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Advisormisty posted:
Hello I have had asthma going on 4 yrs. 12/22/2012. I have been in the Hospital too many times to count. This last time I had to be intubated, due to an allergic reaction that cut off my Breathing so they also put me on the ventilator for 2 days. When I came home from the Hospital I was very scared, I walked around with a mask on my face everywhere I went. This Doctor prescribe singular for me. I started taking it. I have to thank God for this medication, it really helps with my allergic reactions. It really makes thing easier. I must say there are some side effects; i broke out in a rash so I have these tiny red bumps on my legs, arms, back, breast. Also I get a tingling in my feet and my arms. I also get a slight throbbing headache. So I do not take it everyday. On 11/20/2012 I will be going to see an allergist who will help to treat my asthma, I am praying to GOD that I am one of the people who will receive added relief from the allergy shot. I don't like shots but I am willing to try it. Also just for the record, I would like to say that vitamin D helps with the mucus in my lungs, it moves it out immediately. So just pray about it, do lot of hard walking everyday. Do deep breathing exercise that helps to strengthen your lungs. My medications are Qvar 80 mg 1 a day. Proair when needed (garbage) nebulizer when needed....Onions, Garlic, Honey. 2 tsp. a day to cleanse my lungs. cut back on dairy, because it just creates too much mucus...lots of citrus helps...I can not stand this Asthma, I have lost 20 pds. My skin is thin due to the many high dosages of Steroids prednisone and intravenous steroids. I think this disease has really aged me. I am coughing right now as I write this entry. I'm itching as well, because I took a singular so my arms are itching and so is my head, but my breathing is better then it was a few moments ago. I feel like this, we all know that Man made products come with side effects and hardships simply because it did not come from GOD if we can find god's ingredients and stick it out we will probably conquer this disease. One thing I have notice about Man made Medicine, it helps one thing then creates a new problem for something else....So I am still praying, Meditating, Walking, Deep Breathing changing my diet keeping my stress down. When I do not want to take the Singular, I take claritin the only problem with claritin is it does not last long.......My Mother who is 75 has Asthma, my Sister who is 50 has Asthma, my younng Sister has sarciodosis, everyone on my Mother side of the family has Asthma. My mother's sister died from Asthma ....so now I have it at 45 I got it. I am now 49 and I tell you it is a Battle. After being Intubated, I am determine to find another way to conquer this illness. Please find out what triggers your Asthma so that you can handle it....Because I am learning as I go.....Dogs, Cats,Mold,Cockroaches, Dust, Smoke, Potatoes, Apples, Nuts, Perfumes, Car Exhaust ,Pine Trees, Sea Food, Eggs, Black Cohosh, .....The List Goes On .That's from the Internal Medicine Doctor. Whatever you do, don't use your allergy report from you internal Medicine Doctor because it will not be accurate. You have to see an Immunologist I just learned that When I woke up from being unconscious in the Hospital. You think someone would have told me sooner?? Like for instance my damn sister who has had it for 23 yrs. or perhaps my damn Mother who has had it all her life....Afer I had to be intubated and almost die, then my family says oh Honey I think you should see an allergist, because that's who help us with our Asthma...Are you Serious ??? but I had to die to get this information. I am just speaking out, because there may be someone out there who was naive like I was looking for answers....Thank you for listening.....I will be back on to let you guys know how my shot went...God Bless You All...
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sgbl88 responded:
Hi,

I am so sorry you are having such a difficult time.

Many of us have been there.

I most likely have had asthma my whole life, but it worsened severely about 5 years ago. The severe asthma was triggered by another disease, Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD). Typically AERD starts in the mid to late 30s wiith chronic sinusitis and possibly nasal polyps. Severe asthma develops in the early to mid 40s. Aproximately 20% of all asthmatics have AERD. Treatment is aspirin desensitization which is 100% effective if you do have the disease. Diagnosis of ARED is much less. If you have ever had a reaction to aspirin, any NSAID and many foods, it is likely that you have ARED.

I would recommend you do some research on AERD to see if you think you fit the profile. Then, if you want, discus your research with your allergist.

Praying for you.
Sonya
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]
 
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Aqua14 responded:
Because you find that Claritin doesn't last long enough, you might try Zyrtec instead (it's generic and OTC). Most people find Zyrtec to be a tremendous help with their allergies, and may likely improve your asthma triggered by allergies.

I hope that allergy shots help you. I'm starting my 7th year of allergy shots and my allergies and asthma just keep getting better and better. I hope that is your experience, too.

Definitely your mom and sister should have told you sooner to be treated by an allergist/immunologist since those kind of doctors are the experts in allergic disease.

Hope this information helps you. Take care & good luck. Judy
 
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Advisormisty replied to sgbl88's response:
Thank you so much, I truly appreciate what you had to tell me. Unfortunately I am sad to report that It is 11/20/2012 I was admitted through emergency 11/19/2012 due to an asthma attack. I decided that maybe I should just move, because I can not find out what the problem is that is causing my asthma. Since where I live at I have been there for 4 yr. I have had this condition for 4 yrs. So I decided that I would move. Well apparently the 2 properties I viewed had water damage/ mold, that sent me into the worse asthma attack. I am typing this from my hospital bed. They said I might be home for thanksgiving. Damn can you believe it...I can't stand this disease. it's very crippling...
 
