Late Bloomer

I am 55 years old and just recently learned I had eosinophilic asthma. I suffered for 3 years with a nasty, long-lasting cough every fall and winter (I live in Minnesota). I could never sleep and was always exhausted and out of breath. I would see my doctor and they would prescribe different meds and always assuming it was a post-viral cough.

It wasn't until Thanksgiving 2019 that a guest at my house happened to be a nurse practitioner. She heard me coughing and asked about my symptoms. The first thing she said is "You have asthma! You have to go back to your doctor and tell them you have asthma!" Luckily I followed her recommendations and to make a long story short, I was referred to an allergy and asthma specialist and received my diagnosis.

My new doctor started me on several medications including prednisone. We discovered that my asthma could not be controlled without steroids and I ended up with some pretty nasty attacks and I believe a mild form of Cushing Syndrome. It was then he tested me and discovered I had severe eosinophilic asthma. I now use several medications but the one that has helped the most is Nucala. I feel much better but I have to strictly follow my medication regimen. It has really been an educational experience!

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