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    MSandyd posted:
    I came down with asthma this past June of 2010. The doc treated me to bronchitis for 4 weeks before a specialist told us I have asthma. I was hospitalized for three days to receive a strong antibiotic by IV. This lasted until November when my specialist got it under contro. I got a steroid shot and a prednisone dose pack yesterday because I feel the congestion building again.
    I was in the ER every week for shots and meds all summer. I realize now that when I thought I had bronchitis in the past, it was asthma. The specialist said bronchitis does not last as long as asthma.
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    sgbl88 responded:
    Hi and welcome to the community.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Learning to deal with asthma can be daunting. The best thing you can do is educate yourself. Here is a link to a page that has links to all the asthma articles WebMD has. I found it very informative when my asthma suddenly worsend 2 1/2 years ago. I hope that it helps you as well.
    http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/default.htm

    The major component of good asthma control is identifying and controlling triggers. If you can do this effectively, asthma flares will be minimal.

    It is good that your are working with a speialist. Are they an allergy and asthma specialist or a pulmonologist? If you have allergy triggers, you really need to be working with an allergist as they really treat the allergies and keep those from flaring the asthma as badly.

    You seem to have a complex story. One thing I am learning about my asthma is that acid reflux is a big trigger for me. Reflux can be "silent" (asymptomatic). This is a special type of reflux that causes sinus infections, bronchitis, asthma symptoms and a host of other respiratory issues. If your doctors have not discussed this with you, it is worth adding to your list of things to discus.

    We look forward to seeing more of you around here. Please ask any question you have. We are here to help.
    Take care and
    God bless.
    Sonya
    For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given... and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peasce Isaiah 9:6


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