Newly surprisingly diagnosed with Asthma (coughing)

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cathlaur
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   Posted 4/4/2014 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone
I am 48 and was diagnosed Monday with Asthma after 12 weeks of being sick on and off with a sinus infection, ear and the common cold! I had been on antibiotics for my ear and what we thought was post nasal drip (awful and still have some). I began a horrible cough and started to wheeze, but I thought nothing of that. I just cannot handle the cough which is awful. Since Monday I am on Advair 125 and teva montelukast 10mg at night. I see the dr in another 9 days. WHEN will this work on my cough. The wheezing seems better but the cough.

The Dr thinks my asthma was triggered by my sickness.


I am so new at all this still surprised and I think in denial ****. I just keep thinking bad cold!

Any help would be totally appreciated

Katie

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/4/2014 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I think we all face deial at some point with a new illness.
You can get a second opinion and I would recommend you find an asthma/allergy doctor make an appointment and go from there.
I know many on here that get relief with advair, but advair did not work good for me, so advair might not be a good medication for you.
Make sure your drinking plenty of water and get Vitamin C, if it's a cold like you think Vitamin C should help.
But Go and see an Asthma/Allergy doctor for a second opinion.
If the cough is worse at night then elevate the head of your bed or get a few pillows so your not lying down flat, lying down flat can make asthma worse...
Keep us posted on how your doing...Others will come by with better advice so pay attention to them...
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cathlaur
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   Posted 4/4/2014 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply
When I see my Dr I will talk to her about seeing a specialist. I live in Ontario Canada.
My cough is wet (not sure what that means) I was told the Advair can take a while to get into the system. I am on medication for GERD which has been controlled so I don't think it is that.
 
You are right denial is a normal feeling! But I still have it LOL
 
Katie

kazbern
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   Posted 4/4/2014 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you get a rescue inhaler? You should be using this to control your symptoms.

Since we're heading into a weekend, I would suggest you call your DR today and ask for a pred burst. This will be a 5 day dose of oral steroids that should really reduce inflammation quickly and give you good relief.

Are you doing any sinus lavage? This may help with reducing your cough.
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cathlaur
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   Posted 4/4/2014 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
No rescue inhaler as I am really not having a hard time getting air in!
I have been using sinus washes twice a day!

I am all so new to this!

In Canada there is no calling your Dr to get a prescription and nor would I get an appointment today!

I am cautiously optimistic that I am feeling a tad better.

Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate the support and information!

Katie

kazbern
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   Posted 4/4/2014 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
When you were diagnosed with asthma did they measure your blood oxygen levels? Did they give you a peak flow meter so you could evaluate your own condition?

Maybe this diagnosis is just relevant for your current viral issues and you will not struggle with asthma as a chronic condition. It is pretty common to have virally triggered asthma, but I think that's generally true only for people who have asthma. In other words, you probably should consider this a lifelong issue and get prepared for another round of wheezing and extensive coughing in future episodes of upper respiratory infections.

The trick to managing asthma is to actually manage it effectively. This means becoming aware of your lung function. You can do this by becoming familiar with peak flow measurements, and knowing what your normal is and when you need to start treating an oncoming asthma flare.

You really should have a rescue inhaler just in case.

You should also plan in future to always always always get a flu vaccine. You should probably also talk to your regular DR about vaccines for pneumococcol (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pneumo/default.htm).
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cathlaur
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   Posted 4/4/2014 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
This is the first year I did not get a flu shot! MAN I am kicking myself now!

I am going to be sent to a specialist so did not have the blood oxygen levels checked.

I will certainly ask about the rescue inhaler!

Thanks for the reality check that this could be a life long thing.

Katie

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   Posted 4/4/2014 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad you'll be going to a specialist. Even when your on a medicine for GERD, it can still cause night time asthma, so do look into elevating your bed, you can get blocks at wal-mart or buy a few extra pillows.
I'm on a stomach med for gerd as well and I have my bed elevated and it has help so very much...give it a try, it could help...
Many well wishes...
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cathlaur
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   Posted 4/5/2014 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I just don't think I am on strong enough medication. My cough is still kind of wet and I do wheeze a bit.

This is just so annoying LOL

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/5/2014 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Sure hope the specialist can get you on something better for you. Keep us posted on that. Nebulier treatments might help you to get over this...
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cathlaur
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   Posted 4/7/2014 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone

The cough is starting to cease a bit. Can I ask when your chest feels tight does it almost burn. SO weird.
This is quite the journey
Katie

cathlaur
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   Posted 4/7/2014 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone

The cough is starting to cease a bit. Can I ask when your chest feels tight does it almost burn. SO weird.
This is quite the journey
Katie
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