Chartreux - yes, I do have long term maintance meds, but have been having a hard time finding a good one. The doctor put me on Advair with Ipratropium, and besides the inconvience of taking my nebulizer three times a day plus my inhaler(s), it seemed to be ok...until about two weeks later when I started finding little patches of unexplained hives showing up in various places all over. When I started to have swelling in my fingers, however, I quit the ipratropium. The hives and swelling clear up. Then later on, I started having numbness on my tongue and lips as well as my cheeks/face...I didn't know if that was from the Advair or not, so I went back to my Qvar. My doctor didn't know either and so he seemed pretty happy when I asked for a referal to see a pulmonologist. He thought I should also see an allergy specialist but I'm not too eager to do that. I've been through a lot of allergy testing and it's not something I like. :P I have to call today and see if they got me an appointment yet. The office here is pretty slow.
Thank you for your kindness.