Late Onset Asthma—Yuck

Hi. I’m female, age 71. Diagnosed with asthma about a year ago and I guess I’m still in denial. I have always thought of myself as a pretty healthy person. I’ve gotten sinus infections my entire life, but never had a cough or bad allergies (that I knew of) until about a year ago. Didn’t go to the Dr. at first because I only coughed at night — I kept thinking I was getting better every morning (6 weeks of this). Then started on prednisone and have been on and off prednisone but mostly on since March 2016. Every time I would go off it, I would get my cough back and once I was even admitted to the hospital! In December, I had sinus surgery (worse than knee replacement surgery) which I thought would stop all this. On Dec 30, on a normal follow up with my dr, he discovered that I was breathing at 40% lung capacity — I knew I was very sleepy but had no idea that was why. — no cough at all.

Anyway, right now, I am taking 2 inhalers daily. I also have a nebulizer (albuteroll) that I use 2-3 times a day. I have just started with Xolair injections but no idea if it will work or not. I bought a humidifier and an air cleaner. Started walking outside, but my allergist says it’s not good to walk outside in the winter and during the rest of the year— well — pollen, etc. Very slowly decreasing prednisone (now at 5 mg down from 60! mg @ end of Dec), but am scared that I will have to go back on it again! .

Sorry for this long rambling and possibly incoherent story, I do have some questions:

  1. Wouldn’t it make sense to figure out th cause of my asthma and remove/fix it rather than treating the symptoms? Or is this so complex that it’s not possible to do this.
  2. I have been told this is a chronic disease. My passion is travel— I ended up cancelling 2 wonderful trips this year and would hate having to give this up. These trips are about a month long. Actually, they are cruises to all over the world. I have not gone anyplace at all in about a year. Any chance that’ll change?
  3. I feel like I’m beginning to think of myself as an invalid — always afraid that I will get a cold or an unstoppable cough. Thoughts from anyone else? Am I overreacting?
  4. I got this soon after moving to a different city. (from Dayton, OH to Lousville, KY). Could Louisville be causing all this?
  5. I guess I’m no longer in denial, but have moved on to anger!

    Thanks, Janet

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