Stress started my asthma

I filed for a divorce from my husband of 17 years in 2006. He was horrible during the divorce and it was finally over in 2009. During our hearing, I had a cold and I couldn’t stop coughing. I went to Urgent Care and they told me I was having an asthma attack. I told the doctor, “I don’t have asthma”, and she said, “you do now”. For the next two years I lived (and felt like I was dying) on Prednisone. The specialist could not understand why, but every time I would go off my 7 day taper of prednisone, I would start having severe asthma again. The only thing he could figure out was that the stress of the divorce started the asthma. It has taken me 8 years to get to a place in my life, where I don’t have that type of stress anymore and my asthma symptoms are gone. Very rarely do I have an attack.
 

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  • Cougarkat7
    6 months ago

    I so understand, and I am sorry you had a horrible divorce, I did to, my husband was abusing my children and my 16 year old daughter fell in love with her step father, I was in so much stress and never had any sign of Asthma until then! I had panic attacks which would cause me to not be able to breath! It has been 7 years since and still have Asthma my daughter is still with him and I am doing my best to take care of my life, health, I have a great doctor! Looking out for my best interest!

  • needsairtobreath
    2 years ago

    I was also told that stress was the biggest influence in my asthma symptoms. So much was going on at one time that I didn’t know what my stressor was. One day I had a terrible response (attack) during an argument with my adult daughter who was living downstairs in an apartment we made for her. She had lived there for five years but the last two years were angst with tension and arguments. I figured out that she was my stressor! It took a while but I forced her to move out. It wasn’t until a few weeks later after her move and less contact with her, did I notice a big improvement in my breathing.
    I’m still on 10 mg of prednisone and Breo daily. I was recommended that I begin Nucala injections but I’m a bit scared about the possible side affect of shingles. Finding out more about Nucala is one of the reasons I joined this site. But I am positive that stress caused my asthma to rear its ugly head.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi (again) needsairtobreath. I see that you posted a very similar note in our ‘forums’ section. I was able to provide you with an answer there: https://asthma.net/topic/nucala-injection/

    For your convenience, I’ve recopied the response (from me to you) and am posting it here too: Hi needsairtobreath – we hear you! Interesting that you had severe asthma as a child and ‘grew out of it’ at age eighteen. Several members in our community have had similar experiences about ‘growing out’ of their asthma, so you’re not alone.

    We understand your concern about starting on something new, in this case the Nucala injections. If you haven’t as yet, I thought you might find it helpful to look over this published material on that particular medication: https://asthma.net/treatment/nucala/ I’m sure this will provide some additional insight for you.

    Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Renatathebos. I’m sorry to hear that the stress of your divorce, over an eight year period of time resulted in a diagnosis of asthma for you. But, it’s good to learn that you’ve adjusted your life to be able to weed out the stress. You’ve clearly been through a lot and should feel proud of what you accomplished. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with our online community. I’m sure others will appreciate what you have said as well.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    It’s our pleasure, RenatatheBos – we’re glad to have you as part of our online community. Maintaining that positive attitude like you do, can go a long way towards dealing with the stresses of life. Keep up the good work!
    All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • RenatatheBos author
    2 years ago

    Thank you for your kind words. I never realized how stress can effect your body. I try daily to have a Positive Mental Attitude.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi Cougarkat7 (below) and thanks for sharing your experiences with our online community. I’m sorry this happened to you – after working there 6 1/2 years no less. Have you been able to find another job? I wish you the best. Leon (site moderator)

  • Cougarkat7
    6 months ago

    Stress, can affect the body in so many ways that I became disabled by the results of what it did to my body and had to leave a job of 6 1/2 yes working selling fine jewelry, next to a perfume deptment because I was sick all the time and had to leave my job at one point because I could not breath!

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