Docs say I'm fine, and I'm on meds, but ASTHMA still here!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/11/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been to the ER countless of times, and I've seen an allergist and a pulmonary specialist, and despite this and the meds that I'm on: Singulair, Claritin, Advair, Atrovent, and Albuterol on emergency only basis, I still get exacerbations of my symptoms. Not technically severe asthma attacks by any means, but ennough to make me hyperventilate, or feel numb/heavy/tingling and swollen hands, and same with legs/feet/stomach, without the swelling.
we ruled out anything else as I had many tests done, and x rays and my oxygen level is at 100%!!!  Can't get any better than that.
So If I'm really that healthy, and fine, and on all these meds, why do I still FEEL like the asthma is constantly with me?

I Never feel 100% anymore, and I can't go out on humid days and walk/jog b/c I feel like passing out otherwise.
Anyways, the main symptom I feel is chest TIGHTness, and burning/pain. That's only when it gets bad, but the albuterol doesnt always cure it, surprisingly, especially the pain part. It's not really congestion/mucus/or wheezing, it's just tightness, squeezing that FEELS like you're congested but you're really not.
If anything gets congested, it's my nose.
Anyways, what am I to do at this point?

I've already done all I can do, and I guess I'm stuck with this for life unfortunately.
Isn't there ANYTHING that can alleviate symptoms or prevent attacks from occuring, or to reduce their severity?

Because if this is how i feel ON the meds, I can only imagine what I would feel like OFF them. Scary.
Also I heard that asthma is a result from an overactive immune system.
Isn't this technically a GOOD thing, to have an overactive system?

anyways help!

Another Day
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 7/11/2007 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
What symptoms are you having when you feel you need to go to the ER?  What is it about an asthma attack that makes you hyperventilate?  The reason I asked that question is because when I am having a severe attack, I can't imagine having enough air in my lungs to even be able to hyperventilate.  Do you wheeze?  Do you get to where you hardly have enough air moving in your lungs that you can barely talk?  I'm just asking a few questions to try to help you figure out what is going on.
Take care!

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   Posted 7/11/2007 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Singulair,Theophyllin,& use combivent inhaler.Weather has alot to do with it too & barametric pressure.i've had Asthma since i was born.........Some people need a dry area to live in others a wet area.I need the dry like arizona but we don't gave the money to pull up steaks & move.I just live with it.

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   Posted 7/12/2007 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
PLus I have allergies to just about anything that floats in the air.............

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