Asthma

BadAssStang

Mustang Sally
Does anyone have asthma? What do you do for it?

I was just diagnosed although for a few years my doctors have been saying "maybe" certain things were asthma symptoms. I have always had sinus and allergy issues and after a few emergency trips to the ER and the doctor, I found out I have allergic asthma. As soon as everything started blooming I just can't breathe.

I have Albuterol but I feel like it takes a long time before I feel better. It has been miserable, painful and frightening. I see my doctor in a few days but I was wondering if anyone who actually KNOWS what I am talking about from experience can commiserate or tell me what to expect. Thanks guys.
 

Jiggab00

Well-Known Member
I was diagnosed with Bronchial Asthma when I was around 11-12 yrs old, but it never really bothered me. Hell, I smoked for 10 years :lol: I think I had what I would assume was an asthma attack maybe twice. Those indeed did suck.
 

jimmy_beaner

VITA EST BREVIS
Does anyone have asthma? What do you do for it?

I was just diagnosed although for a few years my doctors have been saying "maybe" certain things were asthma symptoms. I have always had sinus and allergy issues and after a few emergency trips to the ER and the doctor, I found out I have allergic asthma. As soon as everything started blooming I just can't breathe.

I have Albuterol but I feel like it takes a long time before I feel better. It has been miserable, painful and frightening. I see my doctor in a few days but I was wondering if anyone who actually KNOWS what I am talking about from experience can commiserate or tell me what to expect. Thanks guys.

I have exercise induced asthma... and certain weather conditions can bother me. I haven't had problems for a long time though. I may have grown out of it. I haven't taken my albuterol in 3 years... and I have been able to run 3 miles on an ellipital without it for a month every night. Basically, you'll get to know when you'll have problems.. conditions that are condusive to your breathing being hard. And you can just take the albuterol prior to that. Just like in HS... before practices, during my last period of the day, I would take my albuterol, and it was kicking by the time I was ready for practice. That's basically all you can do, is know your triggers, and expect them. Other than that, if you start having a problem, you could get an "emergency" inhaler, so it'll take care of you right away while the albuterol kicks in. I had both, and a couple times during a football game the albuterol wasn't enough, and the inhaler really really came through for me.

I've only had one asthma attack, and I ended up having to curl into a ball with my head between my legs (recommended by doctor) to help relax and slow my body way down so it could keep up with the air demands. It was the scariest thing ever. Wait until you wheeze like a donkey.
 

BadAssStang

Mustang Sally
I was diagnosed with Bronchial Asthma when I was around 11-12 yrs old, but it never really bothered me. Hell, I smoked for 10 years :lol: I think I had what I would assume was an asthma attack maybe twice. Those indeed did suck.
I have been having them daily. :(

I have exercise induced asthma... and certain weather conditions can bother me. I haven't had problems for a long time though. I may have grown out of it. I haven't taken my albuterol in 3 years... and I have been able to run 3 miles on an ellipital without it for a month every night. Basically, you'll get to know when you'll have problems.. conditions that are condusive to your breathing being hard. And you can just take the albuterol prior to that. Just like in HS... before practices, during my last period of the day, I would take my albuterol, and it was kicking by the time I was ready for practice. That's basically all you can do, is know your triggers, and expect them. Other than that, if you start having a problem, you could get an "emergency" inhaler, so it'll take care of you right away while the albuterol kicks in. I had both, and a couple times during a football game the albuterol wasn't enough, and the inhaler really really came through for me.

I've only had one asthma attack, and I ended up having to curl into a ball with my head between my legs (recommended by doctor) to help relax and slow my body way down so it could keep up with the air demands. It was the scariest thing ever. Wait until you wheeze like a donkey.
I am not sure what the trigger is because I in the middle of allergy tests. I do know that is it allergies and that right now, during Spring, that I cannot skip my antihistamine for even an hour or two past when I was due or I just struggle and it is so scary. I am definitely going to get an emergency inhaler like you said.
 

BadAssStang

Mustang Sally
I just read that symptoms in males typically decrease after puberty and females are more likely to experience onset in adulthood. :(
 

jimmy_beaner

VITA EST BREVIS
I have been having them daily. :(


I am not sure what the trigger is because I in the middle of allergy tests. I do know that is it allergies and that right now, during Spring, that I cannot skip my antihistamine for even an hour or two past when I was due or I just struggle and it is so scary. I am definitely going to get an emergency inhaler like you said.

I didn't need any tests for me to find my triggers. You basically just start learning them and you prepare for them.
 

BadAssStang

Mustang Sally
I didn't need any tests for me to find my triggers. You basically just start learning them and you prepare for them.

