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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by downstairs, Apr 20, 2002.

  1. downstairs


    May 13, 2001
    Pasadena, MD
    i woke up 6, my eyes very red, my nose completly clogged and my throat had a little tickle. now my eyes are alot better, my nose is clogged on my right side, i am constantly coughing, and i have to take my inhaler about every 4-6 hours, and i can't sing in tune now. i'm having my mom take me to the doctor sometime during this week.

    On the bright side, i had an awesome band practice today, and last night i saw my favorite band "setback" (local, i doubt you've heard of em). the bassist is pretty good at slapping (much better than myself) but he uses scopped mids, i could barely hear him, and it was awesome, everyone is very good at their instruments (no solo's) and the vocalist/guitarist looks like he could be my older brother.
  2. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    I can sympathize with you. I had asthma as a kid, then it subsided and I felt no symptoms 'til about 5 years ago. Now, it's back with a vengeance. 4 nights ago, I woke up with a severe asthma attack. In case you don't know, that's where you cannot breath AT ALL! The more I tried gasping for air, the more my muscles tightened. A few more seconds and I would have passed out. Fortunately, I remembered the one most important rule, that is, calm yourself down. I managed to take a slow breath and recovered. Scary stuff. I think I now have an idea of what it feels like to drown. I hope you never get it this bad.

  3. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    As a lifelong asthmatic, I can tell you that when you start using your rescue inhaler every four to six hours, you need to see a doctor fast. Your situation may deteriorate very fast. Promise me that if you get to the point you need that inhaler every three hours or less, you will go at once to the doctor. Also if you find you need to sit up at night to breathe, you have to get stronger medicine right away. You are doing your heart and lungs no favors by delaying.

    You should not be overdosing on your inhaler because it can cause an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure. But the main reason is that once you start taking the rescue inhaler more than twice a day, your airways are not recovering. They need stronger medicine, usually a prednisone formulation or you may need a nebulizer to help reduce the inflammation and constriction of the airways. Only a doctor can prescribe these medications.

    One thing that helped me tremendously...well two things. I have never been back to the E.R. since I started to take a pill called Singulair. It is a once a day pill that has been a liberation for me. Also, there is a new inhaler...not a rescue inhaler, but a preventative inhaler. It looks like a flying saucer. You take one puff twice a day...every day. It is called Advair. With these two medications I never even need a rescue inhaler.

    The truth about asthma is that it is far better to keep it controlled with regualr preventive medications than to be having attacks. Every asthma attack is potentially dangerous. I hope you get to the doctor immediately and I hope you recover soon. As a fellow sufferer, I give you my sympathies.

    One last caveat...if you smoke, stop once and for all. The other is, stay out of smokey environments.
  4. So stay away from your girlfriends house for a day or two... lol

    whenever i get colds, i become a semi asmatic. My grandma takes that all-in-one inhaler, and she's had no problems ever since
  5. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Xavier, I just saw your post. I've been in that situation. In fact, three times I thought and my husband thought we'd never get to the hospital on time. Plus once you get there, you fear the medicine won't work fast enough to save you.

    The feeling is like a ton is on your chest and your ribs have shrunk and are so tight you cannot get a breath in or out. It is a crushing feeling. Suffocation, drowning and strangulation must be horrible deaths.

    It is exhausting at that stage because every breath is a battle for air. You can't talk and don't dare move because any movement makes matters worse. We are talking real panic here. My husband says it is horrible to watch because your neck muscles suck all the way in and you do look like a fish out of water, literally.

    Xavier, because your asthama has returned in adulthood, it would be a good idea to get a prescription rescue inhaler to always have on hand for such emergencies. The other would be to consider daily preventive medicines such as I mentioned above so that attacks never occur.

    And if you smoke...QUIT.
  6. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Freaky Fender, it is very common for a cold or flu to worsen an asthma condition. That's why asthmatics should take flu shots every year and occassional pneumonia shots because a bad case of flu can become extremely serious if asthma sets in too.
  7. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I have asthma. Also have very bad allergies. I basically realized a while ago that I would just have to suffer through those 4-6 weeks every spring.

    Then I found eastern medicine. Thank you herbal perscriptions. Thank you acupuncture. I live life feeling 99.9% normal. I can go outside on a hot but breezy day with pollen flying all over the place, and it doesn't bother me one bit.

    Netty pots are cool too, big help.
  8. downstairs


    May 13, 2001
    Pasadena, MD
    thanks all of you, i know i have to get to the doctors, but my mom is off with the boyscouts and my dad dosen't really know all too much about my doctors. i would be taking a steroid for my asthma, but i had a rare side effect where it caused depression, it caused me to sleep all the time and not care about school. thanks again.
  9. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    Nah.....I won't :D

    Anyway, I get really bad hayfever in the summer. Last year the highest pollen count day was the day when i had most of my summer exams :oops:
    In the middle of my French exam I had to be escorted to the bathrooms to get a roll of toilet paper. Which i used up in about 10 minutes.
  10. I have asthma, but its near the problem it used to be. When I was real little I had so many asthma attacks I wasn't expected to live very long. But here I am, alive and kickin :)
  11. Hmmm, let's see - I have asthma, hayfever, and allergy to fabric softeners (results in urticaria) and am allergic in a big way to snails (only the eaten kind!)

    However, I use becotide as my preventer, and have salbutamol inhalers at home, in my jacket and at work! My asthma is very well controlled and the worst it gets is in winter going from cold to warm ie going from outside to indoors. Hayfever I take an anti-histamine called zirtek - it works a treat for me.

    We don't use fabric softeners in the house - porr wife and kiddy, but the last time this happened to me I was living with my parents. Basically my whole skin became very itchy and if you scratched it just got worse!! I was on 5 triludan tablets a day for 9 months to get rid of that one!!!

