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Turn the clocks back before asthma

Hi my name is Nannette and I was diagnosed with exacerbated asthma one year ago when I ended up in the hospital with double lobe pneumonia and bronchitis. For the last year I have struggled to stabilize my asthma. I’m on round the clock medication as well as the nebulizer. It has been a constant struggle with different things that trigger asthma attacks. If only I could turn the clock back.

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  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Nannette,

    I’m so sorry you’re having such a difficult time controling your asthma symptoms. You’ve come to the right place to get good suggestions in dealing with it – hopefully you’ve already seen some helpful tips throughout the site.

    It is very reasonable to expect that after a year you would be better controlled. Obviously if you’re still finding new triggers that can be a problem – it’s as though it’s a neverending process.

    I recently attended a great conference held by a pulmonology group that specializes in asthma. They stressed that every person with asthma should (and can) eventually get to the point of living a “normal” life, provided they are being controlled with appropriate medications and they know and avoid as many of their triggers as possible.

    I highly recommend keeping a journal of everything that you come across that causes symptoms. Sometimes it’s hard to remember all of them. After you’ve kept it for a few weeks or months, take it with you to the doctor. This will also help you describe all your symptoms, what’s causing them, and how severe they are. It will definitely help your provider to prescribe the correct “cocktail” of medications that will work best for you.

    Hopefully you’ll be writing back one of these days to tell us that you feel like the clock did turn back.

    Regards,
    Lyn (moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Npadilla and thanks for sharing your story with our online community. If you haven’t as yet, you may want to check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsthmaDotNet/ There you will find a vast number of our community members in an interactive environment. We are all about all things asthma and you are always welcome here!
    All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Npadilla7199 author
    2 years ago

    Thank you I do keep a log as well as I am on a complete regimen of medication round the clock. I have interstitial lung disease which exasterbates my asthma. It has been extremely difficult and definitely a learning process for me. I do not wish this on anyone. I have also been on steroids for a year now and now that is taking a toll on me due to side effects

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