I have been on the prostate cancer forum since my husband was diagnosed just over 2 years ago. Just found this forum! I have had asthma for about 20 years (I'm 57). It started when hurricane Hugo damaged the roof of my classroom and the carpet molded and could not be removed. The past year has been especially difficult... and the past month very hard. Major problem with cough. I've seen my pulmonologist multiple times. I'm now on Singulair, Claritin, mucinex, symbicort, Spiriva, deliresp, tesssalon, Azithromycin three times a week, have a ventolin inhaler and a nebulizer to use when needed, additionally, I have tussinex (codeine cough syrup) to use at night. (and all of that is in addition to meds for high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight control and omeprazole so my stomach won't rebel with all those pills). I've temporarily stopped the Spiriva because it gave me such a dry mouth and didn't seem to make any positive difference.
I take care of my mother-in-law (strokes, a-fib, broke hip 3 years ago), help with my mom (knee replacement, other issues), and often have to babysit with 15 month old granddaughter. All in addition to hubby having prostate cancer. I can't afford to be so sick for so long.
One of the pulmonologists want me to have the bronchial thermoplasty and is willing to fight with my insurance company for it. But until we can get me clear for a little while that won't happen. I am getting despite. All I've been able to do for more than a month is rest! I had to stop going to my ceramics class, can't exercise, do little house work, and worry about driving very far- afraid I'll have a major cough incident and have to pull over quickly.
I realize that none of us are doctors, but wondered if anyone had suggestions for me to talk about with my pulmonologists.
Thanks for 'listening' to my frustrations. I appreciate any ideas.