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Can an Asthma episode really last this long?
Joyful777 posted:
Hi, I'm relatively new to asthma. I was diagnosed a couple years ago, but I haven't had any serious problems till this year. Two weeks ago I had an asthma attack, and the wheezing cough just lingered. It got to where I couldn't move around without triggering an attack. I went to my family doctor, and she said my lungs sounded awful. She put me on a strong dose of antibiotics and a steroid pack. She told me to use my neb every 4 hours, and take the rest of my asthma meds as well. So to sum up, I'm taking Xopenex, Symbicort, Proventil, Singulair, and steroids. I went back to see her a couple days ago and she said I sounded better, but I was just healing slowly. I still can not resume my normal activities, and it has been two weeks. Is this normal for asthma?
Aqua14 responded:
Unfortunately after a bad attack it's pretty common to have a slower recovery than you would like. That's why we like to get a jump on preventing attacks and medicating when the attack is milder, so that it doesn't get very bad. Perhaps you could ask your doctor about getting an asthma action plan in place and a peak flow meter (or pocket spirometer) so that if you're getting into your yellow zone you can take action to stave off the attack.

I can sympathize with you. I've had bronchitis a couple of times over the years and it just seems to take forever to get my lungs back to normal. It's really a drag. It sounds like you're on all the right meds, though, so just hang in there.

Take care and hope you feel better soon. Judy
Joyful777 replied to Aqua14's response:
Thank you Judy for your response. I went to my Asthma & Allergy specialist yesterday. He told me that my family physician had me on extremely high doses of albuterol. So my symptoms were due to albuterol toxicity. He gave me some meds to reverse the damage.
Aqua14 replied to Joyful777's response:
Wow, no kidding, that's pretty scary. It really is best to be treated by an allergist/asthma specialist. Hope you can recover from this soon. Judy
emz76 responded:
have had asthma all my life three years ago i had any attack and was kept in hospital over night since that attack my asthma hasnt been right since but i try not to let it take over my life what are your normal activities? take your ventolin before doing any form of exercise in a way it think it is normal not to be able to resume back to normal activities after such a bad attack you still need to do some form of activity but take it very slowly to start with maybe take a short walk somewhere
Joyful777 replied to emz76's response:
Thank you for your concern. I noticed a huge difference just 24 hours after stopping the albuterol. I am almost 100% better now. I still have the tremor and occasional winded moments, but I'm sure those will soon be gone.
aug2176 responded:
I've had prolnged soreness from a recent attack also, does anyone know if heat or ice packs would take soreness out of lung area ? Really tired of the acheness !! Thanks a million for any ideas !!
Joyful777 replied to aug2176's response:
I usually put my heating pad on low and hold it up to my chest for 10-15 minutes. Also, I tried not to do anything that would affect my chest wall, i.e. heavy exercise, lifting, and singing. I hope that helps.

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