deserve Better" ans I live in the city in an apartment building.

Kitty, may I ask, what drops are you taking? Congratulations on getting some relief! Please share..

Post Edited (DiscoLadyCA) : 2/28/2014 7:04:43 AM (GMT-7)


Chartreux
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   Posted 2/28/2014 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
So glad to hear your getting some relief, don't forget that doggie baths might help as well....
Hope things continue to improve for you...The dog outside would be a last resort and I didn't mean it to offend...Dr. Smiths and Fosters has some get products to train your dog to use the same locations outside...(The are kinda expensive, but our pets are worth a little extra!)...
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Cozy's Mama
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   Posted 3/1/2014 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Chartreux, no offense taken! I hope I didn't seem short there..I am looking for a new roommate and with having a puppy I am just exhausted. Thank GOD the allergies are improving I was just terrified I would have to find her another home and this little puppy has already been through a lot in her 12 weeks on earth.

I will definitely look into the Drs. F&S. training sprays. We got our ramps for my first dachshund many years ago from them and they are really a great item, still working fine 16 years later.

Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback it's most appreciated.
disco queen, wild child, and radio broadcast professional, diagnosed 30 years ago with fibro and post polio.

post polio, fibro, asthma, allergies, sciatica, arthritis, depression, anxiety, vertigo, inner ear imbalance with ringing and deafness, and sleep disorder

"Hang in there, it does get better".

Cozy's Mama
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   Posted 3/3/2014 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again all, Just want to post an update.

I have been taking 1/2 a benadryl at bedtime and a Zyrtec in the morning but today I took a 1/2 benadryl and I am tired and depressed. I won't be taking benadryl during daytime/functional hours again.

Hope that helps someone!
disco queen, wild child, and radio broadcast professional, diagnosed 30 years ago with fibro and post polio.

post polio, fibro, asthma, allergies, sciatica, arthritis, depression, anxiety, vertigo, inner ear imbalance with ringing and deafness, and sleep disorder

"Hang in there, it does get better".

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/3/2014 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Benadryl can do that, it's not a medicine to use if you need to stay awake. Sometimes when I can't go to sleep I take a benadryl, it's not everyday and I know I'll probably get fall out from that, but I have so much going on, it helps me sleep every once in awhile.
Maybe talk to an allergy doctor for something better to use during the day. Most allergy products for daytime have a decongestant in them...However, sudafed also put me to sleep and I had to used non drowsy sudafed...better to ask a doctor for help on this one...
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Cozy's Mama
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   Posted 3/4/2014 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had the greatest luck with the allergy doctor I saw, he just put me on prednisone and I had no clue about over the counter meds.

Keeping Cozy meant so much to me, and I thought "at least try everything out there" and I lucked out with the Zyrtec, makes me wonder how things might have been better had I tried otc a long time ago.

I was really surprised how miserable and grim I felt after taking that benedryl. Live and learn!
disco queen, wild child, and radio broadcast professional, diagnosed 30 years ago with fibro and post polio.

post polio, fibro, asthma, allergies, sciatica, arthritis, depression, anxiety, vertigo, inner ear imbalance with ringing and deafness, and sleep disorder

"Hang in there, it does get better".

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/4/2014 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow really allergy doctor put you on pred first, that's a doctor to stay away from, maybe try another doctor. There's always something to try before just giving pred out...geezee even my RA doctor is leary of putting me on pred...Try another doctor, don;t give up on them yet...
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Cozy's Mama
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   Posted 3/14/2014 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, he did! I kept asking for the allergy shots, and he kept telling me I had to wait until the inflammation got better. It made sense at the time. He also had me inhaling some purple inhaler with powder and when I looked it up online it said "may cause death" so I stopped that because I was continuing to have severe asthma attacks.

I am sure he knew better than I how destructive long term, daily, prednisone use is. Another thing, he was perfectly happy having me come in for the same breathing tests every 2 weeks, it almost felt like he was milking the system, and I was not getting better. He was a pleasant enough man I just wasn't making very much progress..

When he billed me a huge co-payment that I wasn't expecting, as I believe I have full coverage for my copay, I stopped going.

Eventually I kind of hit a plateau with the asthma, I have it, it never fully goes away and I have to watch my triggers, but I have a little control with the rescue inhaler, allergy meds and a tiny bit of prednisone, like 5 mg every couple of days. I'm living with it.

I wish I had acupuncture coverage, I really should see if I can get that. I know it would help.

Hope you are having a lovely and restful weekend!
disco queen, wild child, and radio broadcast professional, diagnosed 30 years ago with fibro and post polio.

post polio, fibro, asthma, allergies, sciatica, arthritis, depression, anxiety, vertigo, inner ear imbalance with ringing and deafness, and sleep disorder

"Hang in there, it does get better".
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