New to asthma and sharing my story

New to asthma..at 75!!!! I feel very anxious and don’t like the feeling of using my inhalers. Sick of the food good for asthmatics which I have been eating but still feel ugh. Saw my pulmonologist Dr she put me on prednisone for 5 days and go back next week to see her again. Can’t control the weather which seems to set things off as well as dirt dust etc…use air cleaner-humidifier too.

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  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi Evanslou and thanks for sharing your story with us here on asthma.net. It’s understandable that to face an ‘asthma’ diagnosis at age 75, as you are, it must be quite an adjustment for you. As you get to know more about your condition, you’ll understand more about your own individual ‘triggers’ and how to manage yourself to prevent/avoid the flare-ups that can be associated with them. Since you posted your story a week ago, I’m curious as to how the visit with your pulmonologist went. Please know that we are here to assist you in any way that we can. Please feel free to reach out to me or any other moderator / team member at any time! We’re glad to have you as part of our online community. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

  • SamuelTaylor moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi Evanslou, I’m sorry to hear about the new diagnosis. However, I’m excited to see that you have found this community as a resource. If you haven’t already joined the Facebook group, there is a lot of conversation there as well and lots of information to be shared.

    You are still new to asthma and it may take some time to adjust to new habits of management. At one point, I couldn’t stand my inhaler; now, although I don’t use it often, it can be a saving grace in some really uncomfortable and scary situations.

    The weather can be the hardest factor to deal with because it is out of our control. This time of year can be especially hard for me, because the cold is a trigger for my asthma. Luckily, seasons change and so will your management methods.

    I hope that the community, here, helps you to understand your asthma better. There are many people who have plenty of experience and insight to share. Welcome to the community. Please reach out to any of us if you ever have questions, comments or concerns. We are here for you, always. I wish you the best.

    -Samuel, Asthma.net Team

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi Evanslou and thanks for your post. It certainly can be challenging to deal with asthma as a new diagnosis. Your anxiety may ease up somewhat as you get used to managing your condition and bring it under more control. As you get to know your own triggers, you will be able to avoid some scenarios that can set you off. Good luck with your doctor visit next week and please check back and let us know how you’re doing. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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