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    katieanne3 posted:
    Hello everyone,

    I had an asthma attack/ER visit on May 3. Since then I have been on an 18 day course of prednisone, off for 4 days, back on for 21 days, off for 1 week, now back on for another 3 weeks. Does it ever end? I have had a variety of medication changes Quvar, Symbicort back to Advair and allergy meds and nebulizer use. I am frustrated and annoyed. I have never had it this bad. Any advice? I do have an allergist who has been making these changes.
    bresky responded:
    Hi Katieanne

    I hope you feel better soon. Are they weaning you off the prednisone? Are there any changes around you that could be making your asthma worse such as new pets; change in home; change in laundry detergent or anything with scents? What medications are you on now. What are you peak flows like?
    I hope you improve soon.

    sgbl88 responded:

    So sorry you are having such a rough time. Asthma can be really frustrating sometimes.

    Are you sure that you don't have a lingering infection that is keeping your asthma triggered? What about allergies? Are they well controlled? This year has been strange as far as allergies go. You may also want to discus acid reflux with your allergist. it can trigger asthma. Controlling all triggers is essential to controlling asthma.

    You may want to ask your doctor about Dulera. It is a "new" combination med. It combines Asmanex as the inhaled steroid and I think Flovent as the long acting broncho-dilater. It works much better for me than the other combo meds.

    Feel better and keep us posted.
    God bless.
    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end... Ye shall seek me, and find [me]
    katieanne3 replied to sgbl88's response:
    Thanks for your thoughts and advice.

    I have been weaned off prednisone each time I am on it. I still have symptoms, butt I can at least function. I don't have a peak flow meter, or have ever been offered to use one. I like my allergist and she is going to try to do skin testing soon to see for triggers. This has been a tough allergy season in the northeast. And now it is the humidity! I am now on a prednisone taper and take advair 500/50. I was on symbicort and quvar before. We will see. Thanks again.
    coughy16 replied to katieanne3's response:
    Wow, that's a lot of pred in a short time! I agree with Sonya, that it would make sense to look for other underlying causes in addition to the allergies, since the severity seems to be a change for you. Both infections & Reflux can really add to asthma problems. Some horrendously high percentage (like maybe 80?) of people with asthma also have acid reflux & they can really aggravate each other. You can have reflux without noticeable symptoms, or symptoms that you assume are asthma alone. The allergy testing also is important. Allergy shots were like the final piece of the treatment puzzle for me, that finally put me into good asthma control. I now normally only need oral steroids about once each year. As Sonya said, it is crucial to try to identify & control all triggers as much as possible. I really hope you feel better soon!
    parsen2 responded:
    It really has been a rough allergy season in many parts of the country. You may also want to ask your doctor for, or seek a consult for second opinion for treatment options with a Pulmonary Medicine specialist or Pulmonologist. Best of luck.
    kathym47 responded:
    Basically the same thing happened to me. I had pneumonia the last of April which started up the asthma I had had under control for 15 years. I was using my rescue inhaler 4 or 5 days a day, my regular asthma medication (advair and singulair) plus a nebulizer 3 times and days and I was still wheezing and felt very bad. I saw a pulmonary specialist in mid May where they did all kinds of tests. The first of July the specialist's office called me to say that in the sputum test they had found a bacteria in my sputum and I needed to go on a specific antibiotic, which I did on a Friday, for 14 days. By Monday, the asthma was completely gone, I feel great, and have not had to use the nebulizer nor the rescue inhaler at all in almost 3 weeks. Maybe my experience can give you some insight into your problem. Good luck!!
    BO2BO responded:
    I had this last winter it took about 35 days to get over it. I now se a Chiropractor and i have lost all of the SOB> It has taken about 2 months now but i am a lot better. I hadve doen wnat is called RETRACEING, it is going back though the problem time but iti s a lot easier to handle it.
    I love this chripropractor.

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