Breathing is a good thing

I am a child of the late 50’s and was raised surrounded by smokers. With chronic tonsillitis and recurring strep throat, I had my tonsils and adenoids removed at age 7. I ‘barked’ (my mother’s word for my cough) all winter long as a child. As a college student I realized that months went by without my being able to breathe through the right side of my nose and I went for allergy testing. Of course, I had multiple allergies. When I was about 30, I was diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis with a subsequent diagnosis of asthma. Over the next few years, I was sick often and the asthma was just not responding well. I tried all kinds of combinations of medications to no avail until Advair was prescribed. We finally found a combination of meds that works well for me. I can go for months with no asthma symptoms at all, but as I’ve gotten older I have had a couple of bouts of pneumonia, and when I do have an exacerbation, it can take a couple of months to get it completely under control. I feel that I have a good plan to follow (to which I am faithful), a good combination of meds, and good medical care which is critically important because breathing is a good thing!

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  • Cougarkat7
    7 months ago

    Ann, I so understand you are writing my story, I have Asthma, Allergies, been diagnosed with a lung disease! But the doctor never fully explained what that means! I have had Chronic Bronchitis, in the past, many issue with breathing so they give me Prednisone! Pneumonia which I just had and not sure if it went away, was treated with antibiotics! I have not had energy so not sure what is up! I have been coughing my brains out for weeks again! I have a lot of the other fun symptoms of Pneumonia! So it is going to be another call to the doctor on Monday if I can make it through the weekend! If I get worse My loving husband which is also not feeling well will take me in! I hope you feel better soon!

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi AnnaYork and thanks so much for sharing your extensive experience regarding your health history. After all you’ve been through, it must be gratifying for you to have your asthma under such good control To not have symptoms for months at a time is representative of that control. Keep up the good work! Leon (site moderator)

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