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  • There are so many asthma myths and misconceptions. Please comment in the forum and let me know what are some asthma myths you hear ALL the time and get frustrated about!

    When were you diagnosed with asthma?

    I am on nucala but am I the only one not happy with the results.

    Ok this will be lengthy, but Im really running out of options.. I've been stuck in a loop asthma exacerbation attack since I took an Epipen shot for an unknown peanut allergy (it developed at my age of 42). This has already resulted on an ER visit, a CT, EKG and all normal..Several blood tests, 2 weeks on Prednisone, 1 week on Antibiotics (that actually helped some) but Im still getting short of breath when I speak, feel my chest super tight and coughing.. My peak flow is not affected for whatever reason so the medical professionals here just seem to kinda blow it off, meanwhile Im going into week 4 of very little help. All the doctors want to do is give you MORE prednisone and more albuterol treatments, Im doing nebulizer treatments at home 3x a day just to get by and its severely affecting my day to day life, including job. I have called for appointments with specialists Pneumologist and allergist) and they booked me for mid Jan with a "I apologize sir" reply, so has anyone experienced anything similar to this?

    Hi everyone. I am pretty sure I have sleep apnea and was wondering if an inhaler would help during an attack at the night? It's not just simply waking up breathless. When I am sleeping I can suddenly feel that my lungs are not working as they should and everything sorts of tightens around my chest. Within 2 minutes I am fine, but I am then scared stiff to fall back to sleep. I would say I have 2 or 3 attacks like this per week. Sometimes twice in one night and always a couple of hours after I have fallen to sleep. I can't find anything on Google about an inhaler helping with this but it seems logical, given that it will help open up the airways? I can buy one at the local pharmacy and use it as a crutch until I visit a sleep clinic. I might need to have a sleep apnea mask ( ) fitted, I guess. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

    I just started the Nucala injection. I'm hopeful that this will help me get off prednisone. Has anyone had any success with this treatment?

    I react severely to smoke (of any kind.) In addition to taking my prescribed medications: I try to avoid asthma triggers (including smoke, chlorine & food triggers. This narrows my social life. How do others of you avoid asthma triggers & still live a full life? (I feel like I'm walking the "asthma" tightrope.)

    I discovered starting last Dec that some of my favorite foods weren't tasting as good as they use to and my husband would comment on a bad odor from garbage disposal and I couldn't smell it. My doctors say that with my chronic sinusitis and my asthma this is a common thing. So now I'm trying to learn what can I taste and appreciate now. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm told it can't be reversed. This could lead to safety issues in that I can't smell smoke, I may have a reaction to it, but not smell it. The saving Grace is I can still taste chocolate.

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    Does anyone else have the experience of anytime you get a cold, it morphs straight into sinusitis, requiring antibiotics (often more than 1 round), and probably steroids for the asthma exacerbation? I read somewhere that asthmatics are more prone to sinusitis. I've been to an ENT twice, and they say I don't need sinus surgery.

    Hi, im looking for anyone that has asthma, right ventricular enlargement and pericarditis.

    I have moderate asthma with hayfever. I've been a patient at this particular practice for about 20 years. I no longer get immunotherapy, due to a probable idyosyncratic reaction years ago. I was on Xolair, which worked somewhat, but again had a reaction. Am on Nucala now, again, works somewhat but isn't the bullet I think we all hoped for. Dr. is trying to get me authorized for Dupixent (and yes, I'm very grateful I have good insurance!). I get a lot of sinus infections, and some years, like this year, I've been on antibiotics multiple times with prednisone. Dr. sent me to an ENT twice in the past several years. ENT said both times surgery will not help. Now he is sending me to a pulmonologist. Fine, I can do that. He said he can't keep giving me antibiotics so much. I'm also allergic to a handful of antibiotics, so this is always fun when I get sick, trying to figure out which one of three or four I can take. (I had a friend once who was allergic to every class of antibiotic. If she needed on, she was put on prednisone and extra antihistamines. I would think the drug wouldn't work as well since the body would be fighting against it, but whatcha gonna do, right?) I don't have an immune system problem, he's checked for that, as he also has a background in immunology, run blood tests, etc. I am taking a lot of medicine, we have a cleaning lady, use air cleaners at home and work. I thought it was fairly "normal" for asthmatics to be more susceptible to crud bugs; at least, the ones I know, including myself, are. He now wants me to go to University of Michigan. I'm not so keen on that. It's out of my insurance network, so I will be paying more. I don't know what he thinks the doctors there will find that he hasn't already. Not to mention that I've heard some unpleasant stories from people referred there. And so I'm starting to feel like because I'm not improving, I'm being dumped elsewhere.

    Hi, new member here. Diagnosed just before 40yrs so learning a lot as I go. In general my asthma is pretty mild and my last attack was more than 18 months ago. Last few months it’s been like I don’t have asthma at all and (I know this is bad) stopped my preventers. On Thursday night at judo I unexpectedly had an attack. It was quite bad (for me) but not requiring hospital. It was humid, an intense session and I’ve had a viral thing with phlegm for the past few weeks (though no SOB). I’ve been a bit tight-chested since and now taking my meds properly again. I’m due to have judo again today and not sure if I should go, given the tightness in my chest. What would you do?

