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My Asthma

I am in my mid 30’s. My family and I have had asthma a lot of our lives. My Dad (sadly he’s passed away now) got his asthma pretty early on and Mum, she got hers later in life when she got sick with a bout of bronchitis. I don’t know when I got my asthma.

Simple things set off asthma

My asthma can be set off by the smallest and simplest things but most of the times it is at least okay except the excess mucus (sorry if you were eating reading this). If I am around a place that has smoke in or even round it for too long, then I get breathless and sometimes I
will go into an asthma attack. The last bad one was when I was going to get someone, and the driver was smoking in their own car (fair enough I suppose because it was not mine they were driving.) Anyway, later that night I was with the person I was going to pick up and there were 4 people there and myself. I went to lay down and couldn’t breathe properly and got really bad and I even went blue and couldn’t even breathe so of course the ambulance was called and yup I landed up going to the Emergency Room. I was fine enough to go back to where I was staying. If I am in a smoggy area for more than 2 weeks, then I’m done for. As for the heat, I think I am fine with that; nothing noted there. If I get sick, then I find my asthma gets worse and can, like most people I guess get bad asthma and if it gets really bad maybe an asthma attack. So, at this point in my life, I am okay as far as asthma attacks or really bad ones like I did have a while back as I have stated above.

Changing your treatment

I have changed and changed and changed my medications for a lot of my asthmatic life. I’m currently about to tell the Dr. where to stick this medication because I feel like it is not really the best for me to be using or else they will just have to give me another inhaler to use as a rescue inhaler because they have me on just one and that is the Turbuhaler and not combined with an inhaler even though I had a conversation with someone and they said their partner was on the same thing as me plus the old rescue inhaler I was on.

This autumn and now winter alone I have probably been sick with my asthma or something else and it’s affected my asthma about 3 times or more.

Over all of it

So over asthma and anything to come with it like bronchitis and pneumonia. Thankfully I’ve never got as far to my knowledge or not that I remember as pneumonia. I had a really bad year last year with bronchitis but this year “knock on wood” it hasn’t got that bad.

Thanks for reading this long story about me and my asthma.

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Comments

  • iam2nd
    4 months ago

    I realize I am late to the party here – but did this girl say she has asthma but DOES NOT have a rescue inhaler? Her Turbuhaler is not enough – that is a maintenance medication, but will not help in an emergency. Wondering what kind of doctors she has on her team? Seriously uncaring or uneducated, I think.

  • ElizabethAnnie8444 author
    4 months ago

    @iam2nd I have got both the rescue and general inhaler. recently changed meds and since October this Dr has not been mine.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi iam2nd and thanks for posting. The poster (ElizabethAnnie 8444), posted this in August 2018. She is still an active member here on COPD.net, posting as recently as today. You may want to consider interacting with her directly here on the website. What do you think? Leon (site moderator)

  • ElizabethAnnie8444 author
    4 months ago

    @leon-lebowitz i have this as Asthma.net.

  • Norty
    1 year ago

    If you haven’t already, try Mucinex, twice a day.

  • ElizabethAnnie8444 author
    1 year ago

    Thanks for the suggestion. I don’t think it would have actually done anything so glad I just went to the Dr.

  • ElizabethAnnie8444 author
    1 year ago

    In fact not only has it taken the asthma medication that is for real bad episodes before an asthma attack or in the process that’s not your rescue reliever; sorry can not remember the name of it.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Norty – I would ask you to remember that medications do not work the same for everyone who uses them. The suggestion would be to check with your prescribing physician PRIOR to using any medication for the first time, even over-the-counter medications. Wishing you the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • ElizabethAnnie8444 author
    1 year ago

    Thanks Leon. I agree not all medications work exactly the same.

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