You forget that symptoms are not normal.

I’ve been asthmatic since I was a child. And that’s all I really know. So I expect to have to take my blue inhaler when I get symptoms. That just becomes the reality. The trouble is….that when my symptoms become more persistent than I do tend to ignore or forget about them, that is until I have a bigger flare up or asthma attack.

And then it happened again

This happened recently again. I had a pretty big asthma flare-up where not only was I woken during the night and needed 8 puffs of my inhaler and managed to get back to sleep for a bit, but I was then woken by my asthma again and this time I needed over 20 puffs. I was jittery, trembling and my heart was racing by this point. But I did manage to catch my breath. It’s only when something like that happens that I start to evaluate my symptoms and the recurrence of them. I’m now on 8 puffs of my preventer a day to try and get me back to a normal level. I find it hard because for me, using inhalers is such a normal part of my daily life that I forget that it’s not normal to need them as much.

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  • krishwaecosse author
    5 months ago

    Thank you for your reply. I’ve been in contact with my doctor and nurse. I was given a course of prednisolone to help, and my budesonide was increased. This seemed to help improve things but I was having some symptoms (albeit milder). Currently trying to step down the budesonide to see if symptoms continue or worsen before seeing if we need to try something stronger

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi krishwaecosse, and thanks for sharing your story with us on our asthma.net website. It sounds like you had quite the (asthma) attack, based on your description here. I am curious if you had a chance to follow up with your physician following what appears to have been a significant exacerbation? Although using rescue inhalers are, in general, part of any medication regimen, they certainly are not the only method of treatment. Do you think that your asthma might be controlled better with an adjustment to your medications? Have you considered seeing a physician for a complete assessment and strategy for care and treatment?
    We are glad to have you as a member of our online community and appreciate your participation elsewhere on the website. I realize you and I have interacted before, but I wanted to make certain to acknowledge your ‘story’ here, as well.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi krishwaecosse, and thanks for sharing your experience with asthma and how exacerbations affect you. It’s important that you understand your asthma symptoms and recognize how to treat yourself when these sorts of flare-ups occur. It sounds like you do understand but sometimes forget to take your medication when you’re supposed to. I thought you might find it helpful to look over this material on ‘medication compliance’ – it might provide you with some additional insight for your expressed concerns: https://asthma.net/living/medication-compliance/. I’m sorry this has happened to you – you may want to discuss it further with your prescribing physician. Please do check back and let us know how you’re doing. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

  • krishwaecosse author
    5 months ago

    I’m good at remembering to take my preventer medication, but even still my asthma flares up when the seasons start to change or there’s a change in the weather. Because there’s quite a few things that trigger my asthma, I still need my reliever sometimes even though I’m regularly taking my budesonide inhaler.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi again, krishwaecosse and thanks for the explanation. We appreciate your input and sharing your current situation. Warmly, Leon (site moderator)

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