You're lucky, mine trigger is allergies, I just don't know yet exactly what I am allergic to. I just found out that my seasonal allergies are mostly due to ONE type of tree pollen that is common around here. I have six of them on my property and was getting more. Now I am going to get a different tree. I can have anything at any time and find out I am allergic and I will feel like I can't breathe. On New Year's Day I went to the ER people I was allergic to a medication and I had no idea. I took it and just couldn't breathe.
 

jimmy_beaner

VITA EST BREVIS
You're lucky, mine trigger is allergies, I just don't know yet exactly what I am allergic to. I just found out that my seasonal allergies are mostly due to ONE type of tree pollen that is common around here. I have six of them on my property and was getting more. Now I am going to get a different tree. I can have anything at any time and find out I am allergic and I will feel like I can't breathe. On New Year's Day I went to the ER people I was allergic to a medication and I had no idea. I took it and just couldn't breathe.

welcome to the asthmatic world... all sorts of excitement daily
 

jimmy_beaner

VITA EST BREVIS

lucky for me I seem to have grown out of it. in fact, I just went and played 2 hours worth of basketball this week after no running for almost a year, and I didn't have any asthma problems... just out of shape problems, but yeah, no wheezing. I LOVED it... first time in my life that asthma hasn't been an issue at all.
 

BadAssStang

Mustang Sally
lucky for me I seem to have grown out of it. in fact, I just went and played 2 hours worth of basketball this week after no running for almost a year, and I didn't have any asthma problems... just out of shape problems, but yeah, no wheezing. I LOVED it... first time in my life that asthma hasn't been an issue at all.

So lucky. That's great. I can't wait for this allergy season to be over so I can feel somewhat normal.
 

Kurisu

Resident Fun Size
Eash, I'm sorry...

I've had it since 9th grade. It's starting to get better now. What helps me out a lot is trying my best to stay calm (meditate) and cutting back on the caffiene (my doctor said something about how it's not good to drink a ton of caffiene with the medicine I take-singular, inhaler).

Also, they may suggest taking an allergy test.... dun do it. While it's nice to know what your allergic too, it sucks... (lets just say they prick you with a lot of shots of what you might be allergic too, then wait and see if you get an allergic reaction to it. Mine was a 3 page list... ~_~).
 

Kurisu

Resident Fun Size
You're lucky, mine trigger is allergies, I just don't know yet exactly what I am allergic to. I just found out that my seasonal allergies are mostly due to ONE type of tree pollen that is common around here. I have six of them on my property and was getting more. Now I am going to get a different tree. I can have anything at any time and find out I am allergic and I will feel like I can't breathe. On New Year's Day I went to the ER people I was allergic to a medication and I had no idea. I took it and just couldn't breathe.

Also, be careful with what different meds ya take. Some interact with the asthma meds...
 

Holly

it's all in your head
Just like Kurisu, I had to do an allergy test and my results were seemingly endless. None of the pricks hurt though :thumbup:
 

Gray20

New Member
I have exercise and allergy induced asthma, many years of allergy shots, starting 3 shots once a week and gradually building up from there til I could finally not get any shots at all. (and now I rarely ever use an inhaler and never take any kind of over the counter allergy pills) I dunno exactly what kind of doctor you are seeing, but I definitely recommend seeing an allergist. The field is still relatively new so seeing a specialist will make sure that they actually know what they are talking about :thumbup:
 

BadAssStang

Mustang Sally
Just like Kurisu, I had to do an allergy test and my results were seemingly endless. None of the pricks hurt though :thumbup:
It's already seemingly endless. I thought I was allergic to a lot of things I knew about, now it's things I never thought of! At least the doctors always thought I was allergic to dogs and so far, I am not allergic to animal dander.

I have exercise and allergy induced asthma, many years of allergy shots, starting 3 shots once a week and gradually building up from there til I could finally not get any shots at all. (and now I rarely ever use an inhaler and never take any kind of over the counter allergy pills) I dunno exactly what kind of doctor you are seeing, but I definitely recommend seeing an allergist. The field is still relatively new so seeing a specialist will make sure that they actually know what they are talking about :thumbup:
The allergist is actually who diagnosed it. I have two appointments per week for tests until they can figure everything out since I have such a wide range of known allergies: food, dust, mold, pollen, etc. I am going to a pulmonologist also.
 

BoomSlang

·Y·O·U·F·A·I·L·
Unfortunately, my g/f was just diagnosed with asthma. We won't find out for another week or so what caused it all of a sudden. She's always had a little bit of a cough, which I figured was habitual. She had an asthma attack just a couple days ago and it freaked me out. Of course, I was at work and couldn't help. She just started taking horseback riding lessons, so we're wondering if she has allergic asthma.
 

monk36

back in black
I've got moderate asthma caused by allergies and excercise. If you're really worried about it, carry an epipen for emergencies. It's basically synthetic adrenaline, and something that I would look into. I also take a couple meds for allergies and those help. Look into prescription allergy medication; it's just as if not more important than asthma meds, for long term comfort, at least. Asthma can be maddening at times, but if you handle it right, it might not pose so much of a problem.
 
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