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My Asthma Story

I remember being 5 years old and gasping for breath, stripping off crying and wheezing. My mum and grandma smoked around me regularly. I suffered till about 7 with no help or treatment, then I went for a walk with a slightly older friend and my brother. He saw me struggling and let me try his inhaler. I remember running in saying mum I can breath so she took me to the doctor and I started on Ventolin. I’ve had asthma all my life. I used to have bad attacks and end up in hospital for 7-10 days. Then I’d be out and ok for a while. It’s always been brought on by exercise and cats, soft furred animals, dust, too hot, etc. When I was 30, my asthma seemed to get pretty bad. I was given steroids from time to time when younger but these days they’ve increased and increased as I’ve got older. I used to be a slim toned size 8 but now I’m a hefty size 24. This makes my breathing worse and I feel like rubbish every day. I wish I could find an alternative to steroids. Every time I go to the Dr. I come out with more when my cheats bad. It’s a vicious circle I take steroids, I gain more weight, and that puts a strain on me so it makes me worse. I was called in by my manager about my sickness a few weeks ago. I’ve had a third of the year off cause of it which is terrible, I know. I can’t seem to find the answer. I’m on the strongest steroid inhaler dose, I’m on salbutamol, singular tablets for my dust allergy, gaviscon and lansoprazole for my terrible acid due to steroids and being fat of course. I take pain killers cause I hurt so much. If I were an animal I’d have been shot years ago.

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  • Felicha
    3 years ago

    Has your Doctor thought of trying you on Xolair? Its an allergic asthma shot. I just started taking the shot in January and i am praying it works. So far it seems to be working.

  • lauren.tucker moderator
    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Glad to hear it seems to be working please check back with us soon, we will be thinking of you.
    Best, Lauren ( Team)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Sharon2605 and thanks for your candid depiction of your experiences with asthma. Please know that you are always welcome in our asthma community. We have a wealth of information available to you here on our asthma website. Additionally, I thought you might find it helpful to check out our Facebook page. There you’ll be able to interact with the many community members who exchange thoughts, ideas, information and support with one another. You can find it here: Please feel free to frequent our community as often and for as long as you like.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

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