Hi Real Estate Girl,
We have a lot in common. I was diagnosed with asthma as well when I was in highschool. I just ignored it because it was not that bad, and stopped taking my medicine which was Singular at that time. For many years I was fine, but then I moved to NJ, about five years ago, and it started to flare up so bad. I just started coughing, and then sweat, and then next thing I know I could barely breathe. I finally realized I was having an asthma attack. It was my first ever.
At first I went to my primary doctor, who gave me albuterol and put me on steriods for a week. I went back, but it wasn't completely better, so she put me on Singluar 10mg. I was still having coughing attacks. So, I went back to her again but, she didn't do much. So, I got sick of that and finally went to an allergist/asthma specialist. That was when I got the most help.
They did allery testing and it comes out that I am VERY allergic to mold and among other things. So, she put me on Advair, 250/50 mg and it did nothing along with the Advair, so then she gave me Advair 500/50 and prescribed Nexium to see if I have silent reflux. I have been on those meds. for awhile now, and have seen a major difference. The coughing spells are less, and I am rarely weezing, but due to this crazy weather over in the east, it is starting to act up once again.
I would suggest seeing an allergist, that is who helped me the most. I hope you feel better soon, I know it can be tough, but hang in there. Sorry, I wrote you a book, but I hope it has helped some. Keep us updated.