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Asthma Comorbidities

A comorbidity is a condition that occurs in addition to a primary illness. For some people, comorbidities make asthma more difficult to control.
What comorbidities do you contend with in addition to your asthma? Share your experience with managing multiple conditions below.

  1. The delayed diagnosis of my asthma caused me months of gasping for air. During this time I started getting severe thoracic backpain.
    The ribs are connected to the intervertebrae discs with ligaments and have joints with the vertebrae discs. I have 3 disc potrusions in my thoracic spine now and one of the is indenting my spinal cord which not only causes a lot of neurological symptoms in my legs, but also symptoms that are very similar to heart problems and stomach ulcer.
    Have been send to hospital with chest pains several times now to rule out a heart attack even though I told the doctor that it's probably muscle spasms due to my back. Now had to have further heart tests to hopefully exclude underlying heart problems.
    Regardless of this, the muscle spasms of my chest feel a bit different then the bronchial spasms but sometimes it all feels the same and I have no clue anymore what's the cause of my pain and or shortness of breath.
    Anyone else developed thoracic spine problems due to uncontrolled asthma attacks?

    1. I did some searching in the archives and while I couldn't immediately find anything about spine issues, I have no doubt that you are unfortunately not alone in this. As I'm sure you know, it's pretty common to experience pain, bruising and even fractures in the ribs and surrounding areas from the intensity of coughing, etc. I am not shocked to hear that could also affect the back or thoracic spine. I'm glad you're getting your heart checked out, though -- it's always better to be on the safe side. Have you and your doctor come up with a plan to address your back issues? I know how debilitating they can be and I hope you can get on a path toward less pain soon. -Melissa, asthma.net team


    2. Hi,


      I'm very curious about similar experiences. I'm getting treatment with facet joint nerve ablations, from a pain specialist.
      I'm suing the hospital for medical negligence. I was left gasping for air for months, because they were so convinced I had anxiety that they didn't even used a peakflow meter and salbutamol to see if I might have bronchospasm. This is when the backpain started. My pain specialist is writing a legal report. However a recent MRI showed that there is more damage then initially thought there was and need to see a neurologist now to determine if an operation is necessary.
      It's a long process but hopefully I or one of my doctors get it under control.
      But that's why I would like to know similar experiences.

  2. I have many of the same issues, but my protuding diiscs happened before my asthma. Still have same pain and issues though, often aggravated by moderate ssthma with exacerbations. Been in the hospital several timesto rule out heart problems. I also told EMTs and Drs. It was a muscle spasm. I believe the asthma attacks made the discs worse

    1. I have a few cormoboditis. I have 2 different types of tumors in the brain. The one I had to get treated with radiation has left me with very rare, seen only in medical school textbooks, complication. I have sleep apnea. Just found out that my brain isn't able to process words anymore, just sounds. (So very little hearing in right ear? I have something wrong with the membrane in the back of my left eye, so going blind. Damn! I have more, but this is making me feel depressed, so I will stop at this for now

      1. Hi Bleu, and thanks for joining in the conversation here as it relates to asthma and comorbidities. I did notice that you posted something similar elsewhere on our asthma.net community platform, and was able to respond to you there. For your convenience, and ease of reference, here is a link to that conversation: https://asthma.net/members/communitymember4ace83/status/122561. I do hope you have an opportunity to review it when time permits.
        Warm regards,
        Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

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