    I have only had snails once in my life - my 24th birthday. Basically they nearly killed me, I have never had them since but I do remember they were lovely!!!! D'oh

    Hope your asthma gets better!
  12. downstairs


    May 13, 2001
    Pasadena, MD
    hey, heres the update, my mom got back from the boyscouts, and saw the way i was breathing and brought me to the ER. i got 2 nebulizer treatments, and then i got a prescription for 5 days of oral steroids, a peak flow meter, and this thing for my inhaler to make it work better. also i got allergy medicine so hopefully it wont happen in fall like it normally does. my doctor said i was doing a good thing and taking the inhaler no more than 2 puffs every 4 hours, thanks everyone for the support n stuff.
  13. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    I have various ailments including asthma and allergies :mad:

    Let's just say that, for all the money I have to spend on medication right now, I could be leasing a luxury car! :mad:

    I truly feel your pain... :(

  14. ----------

    it's amazing what some common-sense natural remedies can do. they're not always the quick-fix that a pill can be, but over time you can really benefit and strengthen your immune system.

    yoga helped me immensely, both in terms of breathing capacity and calming down the allergic response. my boyfriend swears by alfalfa pills.

    i've had 2 very scary asthma/allergy reactions, and they really are a drag. just reading about other peoples' experiences makes me feel itchy and stressed.

    the whole weird weather patterns we're having lately don't help much, either. pollen counts are all over the map.

    another thing that works wonders is swimming. for years, they told me to stay away from it, coz of the mold spores and what-not. but i did it, and followed up the swims with a dry sauna, and i felt like a million bux.

    don't feed all those pharmaceutical companies your dough if you can help it!

  15. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Ah yes tis the season for the wheezers to rise. More so now than ever. First of Blop made some very good points, her advice is very true, I would advise you to follow it. From the ER side, I have found that most wheezers wait too long to get medical attention, by the time they get to me, their condition is life threatening. Here is the news flash...IF YOUR RESCUE INHALER DOESNT WORK AFTER 2 DOSES, GET HELP!!!!!!! . iTS AS SIMPLE AS THAT. I cant syress that enough. With all the new preventive type medications now, leukotrine inhibitors and such, inhalers are much more effective. Which means that if they dont work quickly, chances are they wont work at all.

    In my area we have environmental specialist and allergist working together now to help isolate asthma triggers in homes, schools, work areas, etc. Once you limit or eliminate your exposure to these triggers, your attacks will minimize.

    Daily monitoring is also key. Get a peak flow meter and monitor yourself 3-4 times per day, at the same times, same body position. This will give you a good idea on whether or not your asthma is exacerbating and serve as an early waring device.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask.

  16. My trouble exactly. I have tried MANY different types of preventive inhalers (Proventil, Ventolin, Singulair, Serevent, etc etc etc) and none of them helped to any recognizable degree. The ONLY things that seem to help are abuterol and nebulizers. And since nebulizers are bulky and need to be plugged in, I can't carry one around with me. I have been round and round with my allergist about my meds. I try each inhaler for 90, but see no improvment. I REALLY want this stuff to go away. Any ideas, Mike?

    Rock on
  17. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Eric, you are right about the inconvenience of nebulizers...heavy, bulky, etc, plus they take a lot of time to sit down and breathe through the aparatus. Also the medicine has to be the right kind of vial and none of this "travels" very well.

    Singulair isn't an inhaler, though. Singulair is a once-a-day pill. Are you sure you have tried it? Also, there is a nother similar pill which is twice-a-day, but also helped me a lot.

    I hope you will be able to find a solution to your problems because asthma and allergies can be very limiting to one's activities, not to mention the discomfort.
  18. I've been dealing with the asthsma/allergies for a little over a year now. I got mono a while back, and one thing that also happened was that I got my asthsma back! Wee!!

    But my doctors thought it was only allergies. So the meds they gave me didn't work to well. Until I started taking advair diskus. Opened me back up, let me feel better and let me get over the mono.

    But I was still diagnosed with acute allergies. So asthsma went untreated. Until 3 months ago. Started taking a med called singulair. I'm doing much better, I can go workout now also. It's like a night and day difference. I can workout, get the lungs working, and need my rescue inhaler much less.

    Plus I quit smoking. Duuuuuuh. Did that as soon as I found out it was actually asthsma.

    So now I'm working out, gettin in better shape, losing a little weight, and am generally becoming happier w/ life.

    It's all good.
  19. i quit smoking after 25 years and recommend it to all, if your having a hard time go on web md and read the horror stories. you couldnt pay me 1000 dollars to smoke a cigarette! heres one horror story,....i was recently diagnosed with mild emphysema, from smoking, i freeked, i thought my life would be cut short, ....luckily, i t was caught very early, thanks to my primary care who is a cardio pulmonary specialist, and my inspiration,..i walk @5-6 miles a day and i feel great, i dont and wont even get winded. i even jog and ride bicycle..i dont need inhalers or any type of breathing treatments and the good news is this disease at my stage is only progressive if i continue to smoke. im 45 and ill make it to 90 if i dont smoke. .........by the way,........marijuana is not gods free gift, dont be fooled,it is very harmful to your lungs. as harmful or more than cigarettes. do you guys know lung cancer was a rarity before the 20th century,........before tobacco got real popular.
    sorry to sound like an anti cigarette nazi but if one of you listen its worth it. knowledge IS definitly contagious. it worked for me!
  20. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    Well, yesterday was a bad asthma day for me. So much so that I ended up at the emergency ward in the hospital. I think it's time to quit fooling around with the Salbutanol inhaler which does me absolutely no good, and go see the doc about some real medication.
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