    For people caring for children with asthma or managing asthma themselves, the summer season presents a unique set of challenges, among them an increase in particulate pollution, especially in areas that may be impacted be wildfire smoke. "Fine" particulate matter, as 2.5 PM is referred to by health agencies and pollution experts, possesses one attribute that makes it particularly dangerous. These particulates, and whatever microscopic toxins they may be carrying with them, don’t just penetrate deep into our lungs… they are also small enough to pass directly into the bloodstream. Asthmatics and children are both considered “sensitive groups” when it comes to air pollution. This means the threshold at which you begin to experience adverse health effects like reduced lung function, asthma attacks, wheezing and coughing, etc., is lower than it would be for a healthy adult. For caregivers of asthmatic children, or people who are asthmatic themselves, and especially for people who live on the West Coast or in a wildfire-prone area, I’d like to share some resources that can help you track and manage your or your child’s exposure to particulate pollution. The first is a free tool that shows you whether your local air quality is safe for members of sensitive groups. There are several air quality lookup tools, but this tool is unique in that it’s actually designed with sensitive groups like asthmatics in mind. ( There’s also a free service that will track your local air quality conditions, and send you a SMS alert when the air quality is forecast to reach unsafe levels. This can also be customized for children and asthmatics. ( The company also offers a paid service that will send pollution mask filters whenever the air quality is forecast to be unhealthy due to wildfire smoke or other causes. ( Hopefully this info is helpful. To end with a personal story, I live in Seattle and when we got hit with wildfire smoke last summer, my first clue the air was unhealthy was this feeling like I was having a heart attack. Because of this, I think it’s important to have advance notice to be able to prepare for these kinds of events by either staying inside, or wearing a pollution mask if you’re going outdoors.

    What is your day to day like with asthma?

    Swimming makes the biggest difference for me when it comes to dealing with my asthma. I've used swimming as my aerobic exercise for 2 extended periods in my life. (I'm 68 years old.). Each time my quality of life improved dramatically. I was able to climb stairs and hike without strong wheezing. I'm starting to swim again - hopefully for the rest of my life. It doesn't look pretty when I first start to swim. The first time I couldn't even swim one length of the pool. I used a lane next to the side of the pool so I could hold on and rest. With determination I kept at it and within a year I could swim up to mile without stopping. This took swimming at least 4 times a week. Sometimes life got in the way and I'd miss 2 or 3 weeks. But I'd jump back in as soon as possible and pick up from wherever I was - not worried that I'd be dealing with a setback. Swimming does so much to build lung capacity. I encourage anyone attracted to this form of exercise to try it out.

    Largely, I have been having a hard time castching my breath.. Whenever I am having a hard time, I take deep breaths but still have as hard time breathing. Last nite was hard. I took a deep breath then my chest began to hurt.b. I have been concerned about this. I used my albuterol last nite but it did not help. I am not sure off I should go to a Dr about this. I saw my family Dr but she was not helpful. They had me take a Aug. Nothing wrong with my heart. I have a allergist but money is a issue for me.

    I work a clerical job and I have noticed when I leave work completely exhausted that my chest is a little tight and my voice fades in and out and cracks. As the evening goes on my chest gets tighter and painful and it's harder to breathe. Does anyone else haven't an asthma attack or flare up caused by fatigue? If so, what do you do to calm your symptoms down (rescue inhaler doesn't usually work for me in this situation) and is there anything you do to prevent it? Thanks!

    1 year ago I was diagnosed with asthma. At the last appointment the Dr said I had a 6% increase in lung function after the post bronchodilator test. 1 year later on medication there is a 16% increase. Is it truly asthma if the post test doesnt have a 12% increase at the initial appointment?

    My 5 yr old daughter has an excellent diet. Unfortunately, her health has been awful the last few months though, including hypoglycemia due to steroids for adrenal insufficiency and brittle asthma. She had a toothache, so despite having her checkup booked for a months time, I popped her to the dentist today. He told me her teeth were dreadful and she needed 5 fillings. He asked if she had lots of sugar and sweets....she doesn't!! She hasn't got a sweet tooth at all and always craves salty foods. I really feel like I've failed her but seriously know she has an excellent balanced diet!! All I can think of is she has little cereal bars regularly through the day to keep her sugar levels up. They were recommended by the dietician as part of a controlled diet for her hypoglycemia!! Can the steroids be to blame too???? The dentist ( ) said not but I remember her consultant saying years ago they could do!! She still has her baby teeth. I really feel low as every day has been a battle recently with her health and I feel so sad that she has gone from a stable little girl to one that has problems each and every day. And now to be told this is so devastating. I feel so guilty :-(( Does anyone have any experience with steroids and dental issues??
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