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singmusic4u posted:
I'm 36 and was diagnosed with asthma in my 20's. My asthma is mild to moderate with major flare-up (to me that is not controlled), but my pulmonary specialist says he can't do anything else for me. Every winter (especially), I have a major flare-up with the dry hacking cough (which is so bad that I end up pulling muscles in my back and stomach because they say the cough has nowhere to go. I usually have episodes of excaberation that is pretty bad and they put me on antibiotics and prednisone. I've been in the er twice in 2 weeks for asthma and bronchitis that is not getting any better. The first er visit the er doctor put me on a zithromyiocin for 5 days and prednisone and this time he put me on amoxicillin 500mg (30 days) and prednisone. They said my lungs were full (cough with mucous) then they give me 3 or 4 breathing treatments, do chest x-rays (clear) and say my lungs are clear but then ask if I've ever been diagnosed with COPD or if I'm supposed to be on oxygen. The doctor tells me that is has to be something in the air that I'm breathing in (well obviously). This makes absolutely no sense! I can't work right now and haven't been able to talk (hoarseness, slight burning on right side of chest, give out of breath doing nothing, and extremely fatigued). Any suggestions?

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