Post # 1
Does anyone else here suffer from asthma? Today they just started me on singulair and dulera because my qvar inhaler wasn’t working.
I’ve had it since I was 8 or so, and everyone else me for most of my life I would grow out of it. My teacher grew out of it. My dad grew out of it. Mine has gotten much worse in my twenties, to the point where my rescue inhaler is used at least once a day when not controlled. I’m trying to grasp that it isn’t going to get better and I’m going to take medication every day without fail.
Can anyone share their asthma story?
Post # 2
I’ve had fairly bad asthma most of my life. Only people ignorant to my situation told me I would grow out of it, it was way too severe. I used to have to use a nebulizer every 4 hours, even at night. It gets better at times though, the last time when I was going through testing due to other issues according to the PFT I wouldn’t meet the insurance definition for asthma.
I’m on singulair, and it’s helped me out but I use it more for sinus issues than my asthma. It made a huge difference for me when I was first put on it. Over time things improved, and I got lazy as it was the only medication I took before bed so eventually I stopped taking it. Due to the new issues I’m back on it, and haven’t noticed any side effects.
When it comes to health issues, my asthma isn’t the top concern. Taking inhalers and popping a pill isn’t so bad, and the inhalers are pretty portable. No extra supplies, ice packs, etc. like another one of my ‘rescue’ meds.
Post # 3
WB won’t let me edit my post. To the last paragraph, I do want to add that asthma attacks can be serious, I don’t mean to downplay that.
Post # 4
I developed asthma in my 20’s, so it’s been quite a few years. For awhile I took pills and had a rescue inhaler and another one, can’t remember what it was. These days I just use my inhaler before exercising and I’ve found being active is a huge benefit. it seems like it gets worse right at the change of the seasons, but over all it’s probably gotten a little better. As long as I power walk and exercise I seem to stay healthier, but it’ll never go away completely.
Post # 5
I’ve had asthma since I was a kid and it got worse as I got older not better. In college I was on steroids for 5-6 months one year after that my doctor started me on xolair injections (anti IgE, the injections stop the immune system from responding to triggers), which I get every 2 weeks and have been able to be taken off of almost all daily medication and I use my rescue inhaler 1-2 a month. I have now been getting these injections for 6 years and have not had an attack requiring an ER visit in that time, I have only had minor attacks that were controlled by my rescue.
Post # 6
I’ve had athsma since I was a child and have been hospitalized twice for it. I used to have to use a nebulizer and was on advair, dulera, serevent, xolair, etc. However, after I moved from southern CA (just outside of LA) to NC, my athsma really improved. Now I only use my rescue inhaler occasionally (i.e. maybe once a month).
Post # 7
AB Bride: I know it isn’t the worst thing! I’m just struggling with it. I am lucky that it isn’t worse and that I don’t have worse things to deal with. Perspective is important. I’m glad to hear that you have had a good experience with singulair. I’m admittedly guilty of the same thing, but with inhalers in the morning. I’m barely alive when I wake up! Taking medication isn’t my forte that early.
tulletime: mine seems to happen even if I take my rescue inhaler first! Don’t you get shaky if you take it before exercise?
forscience: that’s kind of amazing. I’m happy yours is so much better!
housebee: I’m not in a huge city, but am considering moving back out to the country to hopefully help mine. I don’t know, its a pretty big decision and I have a great price on rent! I’m glad you solved your problem for the most part!
Honestly it helps to hear that things can get better.
Post # 8
Hi Rappig~i don’t get shakey from my inhaler, but use it a little before and not at the last minute. a nebulizer treatment will make me incredibly shakey tho!