Asthma

My asthma is OUT OF CONTROL!!

Anyone else out there having issues? First, I didn’t get asthma until last year. Chronic Asthma was the diagnosis. I didn’t know one could develop it. I had always heard that people “grew out of it” not “grew into it”. Imagine my shock.

Ok so there is an inhaler and some meds. Great! I’m already taking a daily pharmacy of meds now let’s just add some more. Here’s the problem. They are not working. For the most part, my asthma is manageable. But when it isn’t… OMG.

My experience recently has been way over the top.

Example: past few weeks I’ve noticed I’m coughing more everyday. But ok I can live with that. The weather here is changing … getting colder which is probably affecting my asthma.

However…. when you can’t laugh, talk or breathe without spams upon spasms of coughing and gasping for air… it’s over. In a recent experience of coughing I started throwing up.. now I can’t breathe, and am throwing up… Seriously? This can’t be life.

At one point I found myself holding on to the edge of the bed. To anchor myself while trying desperately to breathe. What’s worse, once this starts I’m in a constant continuous cycle until my inhaler kicks in. My inhaler doesn’t always work instantly. And this particular instance was one of those times.

I’m not complaining. I’m just coming off of a night of a sever attack. I’m exhausted tonight due to lack of sleep from last night. I’m afraid to laugh or breathe too deeply as that triggers my asthma. Again… this can’t be life.

I’m only talking about my experience with asthma… the meds and the cost for “maintenance meds” is life changing. For someone who takes meds for PTSD… adding the cost for asthma medication it’s excruciatingly expensive just to stay alive. Choices should not come down to being emotionally well vs breathing… seriously is this really a choice?

My choice right now is to be emotionally better. Breathing? Yes it’s important, but if one can’t function emotionally, breathing won’t be important anyway.

January is coming, health benefits recycle, and I can get a new inhaler and some breathing treatments.

Hang in there I tell myself. Breathe not so deeply. DONT laugh and whatever you do try not to cough for any reason…

Anyone out there struggling to deal with asthma? Any advice? I’m open to what others are doing to manage their asthma…

thank you in advance for sharing your experience with me.

15 comments

  1. I was recently diagnosed with asthma. My family Dr said if you grew up in a smoking household, you can develop it later in life. I was diagnosed with a combination of asthma and COPD on top of my heart condition. I use 2 different inhalers, Qvar and proair, I use the proair a lot on bad days and breathe deeply, slowly in through the nose, out through the mouth. If it gets really bad, get to the er. Take care.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to sharing your experience… I used to smoke so in part I feel this asthma thing is my own doing. I am feeling better at the moment. Wishing
      This will go away isnโ€™t working so I guess another trip to the doctor is in order. Thank you again for sharing.

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  2. I experienced something similar. Sudden onset acute asthma like symptoms. I had a hunch it might have been a food issue. And after some considerable trial and error, I narrowed it down to a dye which is commonly used to enhance the visual appearance of some seafoods.
    It wasn’t an allergy exactly, it was more like a critical exposure reaction. What made it difficult to narrow down was the longevity of the symptoms and reaction was not immediate upon ingestion. Intensity of reaction rather than emergence of reaction was the key to identification. Maybe look at food.

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    • OM goodness. Thank you for sharing this. Food? Who would think that food could cause such a horrific experience. So sorry to hear was your experience. So glad that you figured out what was causing it. Iโ€™m definitely going to look at foods now. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. You have definitely given me something to think about. Much love ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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  3. I’m so sorry you are having these problems. And NO, it is NOT OK. You deserve better. When my lung problems started many years ago, I was living in a house with yet to be discovered black mold infestation. Like you, it was sudden and unexpected, as I had no previous history of asthma. Please take care, and don’t stop searching for answers until you are better. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

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    • Thatโ€™s the goal and yes itโ€™s a condition…. on that takes over your life when itโ€™s occurring or symptoms are present! Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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