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cwille replied to Advisormisty's response:
I am truly sorry about what you are going through, I am going through the same thing, been in the hospital over 25 times in the last 2 years, lately things have gotten better, but that for me is just a sign that it is coming. I was on allergy shots, but after aabout a month i had a reaction to the shots, had to have 2 epi shots to calm me down, thank god i was in the hospital when it happened, i have been through so much meds and nothing works, i had reactions to singular, and of course the steroids gave me cataracts, i am 45 and started the asthma about 5 years ago, i am now going to the national jewish clinic in denver to see what is causing these problems, i am curious though , you said you were getting rashes on your arms, i was getting itchy , than red rashes on my arms and sometimes it would be bloody. My doctor said it was from the prednisone, but just as fast as i got it , the rashes disappered. My doc has me on amitriptyline which is an anit depressent drug, seems to help so far. He said that they use to treat severe asthmatics years ago with it, and since we can't get anything else to work, i figured why not, anyway i pray for your well being and hope u can be home for thanksgiving, i know what it is like , last year was in hospital for both thanksgiving and christmas . god bless and good luck

cwille
 
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amcate replied to Aqua14's response:
I find Zyrtec helpful as well. My skin itches and gets red bumps and sores from time to time, and the Zyrtec stops the itching. Also, if my nose is going and the eyes are watering it takes care of that within 2 hours and so indirectly helps the asthma (nothing dripping into the lungs).
 
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amcate replied to Advisormisty's response:
Sorry to hear about being in the hospital. I've moved before, the first time due to a dusty apartment and I couldn't afford an allergist or any MD. Moving by itself helped a lot back then. Best of luck.
 
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sgbl88 replied to Advisormisty's response:
Hi, I am so sorry I missed your post and that you have been in the hospital.

Feel better.
Sonya
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]
 
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bresky replied to Advisormisty's response:
Hi Adviormisty

I understand your frustration I have been hospitalized to many times to count and been rushed a few times to a bigger health center by ambulance for closer monitoring and have been intubated once. It is so frusterating to live life like that. I also see a specialisit I see a respirologist every 6 weeks 3 hours a way. i have moved, i have changed jobs (although now I am on disability) I understand your frustration. Please let me know if I can be of any more help. I am on so many medications. It is very frustrating. i am currently trying a gluten free diet right now to see if that helps. I do see a counsler for mental health and stress managment as stress really triggers my asthma.

Bre
 
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klynn88 responded:
I have had asthma since I was a baby and I'm now 24 and have tried many types of medicine. Have you ever tried Advair to help control your asthma? When my Dr first put me on it I thought it would be just like all the other medicines but this one really worked for me. Its worth asking to see if Advair is right for you and if its hard for you to afford it if you go on the Advair website they can help you. They did it with me when I was between jobs. As far as location goes I would try to move somewhere the weather is mostly the same year round. The change with the seasons was my biggest trigger. I moved from up north all the way down south and it has helped me a lot however the humidity bothers me sometimes. I wish you the best of luck with everything!
 
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Advisormisty replied to klynn88's response:
I truly thank you all, for being here for me. It has truly been a tough road for me. I look at myself in the mirror and I do not even see the same person anymore. This asthma has beaten me so bad. I have lost 20 pds. I have not been able to get back. I am constantly praying to God to please take this off of me. I am loosing bone, this is really a bad thing because I wear dentures. It seems like the steroids go straight to my gums, and they just continue to shrink. Right now I feel so insecure. I use Qvar 80 mg. a day I have never tried Advair before. Is Advair a straight Steroid as well as Qvar? The Doctor gave me a perscription for asmanex, I do not use that medication simply because it give me heart palpatations......
 
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Advisormisty replied to Aqua14's response:
I truly thank you all, for being here for me. It has truly been a tough road for me. I look at myself in the mirror and I do not even see the same person anymore. This asthma has beaten me so bad. I have lost 20 pds. I have not been able to get back. I am constantly praying to God to please take this off of me. I am loosing bone, this is really a bad thing because I wear dentures. It seems like the steroids go straight to my gums, and they just continue to shrink. Right now I feel so insecure. I use Qvar 80 mg. a day I have never tried Advair before. Is Advair a straight Steroid as well as Qvar? The Doctor gave me a perscription for asmanex, I do not use that medication simply because it give me heart palpatations......
 
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Advisormisty replied to cwille's response:
Wow has it been 2 wks already. My goodness. I am so busy having breathing difficulties until time just seems to get away from me. Yes you know I was getting rashes on my arms chest, and legs. Little red bumps look bloddy yes that's from the singular. Also I have been on amitriptyline before, but not for asthma. For depression after I had my son. I will read up on this, because if It helps asthma that's a new one. If I were to take it now, it would make me very sleepy simply because it has been a while since I last taken some. So is it helping you any?
 
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Advisormisty replied to amcate's response:
Thank you I will try the zyrtec, I heard it makes a person sleep all day. Is that true?
 
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Advisormisty replied to amcate's response:
Thank you very much. Well it's december my lease is up in december, if I do not find another place I will have to sign for another 6 months. Well looks like I have to sign , because to move right now would be too much stress for me. So I am having someone come out to the house to clean out the ducts and furnace. Then their gonna come out and clean the carpet with some non-allergic stuff, then I am going to clean down my walls. Then I have ordered one of those salt rocks lamps, I sure hope this helps me get through to 6 months along with allergy shots, Qvar 80 mg. zyrtec and my green teas.....tell me what you think..


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