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My 26-Year-Old Daughter Suffers From Chronic Silent Chest Asthma

Hi – my daughter who’s 26 now has been an asthmatic since she was a baby. For years she’s suffered with asthma and when she was young she had the wheeze. As she got older her asthma hasn’t changed much except she stopped wheezing.

Getting the right asthma treatment

She’s done hospital stints in oxygen tents as a child. We had spent many ambulance trips to the hospital and some really scary times that shes almost been inner tubed because they can’t get her asthma under control. She has puffers, done steroids stints, done overnight stays but this silent chest asthma is not very well known, even throughout the normal medical profession.

It’s taken us 24 years to get someone to help us control her asthma. I’ve taken her to many specialists here in Victoria Australia and, at last, we finally found a specialist that is finally getting this under control. He first did a detailed allergy blood test and the results came back that she’s allergic to grass grains. This is one trigger that causes an attack. She takes a wafer she puts under her tongue for this daily to control the allergy.

Silent chest asthma

She’s been diagnosed with silent chest asthma. Silent asthma is silent obstruction of the airways that the airways are so obstructed that the sufferer can’t even wheeze. It’s also very dangerous, as because she doesn’t wheeze people don’t realize just how dangerous it is.

Last time she was taken to hospital she was given a combined amount of 120 puffs of Ventolin & Atrovent in a 6hr stay. They finally got it under control – thank god. It’s the middle spring here so this time of year through to late summer is her most dangerous time for her to have an attack.

Working towards better asthma control

We’ve had some scares of nearly having to go to hospital but have managed to get her silent chest asthma under control. So far it’s been 3 months and no emergency trips to hospital. That’s a record for us! She so exhausted nearly every day because she’s working so hard to breathe, but it’s so much better than it was. Hopefully one day will get this totally under control.

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Comments

  • niki710
    3 weeks ago

    Hi

    I am 34 and have veen getting severe asthma off and on for the last 4 years. However when i go to the drs or even er sometimes they dont think i have asthma because i hardly ever wheeze. I just get restricted airways and tightness shortness of breath and chest pain. Actually i wheeze when my asthma isnt that bad, like right when i wake up in the morning. Its nice to hear someones else story that doesnt have wheezing as a main symptom. Thanks for sharing.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi niki710, and thank you for joining in the conversation here. I think you’ll find that you are rarely alone on our asthma.net website. In fact, as you can tell, others in the community have similarly expressed they don’t wheeze with this condition. I thought you might also find it helpful to look over this article on that very topic: https://asthma.net/living/not-asthmatics-wheeze-not-wheezing-asthma/. I do hope this provides you with some additional insight for this concern.
    Wishing you well,
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

  • jenTMarinewife
    2 months ago

    Best wishes and big prayers your daughter gains control of her asthma!

    I know it can run your life and I’m sorry I to have bad asthma and my whole life revolves around it !

    Wishing your daughter well – Jenny

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi mumoffamilyof4asthmatics, and thanks for sharing your story (about your daughter) with the community. You have had quite a long road and, if your screen name is literal, you must have extensive experience with asthma given that your other children also have it. It’s so glad to hear that the management of your daughter’s condition is so much better than it used to be. Keep up the good work – your children are indeed fortunate to have such a caring and compassionate mother, such as you. We appreciate your candor with the community. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • mumoffamilyof4asthmatics author
    3 months ago

    Thanks Leon for replying to my post. Yes at times asthma can be testing. My husband, 23yr daughter range from mild to severe asthmatics, my 26yr old daughter has silent asthma and my 87yr old mother has COPD & asthma and then there is me I dont. Ive learnt through the years what to look for, how to administer all the medications, how to set up & use the nebulizer and when I have to call for an ambulance. We live in a country town. We are really lucky as I found a great specialist He comes from Melbourne up to our town and if I or my daughter have any questions or problems We can ring at anytime. I have medication everywhere. I have puffers and spacers at home, car, my bag etc just in case. Ive even done a first aid course with Asthma & anaphylactic included. You just never know when you might need to use it. 🙂

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi again, mumoffamilyof4asthmatics, and thanks for this response. It does sound like you are fortunate to have found the specialist you mentioned – caring, knowledgeable and accessible. Working as a team, it seems like you have everything under control for your family and this condition. We are pleased to have you as a member of our community. Warm regards, Leon (site moderator)

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