Post # 1
Just a quick question for any medically savvy bees out there.
I have been having severe wheezing issues since last night. I have a ventolin inhaler, but I’ve already exceeded the maximum daily dosage, and even so, it only helped for maybe 30 minutes. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to help open airways, or stop wheezing that doesn’t involve an inhaler?
Post # 3
@adnama: It depends on why your airways are closing. Do you have asthma? I was diagnosed with asthma by a pediatric asthma/allergist and albuterol never did anything but make me sick. That quack drugged me for 11 years without ever doing a test to confirm my asthma. My freshman year of college I got a second opinion and failed a methacoline challenge test proving that I don’t have asthma. What I do have is paradoxical vocal fold motion aka vocal cord dysfunction (VCD). When I exercise, am exposed to smoke, perfume, or allergens, and when I am extremely upset/stressed my vocal cords swell and close off my airway. If your wheezing is being caused by something like this, I can help you. Do you feel like the wheezing is origination from your chest or throat? For me my throat gets really tight and it can feel like someone it trying to strangle me. VCD cannot be treated with medications (except for anti anxitey ones). Instead there are breathing exercises that you can do. When you exhale purse your lips and make a ffffffs fffffs sound It helps to relax and open your airways. Another way to relax your airways is to sing. That is what I have been trying to do through my attacks lately.
Post # 4
Go to the hospital or an emergency clinic!
Post # 5
Please, please call go to the hospital! They can give you a nebulizer treatment, which will help. Please!
Post # 6
@Eckle: Thanks, that was very informative! I have no idea why they are closing – I have been sick lately so this is just a later symptom, but I do have what my doctor called “excercise induced asthma”. I will try those breathing techniques! Unfortunately I’m missing choir practice tonight so less singing for me.
Thanks guys! But I don’t think it’s quite serious enough to go to the ER, but I’ll go to the clinic if it’s like this in the morning.
Post # 7
I have asthma and it gets worse when I get sick. One thing besides my inhaler that helps is to take a shower and let it create a lot of steam. Also using things like this: http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/johnson's-baby-soothing-vapor-bath/ID=prod389623-product
Post # 8
@adnama: That what my doctor said that I had too. He was sooo wrong. VCD is often mistaken for exercise induced asthma that doesn’t respond well to treatment. Reserach papers on VCD state that it very often co-occurs, something like 30% to 60% of the time (I can’t remember which it is), with asthma and that young women are the most likely to have VCD. You may want to look into it and see if you have both.
I totally understand not feeling quite bad enough to go to the ER, in fact I went to the ER with breathing difficulty for the first time last week. It took me 3 days to cave. I started with a bad dose of cold air on Sunday and didn’t actually go to the ER until Tuesday night when I really started to struggle to get air in. (btw with VCD it is difficult to inhale but easy to exhale, while with asthma the difficulty is exhaling) They ended up sticking a camera up my nose to watch my vocal cords while I was still wheezing (only way to diagnose VCD) which was not so pleasant, but my self diagnosis was finally confirmed.
Post # 9
Do you have an urgent care centre near you? Asthma is something they specify that you should go to them for.
If you’re taking your rescue inhaler that much and it is actually asthma that’s causing the problem, you need medication that’s intended for long-term use. It may or may not be another inhaler.
Running hot water in the shower and sitting and breathing the steam can help break up any mucus.
Post # 10
As the Mother of a severe asthmaic (and asthma is what killed my daughter), I can tell you when there is an infection involved, inhalers alone won’t do the trick. You probably need your blood gases checked and a chest x-ray, and probably a round of steroids to get the inflammation down as well as antibiotics.
Post # 11
Drink black coffee, if that doesn’t work, go to the doctor!
Post # 12
@Eckle: Very interesting! I definitely have more troubles inhaling than exhaling.
Thanks guys, I’m definitely going to be trying these things