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What's a resonable time frame to get asthma under control?

I was diagnosed with asthma a year ago, it became severe a few months later. It's still not under control. I use my rescue inhaler several times a week. I'm making progress, but do other folks have these same struggles?

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  1. Hi LeighAnn and thanks for your post. While I'm hopeful you will hear back from others in our community about their own personal experiences, I thought I would chime in here as well. It's important to remember that no two people with asthma are the same. However, if you feel your treatment is dragging on too long (to gain control), you may want to discuss this with the physician providing your care. Do you have confidence in this physician? Do you think a second opinion might be helpful? Please let us hear back from you. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

    1. My diagnosis came somewhat out of the blue, so I sought a 2nd & 3rd opinion.I have confidence in my physician (as they all seem to like her plan). Apparently, my asthma is really stubborn.

      1. Hi LeighAnn and thanks for your response (above) Glad to hear that you do have confidence in this physician who is taking care of you. Please do check back and keep us apprised of your progress. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

    2. Hi Leon and LeighAnn
      Asthma is so unpredictable for me that I never feel it is under control. Control for me is fleeting. I’ve been dealing with serious asthma for about five years. I recently had an attack because of spicy food. Not unheard of but a serious attack had never happened to me before because of something spicy. My triggers change/increase regularly. I am confident in my doctor, she is awesome actually. I am taking all of my daily control meds, I use my rescue inhaler (it’s become part of me) and nebulizer as needed, but because my asthma keeps adding new triggers I often feel nothing about it is under control. There are days when I couldn’t tell you what triggered my breathing distress/attacks. It just is what it is...I do have additional lung/airway/vocal chord problems that contribute to my breathing problem so I’m never sure which issue will rise up and mess with me or when. My asthma action plan is the one thing that makes me feel secure. That doesn’t mean that each attack isn’t terrifying but I know what to do and that provides security for me. My experience is that asthma is just plain old unpredictable, I know all asthmatics don’t have that experience but I do. I’ve learned to accept it and work it into my new state of normal. Instead of expecting it to be predictable and always under controll I have leaned to factor asthma into everything I do.
      Bottom line...I’ve given up waiting for controlled asthma to happen and have learned to work it’s unpredictability into my life. I hope this is not discouraging, it is meant to be quite the opposite.

      1. Hi pch5010 and thanks for taking the time to share your experiences and analysis of your own condition. It sounds like you've adjusted to it and are factoring it in to your day-to-day activities and lifestyle. We appreciate your input and value having you as part of our online community. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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