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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/17/2006 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. This might be long but I have questions and am hoping for some answers. about 4 months ago I started having chest pain and trouble breathing when I worked out, especially when I did water aerobics. I thought the chlorine was bothering me as my lungs felt like I had suffered a chemical burn. One day after 2 hours of water aerobics and then a 8 mile bike ride later I got chest pain and could not catch my breath. After a night in the hospital and a cardiac cath I was diagnosed with exercise and allergy induced asthma. I am 51.
I am going through the usual denial thing but getting better. I started on advair but asked the Dr for something cheaper so am no on Qvar. My questions. I looked up all the side effects to the Qvar and bone loss is one of them. I already have pretty bad bone loss which is why I lift weight and exercise so it doesn't get worse. It scared me enough I tapered myself off the Qvar but now am back to feeling like I can't catch my breath. I don't feel like my asthma is bad enough to have me on steroid inhalers and it worries me about the side effects. I have albuterol for quick relief. Also the Qvar gives me terrible hot flashes. Anyone else have concerns about these meds or am I just freaking out for nothing? What else could I use? Thanks for any responses in advance.

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/30/2006 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I am using Flovent steroid inhaler twice a day and ventolin for rescue symptoms.

I haven't had any side effects and from what I've read there is not much risk from inhaled steroid.

Maybe ask for that and see how it goes? My asthma is mild as well, but persistant, so im glad I got a controller as well as a rescue inhaler.
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