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    Asthma,Allergies & Severe Scoliosis
    Krystian13 posted:
    I'm 20 years old and have been suffering from asthma for over 14 years. My asthma go so bad that my lungs began to shut down and i was put on numerous different steroids. Well finally my doctor put me on xolair to help "control" my asthma. Unfortunately there are two other factors that make my asthma worse. I suffer from bad allergies (trees, grass, mold, mildew, cats, etc.) and I also have severe scoliosis that has caused the bottom of my left lung to be slightly crushed. I feel like i have stressed all the options that i have at home when i have an asthma attack. I normally take 2 nebulizer treatments, take my rescue inhaler, and drink black coffee...and yet i still feel very tired, continue to cough and wheeze. My local emergency room is tired of seeing me in there for asthma problems... What else am i to do?
    lisabcool responded:
    Krystian13-- I am sorry it took me 11 months to find this post. I may not be the person to offer you all of the advice because I, too, suffer from the same symptoms. I have a 37 degree curve after having surgery. I believe I've always had asthma. But, it is only made worse by allergies and the invasion into my left lung. I was looking for support because I have had pneumonia and bronchitis within the past 6 months. It seems like I keep on getting sick over and over again.... Here is my action plan. Hopefully, it helps. I am on Singulair and Allegra for allergies. I am on a steroid inhailer symacort for maintenance. I also do a nebulizer up to two times a day. Right now, I am on 50 mg of prednizone, suped up cough syrup and antibiotics because I also have a double ear infection (life sucks sometimes!).

    1. We just got rid of our cats of 14 years. I've had mine ever since graduating college in 2000.
    2. I am taking vitamin supplements that helps fight body inflammation. My idea is this... If your body is inflamed, your lungs are only going to get worse when exposed to an allergen. I am doing my vitamin through meleleuca but I am sure you can find them all over the internet.
    3. Dang nabit. I have to exercise. Walking fast to get the heart rate up and push those lungs.
    4. One thing that really helped me when I was younger was playing the french horn. I think this kept me off of breathing treatments in high school. I am thinking about picking it up again and trying to blow my way to stronger lungs.
    5. I also take decongestant on occassion to airways open.

    I hope this helps. I am honestly looking for that magic answer, too. Prednisone seems to be my miracle drug. But, I know it isn't good to be on it permanently. Please reply back if you get this and let me know how you are doing-- my fellow scoleosis sister.

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